Good As You: Iowa Roundup

05/11/2009

D-IA says past biases are DOA

His state came on board. Now Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) is himself on history's good side: U.S. senator Tom Harkin, the powerful Democrat from Iowa who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, announced on Friday that his...

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05/04/2009

Video: Think of us as your queer-obsessed Tivo

We never got to show you last Friday's extremely gay supportive episode of "Oprah." So here it is. Watch it. Now. Lady O commands you: Hey O: Show this to your friend Barack! Iowa Legalizes Gay Marriage [oprah]

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04/29/2009

Video: Monogamous commitment somehow leads to AIDS; Anti-gay leaders somehow live with selves

Holy mother of nasty, unscrupulous anti-gay attacks: Because encouraging monogamy, and telling gay kids like the late Randy Schowengerdt that they can grow up and have the same opportunities as their heterosexual peers, encourages HIV/AIDS?!?! What sort of "logic" is...

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04/27/2009

Video: Benign equality fails to destroy (or even swine flu-ize) yet another state

Scenes from a beautiful Iowa day: And perhaps our favorite: This one in which longtime homo foe Robert Knight suggests, if you are to follow his canine-feline-based "logic" to its rational conclusion, that the Iowa Supreme Court completely changed the...

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Corn staters work through marriage maize maze

Even if the weather is rainy in Des Moines or super shitty in Sioux City, it's a gorgeous day all over the state of Iowa. That's because today is the day that same-sex couples can begin getting their civil marriage...

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04/24/2009

ADF to Iowa: Bias by us should be protected from bias

It's sometimes reasonable for folks to invoke the "cancer of tyranny" when talking about same-sex marriage and the denial of the same. But not when the folks in question are the anti-gay people who have turned this national conversation into...

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04/23/2009

Some Iowa gavel-bangers sure know how to judge

This from the Des-Moines Register: At least one Iowa magistrate has decided that he will no longer perform marriages, a response due in part to the Iowa Supreme Court ruling that allows same-sex couples to marry. Third District Magistrate Francis...

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04/22/2009

Video: From gathered storms spring beautiful flowers

New Ad: How the Freedom to Marry benefits ALL Iowans [One Iowa]

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04/17/2009

Do my lawful job? Nah, I'm gonna call in anti-gay today.

When California began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, one local activist, Randy Thomasson, compared those government workers who were "forced" to issue these licenses to Nazi officers that "had been ordered to gas the Jews." So far we haven't...

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04/14/2009

And there's a good chance the perp identifies as 'pro-life'

Because of his vocal support for marriage equality, openly gay Iowa state senator Matt McCoy has received a death threat: Iowa officials confirmed State Senator Matt McCoy, the legislature’s sole openly gay member, received a death threat via voice message...

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Land in Iowa (but not for a same-sex wedding)

In a new piece that he's penned for Baptist Press, Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission president Richard Land calls Iowa... The poster child for marriage amendments [BP News] Replacing the anti-gay amendments' previous poster child: If you ask...

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04/10/2009

What is it with the far-right and rainwater?!

In the same week that we've all been exposed to NOM's ridiculous storm ad, an Iowa pastor, Eric Schumacher, is now turning to nature to make his own frighteningly over-the-top points. This from Baptist Press: The Flood of 2008 is...

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04/09/2009

Rice-A-roni, Ghiradhelli, sourdough, and equality. YUM!

Warning, Iowa: Those pesky "San Francisco values" are coming to getcha. At least according to the Family Research Council: In the wake of the Iowa State Supreme Court's outrageous decision to impose San Francisco values on an unwilling public, Iowans...

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04/07/2009

'Protect children'...by publicly mocking and denouncing their families

How do you react to a sweet picture of two mothers celebrating a long overdue victory with their six-year-old daughter? Well if you're Peter LaBarbera, you post something like this: The young girl in this photo needs a father, and...

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04/06/2009

Sorry Mario, but no one's bi-ing it

Another anti-gay person with a paycheck to earn, another uninformed Iowa postmortem: “In this opinion, the justices act as a legislature, marriage counselor, psychologist, advocates, even priests or pastors, but not as judges. [With Friday's decision], they have not only...

