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Bigot Lawmaker Panicked Iowa Will be the 'Gay Marriage Mecca'

Iowa Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron) released a panicked statement following the Iowa Supreme Court's unanimous ruling earlier today which legalized same-sex marriage in the state. King is panicked that Iowa is going to become "the gay marriage Mecca" and wants several obstacles drafted immediately.

King Wrote King:

“This is an unconstitutional ruling and another example of activist judges molding the Constitution to achieve their personal political ends. Iowa law says that marriage is between one man and one woman. If judges believe the Iowa legislature should grant same sex marriage, they should resign from their positions and run for office, not legislate from the bench.

“Now it is the Iowa legislature’s responsibility to pass the Marriage Amendment to the Iowa Constitution, clarifying that marriage is between one man and one woman, to give the power that the Supreme Court has arrogated to itself back to the people of Iowa. Along with a constitutional amendment, the legislature must also enact marriage license residency requirements so that Iowa does not become the gay marriage Mecca due to the Supreme Court’s latest experiment in social engineering.”

Think Progress posts a long list of King's record of bigotry.

Unfortunately for King the leaders of the Iowa legislature are fully behind the decision as evidenced by the dual statement from House Speaker Pat Murphy and Senate Majority leader Mike Gronstal earlier today.

Another thing that should be noted. The judge who wrote the opinion in the case was appointed by conservative Republican Governor Terry Brandstad.

It seems Republicans are behind most of the major favorable same-sex marriage decisions in recent history.

Hurley Watch another bigot, Chuck Hurley of the Iowa Family Policy Center, who you may remember organized a huge demonstration of hundreds of anti-gay bigots in January 2008 to pressure the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, react to the court's ruling today, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Oh Jesus, some fags might come to Iowa and spend their money on dining out and hotels.

    Oh God help us not that! Don't those queers know there's a recession on? Why, we could become a tourist destination!

    Trust the GOP to the big picture. I hope that those gay meccan's hold their nuptials on his driveway.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Apr 3, 2009 6:39:18 PM

  2. Sheesh, if only Iowa became a gay marriage mecca! Who knows how many millions how many millions their tourist, restaurant and hotel industries would earn.

    Posted by: Ryan | Apr 3, 2009 6:52:58 PM

  3. Fastlad, you're forgetting about all the recruitment efforts that will come with those gay tourists. The whole damn state will turn pink!

    Posted by: Paul R | Apr 3, 2009 6:53:36 PM

  4. Here's what's next for Iowa!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Apr 3, 2009 6:55:21 PM

  5. Do all Republican politicians go to the same comb-over-only beauty saloon?

    I sent him an email congratulating his state and stating, "Sucks to be a hater today."

    Posted by: homer | Apr 3, 2009 6:56:09 PM

  6. I grew up in Rep. King's district. Back in the day (the 60s and 70s) he would never have been elected. That district was represented by a wonderful gentleman, Rep. Berkley Bedell, who was never such a self-satisfied bigot. As I recall, he ran a bait shop in Spirit Lake or perhaps Lake Okoboji in the northern end of the district. Anyway, Steve King has been capitalizing on the peoples' fears, and I think has shamelessly exploited the elderly, native population for his own political gain. I think that by nature and by tradition, people in northwest Iowa are fair-minded and reasonable, just like their fellow-citizens across the state. So, I'm saying this is an example of a politician taking advantage of an issue, not because of his own convictions, but because of his own career. Northwest Iowa should dump King ASAP and get back to their tradition of tolerance and civility. Of course, I left their more than 20 years ago, and so it's probably not the place I remember, anymore.

    Posted by: KevinM | Apr 3, 2009 7:01:29 PM

  7. ah, they're losing and it just sucks. sucks to lose for them. their precious institution is being ruined by the homosexuals. we're gonna ruin everything, aren't we?

