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Watch: Iowa Gubernatorial Candidates Terry Branstad and Chet Culver Field Questions About Marriage Equality


As a follow-up to my earlier post on the situation in Iowa, here's a clip from last night's Iowa gubernatorial debate between current Governor Chet Culver and former Governor Terry Branstad, in which the candidates field two separate questions about marriage equality.

Branstad's a big FAIL, Culver a big win.

Jeremy Hooper at Good as You, on Governor Chet Culver's answer: "Yes! Finally. An apt articulation of law, the role of the independent judiciary in determining the constitutionality of said law, and the reason why the conversation between a unanimous high court decision vs. a public vote on minority rights is not an equally merited tête-à-tête."


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  1. Great answer. Too bad he doesn't have any chance of winning.

    Posted by: Tyler | Oct 22, 2010 3:47:06 PM

  2. Unfortunately, all signs point to a big Branstad win. The bigot leads by double digits.

    Posted by: Ross | Oct 22, 2010 4:23:00 PM

  3. I don't care if you're Catholic. I'm not, I'm Muslim. I don't believe Catholics should have a right to marry.

    Posted by: ila lwara | Oct 22, 2010 5:02:38 PM

  4. Egad, is Culver's alter-ego Mr. Incredible? (Nice answer to the question, BTW.0

    Posted by: Dback | Oct 22, 2010 7:54:37 PM

  5. Just because the n% of people vote for a measure does not make it constitutional.

    Posted by: Rich | Oct 23, 2010 2:10:12 AM

  6. My God. There's a reason we used to call him Terry BrainDead back when he was governor before. He was one of those "accidental" governors: he happened to be Bob Ray's last lt. gov, so he became governor kind of by default. And then for some reason he just stayed and stayed and stayed. My God -- I thought he was dead by now. (In other news: What does the Catholic Bible teach about hair plugs and using Just For Men?)

    Posted by: DougChgo | Oct 23, 2010 10:30:45 AM

  7. When we no longer see obviously gay men shitting on their fellow gay citizens' rights, then we can claim to be a civilized country.

    Posted by: Skye Winspur | Oct 23, 2010 11:02:05 AM

  8. Wonder if Brandstad ever head the phrase "government of laws, not of men." Wonder how Branstad would stand on a vote to deny civil rights to Muslims. Or if he'd like to have a popular vote on Brown v. Bd. of Education? Or overturn the Dred Scott decision? Maybe we ought to throw Marbury v. Madison in the trash, and decide every issue by popular vote.

    If Branstad decides law based on his Catholicism, then he ought to outlaw divorce in Iowa, and take condoms out of drug stores.

    Posted by: wimsy | Oct 23, 2010 2:29:42 PM

  9. Very......... informative and interesting Blog... Thanks... for sharing.:-)

    Posted by: Shina Willson | Oct 25, 2010 7:52:14 AM

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