Iowa Conservatives’ Anti-Gay Pledge: “Homosexuality Is A Choice”

SomePeople So, we've already heard that Iowa-based homophobe Bob Vander Plaats and his merry group of anti-gay social conservatives, The Family Leader, are asking Republican presidential candidates to pledge allegiance to a document called The Marriage Vow: A Declaration of Dependence Upon Marriage and Family.

And, yes, we all knew they would include a vow against marriage equality, but the document is far more disturbing than imagined.

In addition to asking candidates to agree that our Founding Fathers, Natural law, Christianity and Judaism – but not Islam — are rooted in "faithful monogamy," the questionable claim that marriage leads to longer, healthier lives, and the idea "robust childbearing" bolsters national security, the document also demands candidates agree that homosexuality is a choice, rather than a biological trait.

Social protections…have been evaporating as we have collectively ‘debased the currency’ of marriage…in complete absence of empirical proof, that non-heterosexual inclination are genetically determined, irresistible and akin to innate traits like race, gender and eye color; as well as anti-scientific bias which holds, against all empirical evidence, that homosexual behavior in particular, and sexual promiscuity in general, optimizes individual or public health.

While surely Republican candidates want to woo social conservatives, I would be surprised if they all signed up to support such a spurious contention. That doesn't mean, however, that they won't…

Here's a PDF of the document. It's pretty vile.


  1. Wren says

    All our side needs to do is cite the current APA research on the matter (you know, trained professionals), each and every time one of these uneducated asshats spews this sort of nonsense. I’ve pasted it here.

    “Lesbian, gay, and bisexual orientations are not disorders. Research has found no inherent association between any of these sexual orientations and psychopathology. Both heterosexual behavior and homosexual behavior are normal aspects of human sexuality. . . .

    “There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay, or lesbian orientation. . . .

    “Many think that nature and nurture both play complex roles; most people experience little or no sense of choice about their sexual orientation.”

    American Psychological Association:

  2. Gary says

    Interesting that we hear the right proclaim that homosexuality is a choice and, therefore, should not be protected. Last time I checked, religion was a choice and we DO protect it. Another contradiction, isn’t it?

  3. ralph says

    That was the most bizarre document I think I have ever read. It is clear that no arguments or logic on our side will make any difference to these people. They have collectively gone completely insane.

  4. MichaelD1026 says

    Vander Plaats’ pledge sounds like something Adolf Hitler would have had his Storm Troopers sign in blood. Well, not far off, I guess.

  5. JOE 2 says

    Yes, there is a complete lack of empirical evidence that non-heterosexual orientations are innate. Also, the earth, which is at the exact center of the universe, is flat.

  6. borut says

    If we could choose the color of our skin, then those who chose to be black should still have the same rights as the white. So let’s say being non-heterosexual is a choice. Why exactly should this choice make someone a second-class citizen?

  7. SFshawn says

    This document will actually be quite helpful in determining who the real haters are since ANYONE stupid enough,ignorant enough,religious enough,intolerant enough to still believe that gays aren’t born gay lives(or wants to live?) in the 1950’s.
    Humans can be quite pathetic at times in their denial of reality AND of their concept of EQUALITY.

  8. DJ says

    I’m so tired of this failed argument. Who would choose a life where legions of homophobs discriminate against you? Did heterosexuals choose to be straight?

    The only choise here is many of these people obsessed with anything gay have chosen to remain in the closet and fight against any form of gay rights because they lack the courage to come out and be honest with themselves. I think they are jealous because they see other people living the life they wish they could live.

  9. mike says

    Why doesn’t anyone – Towleroad, TV talking heads – ever point out that polygamy is all over the Bible as an acceptable form of marriage?!?!

    it only takes a minute on Google to find out the specific scriptures.

  10. So Left I'm Right says

    @borut – your point is spot on.

    Anyone who signs this “pledge” should be branded by anyone with a remotely sane bone in his/her body to be completely disqualified to be city clerk, much less president of the United States.

    The only anti-scientific bias I see is always and everywhere held by dogmatic religious extremists like these. I mean this statement simply ignores all science.

  11. Mike says

    It’s not a choice! I never once asked or decided to be gay. I never saw a gay person on TV and said, nope I want to be gay and not straight. I’m just a man who has always been attracted to men and has dealt with it, despite the fact that some people have given me a hard time for it. Ugh these people must just be really stupid.

  12. the milkman says

    What if it really were a choice? It isn’t, but what if it were? I’d still deserve equal civil rights and equal treatment under the civil law.

  13. says

    @Mike While you are %100 correct about polygamy being a biblical definition of marriage, I don’t really see how throwing another sexual/relationship minority (those of us in multi-partner relationships) advances LGBT rights in a positive way.

  14. Rowan says

    Winter BS. You are NOT born polygamous. You are born GAY. Just cause you have a lot of love or need for sex with many people at the same time, does not make you a frigging minority!!

    Are you saying as a child you tried to commit suicide because you knew you could only marry or be with multiple partners at the same time? Really.

    It says it all about how you see being gay. A choice. You made a choice about how to lead your life that does not get you beaten up or killed or shot in the head as a kid in a classroom.

    Being gay is NOT a choice.

  15. CRISPY says

    “I would be surprised if they all signed up to support such a spurious contention.”

    HELLO! They’re Republicans. Of COURSE they’ll sign it… with glee.

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