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NOM's Brian Brown, Bob Vander Plaats Lead Crowd of Chanting Bigots at Anti-Gay Iowa Rally: VIDEO


NOM's Brian Brown was on hand with The Family Leader's Bob Vander Plaats yesterday at the Iowa Capitol to demand lawmakers put a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to a vote.

Check out videos of Brown and Vander Plaats' speeches, plus a news report, and a clip of red-shirted 'Family Leader' bigots chanting for the right to vote to take away the rights of gay people, AFTER THE JUMP...

The AP reports:

Bigots_iowaVander Plaats, a former gubernatorial candidate who led the campaign to oust three state Supreme Court judges after their decision to allow gay marriage in 2010, joined other gay marriage opponents at the Statehouse for a Tuesday news conference. They unveiled petitions, signed by about 20,000 people, demanding that lawmakers debate the resolution that would put the constitutional amendment to a vote.

IAThe Republican-controlled House has approved the resolution, but it hasn't been brought up in the Democrat-controlled Senate. Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, said he will block debate on the measure during the final month of the session, which is scheduled to end in the middle of April.

Check out videos of Brown and Vander Plaats' speeches, plus a news report, and a clip of red-shirted 'Family Leader' bigots chanting for the right to vote to take away the rights of gay people.


Blogger AKSARBENT has a good report on the counter-protest and response from LGBT rights group One Iowa.

As does Ames Patch:

Democratic senators shot back at Vander Plaats, who unsuccessfully ran for governor three times and is now the front man in the effort to ban gay marriage.

“The truth needs to be told: Bob Vander Plaats needs to get a real job instead of working on spreading a message of hate and discrimination,” said state Sen. Matt McCoy, D-Des Moines, who is openly gay. “It’s time for Bob Vander Plaats to hang it up. He’s been running for governor for what seems like the last 20 years.”

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  1. That's funny, I thought they always wore Brown Shirts.

    Posted by: J. Leo | Mar 21, 2012 8:33:40 AM

  2. Yes, one shade darker and they could almost be brown shirts.

    As for Vander Plops and his ilk, note their phony comparison of gay marriage to polygamy. Someone should point out to him the obvious: gay marriage is about monogamy, not polygamy.

    Note also the number of women in the anti-gay crowd. Poor dears - must be scared of the notion that their husbands might stray to other men.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 21, 2012 8:44:39 AM

  3. Hope the younger generation don't miss my allusion. Do they still teach about the Holocaust in schools these days?

    Posted by: J. Leo | Mar 21, 2012 8:55:17 AM

  4. It IS encouraging that with all the hoopla in Iowa around the primaries that every Republican candidate ran from Vander Plaats and his "petition" except Bachmann and Santorum, and Bachmann later cried she "hadn't read it" before signing it. As I recall there was something about blacks being happier and having more stable families when they were slaves.

    Posted by: MarkUs | Mar 21, 2012 9:27:01 AM

  5. Hmmm funny that the ONLY TIME polygamy was LEGAL was/is while only STRAIGHTS can marry. You think someone should tell these MORONS that heterosexuality OBVIOUSLY leads to POLYGAMY and ought to be banned? Lets have a vote, shall we...?

    How the HELL are you gonna hate someone else, if you can't even hate yourself first?

    Posted by: Mic | Mar 21, 2012 11:25:15 AM

  6. the sad part are all the young closeted LGBT kids who are there, joining in to prove to their parents that they're not gay.

    it's the thing anti-gay bigots always forget - being anti-gay won't protect you from being related to gay people.

    note that they're all conservatives. yeah.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 21, 2012 12:33:47 PM

  7. Bob Vander Plaats and Brian Brown ought to climb into bed together and discover hot man to man sex. They are perfectly ugly men and ought to enjoy each other some more. They truly deserve each other.

    Posted by: mousemess | Mar 21, 2012 1:08:39 PM

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