    OH's *ALREADY *ruined to begin with. party on! :-P

    Posted by: liz templin | Apr 3, 2009 7:14:43 PM

  8. If the Constitution of Iowa somehow does not required that they marry the gays, then why is he calling for an amendment to it? Clearly if an amendment is necessary, then the Constitution does require gay marriage be legal, which means the Supreme Court of Iowa interpreted it correctly.

    Where'd he get his law degree from? Oh wait, he doesn't have one. Might explain why he shouldn't be talking out of his ass about the appropriate role of the judiciary and what the constitution there says.

    Posted by: Alex | Apr 3, 2009 7:15:57 PM

  9. Well I am not sure anyone is lined up and ready to go to Iowa; gay or straight! However, this is a win and I am happy.

    Again, Iowa a gay mecca? Really?!

    Posted by: RB | Apr 3, 2009 7:33:20 PM

  10. isn't this fairly dangerous territory? are we gays and our straight allies mobilized well enough? did california not teach us any lessons?! is king "panicked" or does he know EXACTLY what he is doing? iowa is one of the remaining few states that does not have an amendment to its consitution banning marriage...yet. but if this goes to a referendum to the people of iowa, what happens? anyone? i worry the GOP DOES GET THE BIG PICTURE: let the gays get slaughtered state by state quickly, and then it gets to a federal court faster. then we're really screwed.

    Posted by: shane | Apr 3, 2009 7:36:54 PM

  11. These politicians and right-wing nuts need to be OUTTED as "Theocrats". They don't believe in a democracy, they believe in a Theocracy. They are neither liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican (except in name only) they are "Theocrats". They have rewritten the conservative movement.

    I think if this site, and others start referring to people, such as Rep. King, Rep Kern and others as "Theocrats", it may catch on and get people thinking, "Is this truly what we want, our country run as a Theocracy." This country was founded as a Democracy, with the separation of church and state, many politicians are starting to step over the line, attempting to take away that separation.

    We know that in all their arguments they use the "Bible", cherry picking it, as a reference for their hate. It is time that they are OUTTED as what they truly are...."Theocrats"!

    Posted by: CB | Apr 3, 2009 7:51:17 PM

  12. Sort of caught a bit of gay news on logo earlier. They mentioend something about a study that showed that gay marriage if legal in california would generate a Billion dollar annual buisness for the state.

    With the economy the way it is one would expect iowa to be begging gay america to flood their states and get married as long we bring our gay cash with us.

    Posted by: jimmyboy | Apr 3, 2009 8:10:18 PM

  13. Perhaps Iowa Rep. Steve King (R-Kiron)should go back to elementary school and relearn his civics lesson. The judiciary is an equal partner and the legislature does not have the right to pass laws that are illegal. When a complaint is brought about because of an illegal or bad law it's up to the judiciary to ameliorate it. Geez, what a foot stamping little 5 year old he is. This panicky response is the true face of the term Homo-phobia.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Apr 3, 2009 8:15:29 PM

  14. "Watch another bigot, Chuck Hurley of the Iowa Family Policy Center, who you may remember organized a huge demonstration of hundreds of anti-gay bigots in January 2008 to pressure the Supreme Court on same-sex marriage, react to the court's ruling today."

    Narcissists I've known also have odd religious ideas, in particular believing that they are God's special favorites somehow; God loves them, so they are exempted from ordinary rules and obligations: God loves them and wants them to be the way they are, so they can do anything they feel like -- though, note, the narcissist's God has much harsher rules for everyone else, including you. [Many readers have questions about narcissism and religion. Here is an interesting article on the Web: "Narcissism Goes to Church: Encountering Evangelical Worship" by Monte Wilson. "Modern American Christianity is filled with the spirit of narcissism. We are in love with ourselves and evaluate churches, ministers and truth-claims based upon how they make us feel about ourselves. If the church makes me feel wanted, it is a good church. If the minister makes me feel good about myself, he is a terrific guy. If the proffered truth supports my self-esteem, it is, thereby, verified."]

