Iowa Family Policy Center Forms New Evil Anti-Gay Umbrella Group, Denies Ties to Mormon Church

Iowa Family Policy Council President Chuck Hurley says he'll reveal more about a new group he's formed, to spread even more bigotry and injustice in Iowa, the Iowa Independent reports:

Hurley IFPC’s The Family Leader will be an umbrella group led by former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, fresh from his successful campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices for their 2009 gay marriage ruling. The new group will incorporate the Iowa Family Policy Center, the IFPC PAC and the formerly federally funded program Marriage Matters. More specifics about the group are expected to be announced this weekend at IFPC’s annual fundraiser featuring possible 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee.

Vander Plaats told the Des Moines Register that the main focus of the group will be vetting and endorsing 2012 presidential candidates.

According to 990 tax forms, the national Family Leader Network was founded in 2006 and is based in Fairfax, Va. However, there is no such entity listed with the Virginia Secretary of the Commonwealth. The 990 was filed by a board member of The Family Leader Network based in Utah, but the Utah Secretary of State has no record of the organization either.

In related news regarding the three justices that were ousted in Iowa, the replacements will be named by incoming anti-gay governor Terry Branstad (of course) and not Chet Culver:

"A member of the commission that will offer potential replacements for ousted Iowa Supreme Court justices said the process can begin in December, but the panel isn't scheduled to make recommendations until January, likely leaving the choice to Gov.-elect Terry Branstad….Des Moines lawyer Guy Cook, a member of the Judicial Nominating Commission, said the panel can't meet until the Nov. 2 election results are certified in late November. The panel will meet in early December, and it has 60 days to make decisions for three vacancies on the seven-member court.The Republican Branstad will be sworn in Jan. 14, replacing Democratic Gov. Chet Culver. Cook said it's almost certain the justice choice will be left to Branstad. 'Do the math,' said Cook. The 15-member commission will forward three nominees to the governor for each vacancy. He will choose one of those three for each open position, and the selection will be final."


  1. Brian says

    2 of the Supreme Court justices that are being removed were Terry Branstad appointments when he was governor before.

  2. candide says

    And the three ousted judges did nothing to defend themselves? It’s so good we liberals are so high-minded as not to do anything to politicize the judiciary! Is it any wonder we’re rolled so often?

  3. Fenrox says

    Nice! Another super evil hate group we can ignore while we focus on Obama!

    Wow, it’s crazy, as we all focus over here, on Obama, things keep happening in other spots, things from people who somehow benefit from all these democratic/liberal/gay voters roasting the Prez just a virulently as his most bitter enemies.

    Down with Obama for some reason!

  4. TANK says

    I’d like remind people that fenrox was the one who agreed with knights out and the palm center about stripping DADT from the defense authorization bill. It’s a caricature of contrarianism; an idiotic, know nothing fool.

  5. says

    “And the three ousted judges did nothing to defend themselves? It’s so good we liberals are so high-minded as not to do anything to politicize the judiciary!”

    I’m not sure the judges could be considered “liberals” (as Brian said, the conservative incoming governor appointed some of them in the first place), so it’s not a case of liberals being “rolled.” Judges are not politicians, and they generally aren’t inclined on principle to run for their jobs like politicians since the judiciary is supposed to be above politics. The zealots were successful in depriving these judges of their jobs, but there’s no telling how new judges will rule (the decision was unanimous in our favor, after all) or if they’d ever have an opportunity to rule since the case has been decided. There is no easy way for equality to be undone in IA despite all the ignorant conservative threats and the toxic atmosphere created by them.

  6. niles says

    A very dark cloud is descending on the state of Iowa. I wish the people there good luck in fighting this scourge, but it is very difficult to stop the hatred when its proponents have tasted blood.