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Iowa Governor: No Link Between Recent Fatal Anti-Gay Attack and Tenor of State's Debate Over Gay Marriage

Prompted by questioning from a reporter, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad commented on the recent murder of Waterloo, Iowa teen Marcellus Andrews, who was beaten to death by a group of people who preceded their attack with anti-gay slurs.

Andrews The Des Moines Register reports:

“I think it’s in appropriate to try to link these two,” Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said during his weekly press conference at the Capitol...

...Branstad answered: “The fact of the matter is, we need to protect the health, safety and well-being of all the citizens, regardless – if somebody is murdered, it needs to be investigated and prosecuted and people held responsible for it.

“But I see no link whatsoever and I think it’s inappropriate to try to blame people that are not associated with having committed a crime. I think we need to focus on the people who committed the crime and they need to be brought to justice.”

David Pakman, of Midweek Politics, aired a segment last week on Waterloo's connection to Michele Bachmann, and her reticence to address the issue of gay teen suicide.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Go ahead and deny it. A growing climate of hatred, discriminaton and intolerance has its effects, Mr. Governor. You and the rest of the rethuglican party have blood on your hands.

    Posted by: Farley | Aug 29, 2011 9:50:43 PM

  2. That article has been removed from their website. Googling finds it is the only article they've had with those quotes and it is no longer there.

    Anyone have luck finding the article?

    Posted by: audiored | Aug 29, 2011 10:18:37 PM

  3. but there's a war on christmas....politicians will find a link if its politically expedient for them to do so

    Posted by: stevenelliot | Aug 30, 2011 1:05:55 AM

  4. is the governor totally out to lunch on this
    issue the people iowa watched as 4 supreme court judges were all but tarred and
    over their stand on marriage s equality. people see the arguments put forth by the right wing nut jobs and feel these attacks are ok.

    Posted by: walter | Aug 30, 2011 1:46:04 AM

  5. The truly blind reach out to touch, feel & hear. Their instincts, intuitions & imagination can augment any deficit by enhancing other senses. But, even as the Good Book says, none are so blind as those that refuse to see!

    It is a curiosity – at least to me, that it is the “deadest hearts” that lay claim to the greatest righteousness; the “lamest brains” that feign moral leadership, and that those most rooted in certainty are the least likely to take any stand on the ground of reality.

    Posted by: Bad Humor Boy | Aug 30, 2011 6:41:43 AM

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