    Posted by: JD | Apr 3, 2009 8:17:19 PM

  15. The nature of narcissists' personality disorder is so profound and so primitive that narcissists damage virtually everyone who comes into contact with them. They hurt their children in ways that are hardly imaginable to anyone who hasn't been there. Narcissists elicit profound and primitive wrath rage hostility from sane and stable people. This damages the social fabric by embittering the very people who might possibly be able to counterbalance the narcissists' malign influences.

    Posted by: JD | Apr 3, 2009 8:22:48 PM

  16. The worst torture one could devise for narcisstic freaks would be to lock them in a room all alone for about three days. After about an hour, they would probably have their socks on their hands like puppets, just to have someone to lie to. Anything similar to this.

    Posted by: JD | Apr 3, 2009 8:37:33 PM

  17. Steve King has his beady eyes on the governor's job. He'll say and do anything.

    Posted by: Michael | Apr 3, 2009 9:17:26 PM

  18. I am not an Iowa fan because I don't like they power they have in picking presidential nominees. Plus, if you want to win their state you have to kow-tow to farm interests. This is why our country is so fat. Subsidies for corn (and corn syrup) but nothing for fresh vegetables.

    But people are already speculating on what effect this will have on the next presidential election.

    Posted by: Charlie | Apr 3, 2009 9:25:21 PM

  19. If the anti-gay forces really want to get rid of gay marriage in Iowa, they should pay Geoff Kors and Lori Jean to come into Iowa to be the defenders of gay marriage. Given enough time and money, these clowns would find a way to lose marriage rights there as well.

    Posted by: Danny | Apr 3, 2009 9:35:04 PM

  20. I suspect this is a hopeless effort, but I'll try anyway. Could you tone down the promiscuous use of adjectives and adjectival nouns, like "bigoted" and "bigot?" There really are very, very many genuine bigots out there, and perhaps King is one of them. You, though, are so effulgent in your use of those and similar terms -- used, it seems, with indisciminate disregard to apply to everyone and every position that deviates at all from your version of civil liberty -- that they have not only become meaningless when used on this site, they've become unhealthy weights on your otherwise very good reporting. This is a great site; I appreciate your efforts quite a bit. I just tire of the in-advance and without-distinction designations of everyone who holds a philosophical and moral position that differs to the right from yours.

    Again, great job. Just a little less of the blatant, indiscriminate, un-nuanced characterizations, please. It is simply not true that everyone who disagrees with you is a contemptible vessel of hate and fear.

    Posted by: Fewer Adjectives, Please | Apr 3, 2009 10:14:46 PM

  21. It’s interesting to me that the opponents of marriage equality keep talking about what this ruling, or the Vermont legislation would “create.” The Iowa Supreme Court ruling hasn’t really created anything. What it did was recognize that these relationships and families already exist – some for decades – and should treated the same as all other families in the state.

    There will be no more gay people in Iowa in 21 days than there are today. With a lot of luck and a little miracle, there will be more of a sense of community among all the diverse people of Iowa.

    “All the ills of democracy can be cured by more democracy.” – Al Smith

    Posted by: Gene | Apr 3, 2009 10:17:08 PM

  22. I love the statement made by Hurley "...that 1,000's of Ex-Gays do not exist according to the opinion of the court", just as WE gay people do not exist to Hurley!

    Posted by: alex in boston | Apr 3, 2009 10:32:13 PM

  23. The comments of the anti-marriage parade remind me of the children's story about the sky falling.

    I think that having such a common sense state like Iowa shrug and state that defining marriage to exclude gays is illegal will have a defining ripple effect. Having a fly-over state agree that gay marriage should legal will echo through the heartland (instead of from what they consider the crazy coastal states) and will make more sense to more people.

    Posted by: Bart | Apr 3, 2009 11:09:27 PM

  24. In what sense does the court's decision help them "achieve their *personal* political ends"? Are all seven of them gay people looking to get married?

    Posted by: Matt | Apr 3, 2009 11:26:44 PM

  25. I've been reading your posts off and on and wanted to thank you for the hard work you contribute to the community. It's great to see someone with wit!

    Posted by: Ricky | Apr 3, 2009 11:54:52 PM

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