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NOM, FRC, others to run up gas bill; want same-sex couples to pay the price

by Jeremy Hooper

Because the social conservatives do love a bus tour ever so much: A new road trip is gassing up in the Hawkeye State:

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Presidential candidates Tim Pawlenty and Rick Santorum will participate in the tour, and candidate Michele Bachmann and other GOP presidential candidates are expected to join the tour as well. U.S. Reps. Steve King (R-IA) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) will also join Family Research Council Action President Tony Perkins, National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown, Susan B. Anthony List's Marilyn Musgrave, and other state and national leaders. The tour will be kicked off by Faith Family Freedom Fund Chairman Connie Mackey on Tuesday, August 9, 2011 at the state capitol and conclude at the Ames Straw Poll on August 13.

So let's see here: We've got NOM, a group whose hostility towards certain kinds of unions makes the Montagues and Capulets own pointed coupling denunciations seem mild by comparison. There's Tony Perkins, a man who directly likens gays to terrorists, calls LGBT rights a battle of "good versus evil," says Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal proponents are "willing to jeopardize our nation’s security to advance the agenda of the radical homosexual lobby," claims gay teens kill themselves because they know that they're "abnormal," says the gay activists who challenge FRC are "held captive by the enemy," writes that same-sex marriage will be "opening the door to all manner of moral and social evil," and who accuses equality advocates of having a "destructive agenda" that "will invade every corner of the nation." We've got Congressmen King and Gohmert, the former of whom does things like liken same-sex marriage to incest, the latter of whom turned the hates crimes debate into aggressive theatre of the absurd. We've got appearances from three of the most anti-LGBT presidential candidates in American history. And we've even got Marilyn Musgrave, one of the original backers of that failed historical pock mark known as the Federal Marriage Amendment. All touring around Iowa, with strong hopes of overturning the in-place, state-level marriage equality that the state's highest court unanimously determined to be constitutionally sound.

Some might call this a "values" bus, just like some might say it's perfectly fine to drop a deuce in the bus bathroom without proper ventilation and air freshener. But saying it doesn't make it so.


*Oh, and to add insult to injury: They're doing so on a bus whose graphical representation that almost looks like it's covered with HRC stickers:

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Fortunately, HRC has its own bus effort -- one in possession of actual stickers and actual value for all marriages.

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