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Palm Sunday followed by *Facepalm* Monday

Speaking on the Iowa ruling and his predicted fallout, the Iowa Family Policy Center's Bryan English says the following: "As I pondered the court's ruling, it occurred to me that Psalm 14:1 says 'The fool hath said in his heart...

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'Judges, schmudges!' say those who unfairly judge gay people

"Any legislator not willing to sponsor [a marriage ban] is proving their loyalty is with political agendas and not with the people of Iowa or the intent of our Founding Fathers." The above comment comes from Tamara Scott, the state...

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Video: Raise a wed flag

In order to commemorate the Hawkeye State's historic ruling, Human Rights Campaign staffers took a little time Friday afternoon to raise the Iowa state flag over their D.C. mothership: Upon seeing the raised banner, Westboro Baptist protestors reportedly totally them...

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04/05/2009

Video: Something old, new, borrowed, and corny

Now that we can, are you wondering where to get married in Iowa? Well here, maybe this vid will help you envision your photo backdrops: Eh, who needs The Plaza? Interstate 80 Iowa [YT]

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04/03/2009

It's a nice day for a White (House) wedding (acclamation)

As more and more courts, lawmakers, and everyday folk wise up to LGBT equality and the inadequacy of civil unions, statements like this one go from "annoying but politically understandable" to merely the former: "The President respects the decision of...

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Video: Chucking with equality

Chuck Hurley had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day: Ah, cheer up, Chuck. At least it's Friday. You can surely thank the God that you deny to gays for that, right? The Iowa Ruling [G-A-Y] (h/t: J.M.G)

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We've never found it wise to Rush into marriage

The chairman of the Republican party just can't understand why we won't stop in the fight to gain what is rightfully, legally ours: RUSH LIMBAUGH: For how many years were they talking about gay marriage? How many years were they...

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Video: Seems appropriate

Iowa by Dar Williams (original version) [YT]

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As far as 'culture wars' go, Iowa is NOM's 'Nam:

Maggie and Brian, career advocates for bias, have some less-than-welcoming thoughts regarding the fantastic Iowa ruling: “Injustice has been served today,” said Brian Brown, NOM. “The gay marriage movement has once again used the power of the courts to push...

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Video: It's a Sen. to support the Iowa ruling

We've already posted an amateur anti-gay reaction to the Iowa ruling. Now let's check out a professional, pro-gay one: Openly Gay Iowa State Senator Matt McCoy: 'Iowa Will Not Go Back' [Towle]

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Judicial Republicanism

FYI.: The justice who wrote the Iowa opinion, Mark S. Cady, was appointed by former Gov. Terry Branstad -- a conservative Republican. The chief justice of the court, Marsha Ternus, was also a Branstad appointee. Adjust your "judicial activism" claims...

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Because it's not a victory until press releases tell you so..

Iowa. The national organizations weigh in: “This is a truly historic day for Iowa and a proud day for every American who believes in the promise of equal rights and fairness for all,” said Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese....

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Video: Amateur outrage

Here it is: The first official condemnation of the Iowa ruling has been posted to Youtube: Ranty. But in his defense, his logic is only marginally less sound than the arguments that our opposition's lawyers are paid to make. vermont,...

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And we were this close to asking him to be our flower boy!

Peter LaBarbera will most certainly not be asking Iowa gays where they are registered: “Today Iowa becomes the first state not on either of the nation’s two liberal coasts to impose counterfeit, homosexual ‘marriage’ or its mischievous twin, ‘civil unions,’...

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Religious. Right.

Of all the points in the fantastic Iowa marriage ruling, this might just be our favorite: It is quite understandable that religiously motivated opposition to same-sex civil marriage shapes the basis for legal opposition to same-sex marriage, even if only...

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Iowa. WE WON!!!!!!!

Iowa Code section 595.2 is unconstitutional because the County has been unable to identify a constitutionally adequate justification for excluding plaintiffs from the institution of civil marriage. A new distinction based on sexual orientation would be equally suspect and difficult...

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04/02/2009

The state(s) of marriage: Tomorrow we get another?

Eek!: A long awaited and significant Iowa Supreme Court case ruling on same-sex marriage will be released tomorrow, likely at 8:30 a.m. The case, Varnum vs. Brien, involves six same-sex Iowa couples who sued Polk County Recorder Timothy Brien in...

