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Poll: Iowans care about SMS, not SSM

by Jeremy Hooper

Iowa-Flag1-1Polls are of course, well, polls. And yes, this one only sampled 805 Iowans via telephone. But still, it's encouraging to see that while 72% think a driving-while-texting ban deserves legislative time and a possible ban, only 36% feel the same way about marrying-while-gay:

A majority of Iowans think the issue of gay marriage doesn't deserve lawmakers' limited time.

Among six hot-button topics, a new Iowa Poll shows a majority of Iowans consider only a ban on text messaging while driving worth the Legislature's time during a session shortened by 20 days to cut costs. Iowans are not enthusiastic about devoting time to debates on gay marriage, puppy mills, gun control, payday loans or gambling.
Iowans rate drivers' texting as more urgent than gay marriage [Des Moines Register]

So to recap:

"OMG, let's go to the mall" = a dangerous driving activity.

"OMG should be used to deny civil marriage" = a dangerous driving belief.

That's a godly outlook we can get behind! Stay focused on real dangers, Iowa, not false and divisive ones.

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Your thoughts

This is encouraging. What I'd like to know is why this didn't come out before I left the Midwest for what I considered were greener pastures out in California.

Well, at least I've still go my nice weather.

Hey, look at that. It's raining.

Posted by: Aya | Feb 8, 2010 1:19:52 PM

Puppy mills, gun control and payday loans are issues that I think would be appropriate. . .When did these right-wing politicians start advocating for animal cruelty, murder and fraud?

And, okay, I had a close call while driving with a cellphone attached to my ear.

Ban inbred puppies. . .Control these damned guns. . .Convict the payday loan predators. . .put down the damned phone. . .

Stay out of my bed. . .stay out. . .

Posted by: Jon | Feb 8, 2010 1:49:20 PM

While this is good news, I am still worried by the fact that, even if Iowans *don't* care about who's getting married, if *given* the chance they would still vote to take my rights away!

Hell, I am STILL damned curious as to why a.) no one's been selling to either legislators of the residents of our state (say, through the local news media!0 that we are a protected SUSPECT CLASS according to the unanimous declaration of the IA. Supreme Court (whose Chief Justice was nominated by a GOP Governor!); and b.) why no one's coming forward and declaring that it's their job to protect a minority from being targeted by legislation (I've contacted the IA. Attorney General, and he has not replied in the last 2+ weeks). After all, are legislators even ALLOWED to write, let alone debate, Legislation that expressly targets a minority and a Suspect Class? Or, must it go to a vote by the citizens of that state before it can be challenged by the Judicial branch? Who's job is it to protect us?

Posted by: Wade MacMorrighan | Feb 8, 2010 3:14:06 PM

Let's be be sure to keep track of:

-How many straight marriages in Iowa are "destroyed,"
-How many Iowa churches have lesbians wearing strap-ons barging in and parading around, with the pastors powerless to stop them,
-How many Iowa churches are forced to perform same-sex marriages against their will,
-How many Iowa schools are showing gay porn to students,
-And how many people start petitioning to make marriage to children or animals legal.

Posted by: TB Tabby | Feb 8, 2010 6:30:49 PM

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