Four Democrats Align with Anti-Gay GOP Forces in Iowa


Despite the fact that both the Senate and the House in Iowa failed in attempts to bring a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage up for a vote last week, four Democratic state senators have since signed on with anti-gay forces, the Iowa Independent reports:

Iowa  "Four Democratic state senators — Dennis Black of Grinnell, Keith Kreiman of Bloomfield, Rich Olive of Story City and Joe Seng of Davenport — broke with their party and signed on to a Republican petition to force a vote on same-sex marriage."

The measure is technically dead (until 2014, the AP reported),though the paper warns:

"…it could still remain an issue if Republicans go down a similar path as they did in the closing weeks of the 2009 legislative session. House Republicans made numerous attempts to tack a constitutional amendment on to other bills last year."

EnglishStill, this is the kind of religious extremism these Democrats have aligned themselves with:

Bryan English, a spokesman for the conservative group Iowa Family Policy Center, said Democratic leadership who are blocking a vote on a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage will suffer the consequences, both electorally this fall and in the afterlife.

'Anyone who has read the Bible knows that while individual battles will continue, the ultimate outcome of the spiritual war was settled long ago by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,' he said in a statement. 'When the current political debate over marriage is viewed through the lens of eternity, politicians like Mike Gronstal and [Senate President] Jack Kibbie need to understand that they’ve already lost.'"


  1. FizziekruntNT says

    These assholes are quickly forming my argument for atheism.

    Jesus hates me, this I know, for their bible tells me so,
    Little ones to him belong,
    they are weak while he is strong.

    Hate Jesus, hate me,
    hate Jesus, hate me,
    Hate Jesus, hate me,
    The Bible said it’s so.

    Happy fucking Monday.

  2. ichabod says

    The DNC should cut these bastard’s campaign funding. I’m no fan of the GOP, but at least they largely stay unified on their talking points (no matter how misguided they may be).

    If you are a Dem, you damn sure better be for LGBT rights or you’re off the payroll.

  3. Bryan says

    The funny thing is that they are fomenting all of this fear using the baseless tactic that white, christian fundamentalists are being oppressed (by us). Just like Henry Ford said “Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black,” we are free to pursue happiness in any manner we like as long as it is through christian fundamentalism.

  4. Tony says

    Why is it so hard to keep Church & State separate in this issue!?!? I do not believe in your religion so why should you use your religion to dictate my laws? Where the hell are the representative that protect my belief to not believe in religion?

  5. Dback says

    Yep, nothing like white men of a certain age deciding what rights other people should and shouldn’t have. Mmm-hmm, “liberty and justice for all.” Right.

  6. Bill Perdue says

    Derek Washington says “We Dems should cut them off from funding.”

    Why stop there Derek?

    Obama sabotaged the preservation of same sex marriage in California in 2008 when he
    said “gawd’s in the mix.” He’s a right centrist religious bigot.

    So are Kaine and Leah Daughtry, titular and real head of the DNC. Daughtry is an ordained pentecostal minister in the same cult as Jimmy Swaggart who opposes SSM and reproductive choice.

    And so is Joshua Dubois, who got Obama in bed with nortorious bigots McClurkin. Dubois is also an ordained pentecostal bigot who runs the White House office for faith based bribes of anti-SSM pulpit pimps.

    And the list goes on and on. Why did you omit those other Democrat bigots and just concentrate on a few dopes in Iowa?

    “We absolutely need to start taking a page from the RepubliBan playbook.”

    Sorry Derek, that happened decades ago. Maybe you were sleeping.

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