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03/16/2009

The gall to bash Gill: Why rich, active groups are scared of one rich, active man

On "Scooby Doo," it was always those meddling kids at whom the captured villains would shake a frustrated fist. Mr. Wilson had Dennis the Menace. For Fred Flinstone, it was both the rack of ribs that was heavy enough to...

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02/05/2009

Unscrupulous anti-gay organization (no question mark needed)

The astounding arrogance of groups like Focus on the Family simply knows no bounds. For but one of ten billion examples, check this out. This is a photo and caption that's running in the latest issue of FOF's Citizen magazine:...

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01/09/2009

Audio: Pur-Sioux-ing inequality

With his state on the cusp of possibly legalizing marriage equality, Sioux City, IA, councilman Brent Hoffman has been waging an anti-gay crusade over the past year or so. Now in this sit-down chat with the Concerned Women For America,...

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12/16/2008

Sioux City: Sue/Sue to be treated shitty?

Marriage equality is currently being decided in the Iowa Supreme Court. But while we all await that body's binding legal ruling, local bodies are pushing for their own chance to ceremonially weigh in on the matter. Bodies like the Sioux...

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12/09/2008

Video: Some sites show you porn. We show you court hearings.

Today is Des Moines, the lovely, fantastic, peaceful, fair-minded, positive, equality-seeking pro-gay side made arguments in favor of marriage equality. Also, that other side had its moment. If you have a spare hour forty, you can watch both here: A...

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12/08/2008

'A Lie in Defiance of Fun turns attention midwestward

Regarding Iowa and the case his team will make in order to stave off the crushing tide of tolerance and respect, the Alliance Defense Fund's Douglas Napier has offered up the following: “The Iowa marriage law is simple, settled, and...

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Hurley-ing insults: IA anti-gay vow to up his anti-gayness

In regards to the possibility that his state's Supremes will concur with a lower court and grant marriage equality to gays, Chuck Hurley offers the following thoughts to Focus on the Family's Citizenlink news site: “We who believe in marriage...

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12/06/2008

IA 'judicial activism': Tony launches preemptive strike

Iowa is a big state to watch in terms of the marriage equality fight. We won in the lower court, and next week our case goes to the Supremes, where that body of justice will decide whether to (a) do...

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10/03/2008

Because Iowa u an update on Hawkeye State equality

This from the AP: DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Supreme Court says it will hear arguments in a case challenging the state's law banning gay marriage. The court on Friday announced it will hear oral arguments in the case...

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05/01/2008

Offense vs. defense: You decide who's the inappropriate Iowan

In reaction to the anti-bullying, pro-acceptance Day of Silence that was recognized last Friday by some of the nation's public school students, a "pro-family" personality in Iowa, Chuck Hurley, released the following letter, in which he encourages folks to pray...

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03/03/2008

Iowa poll: Says yes to 'civil' compromise, I don't to 'I dos'

A newly released Des Moines Register poll suggests that Iowa citizens support civil unions for same-sex couples, but are not yet in favor of the inevitable: marriage equality. Poll data is at link: Iowans lean in favor of civil unions...

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01/24/2008

Iowa: Judge judged by jury of anti-queers

Those anti-gay activists who are trying to impeach Iowa district court judge Robert Hanson for ruling last August that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, today submitted 6000+ petition signatures to the state Capitol: Activists pushes to impeach...

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01/17/2008

Photo: Dropping 'E' at gay-centric event

We've already shown you one photo from yesterday's anti-gay marriage rally in Iowa. Now for our favorite one: (photo credit: Holly McQueen/ Register) Wait, what's that? "Let 'usE' vote"? Oy -- WHATE AE DUMBE TYPOE! Vows or vowels: It would...

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Photo: Men couldn't keep hands off each other at gay-centric rally

This is a picture that the Des Moines Register took at yesterday's anti-gay marriage rally. Now we ask you -- Are these gentleman: (photo credit: Holly McQueen/ Register) (a) Trying to remove the chips they all have on their shoulders...

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01/16/2008

Roughage vs. Roughing up equality: both hard to digest

Today at the Capitol Building in Des Moines, those Iowans who are trying to ban gay marriage in the Hawkeye State are holding a "Let Us Vote" rally. Meanwhile, back at our headquarters in NYC, we who are trying to...

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