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The Family Leader, NOM, and Catholics to Hold Hate Rally in the Iowa Capitol Today

Iowa's most virulent anti-gay activist, Bob Vander Plaats, is holding a hate rally in the Iowa Capitol today at 10 am, the Des Moines Register reports:

VanderplaatsThe Family Leader, a conservative Christian organization, will hold a rally in the Capitol Rotunda aimed at convincing the state Senate’s Democratic leaders to take up a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages...

...The Family Leader rally, sponsored in conjunction with the National Organization for Marriage and, will implore the Senate to “let us vote.” The organization, headed by former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, also expects to deliver a petition containing more than 20,000 signatures in favor of the amendment in the coming week.

“Even though the economy dominates the legislative discussion, it is apparent that Iowans want to be heard on this issue as well,” Vander Plaats said in a statement announcing the rally. “Teaming up with the Catholic community for this rally sends a strong message to Democratic Senators to ‘let us vote.’”

IALGBT rights group One Iowa will be holding a counter-protest outside the building. According to the paper, it "will feature speakers from Iowa Republicans for Freedom, a GOP group that supports same-sex marriage, the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa, the AFSCME Council 61 union, state Sen. Matt McCoy and a married couple from Solon."

Think Progress LGBT has posted a video of some of Vander Plaats' ugly video moments.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I'm glad Mike Gronstal won't bring it to a vote. I hope he gets another term as Speaker!

    Posted by: Terry | Mar 20, 2012 9:57:56 AM

  2. I wonder how well black people would be doing in Alabama if slavery had been put up for a vote.

    Civil rights should not be left in the hands of voters.

    Posted by: Filthy Pazuzu | Mar 20, 2012 10:12:35 AM

  3. Just make sure that Maintenance washes the Mens' Room floor after the rally.

    Posted by: Ted B. (Charging Rhino) | Mar 20, 2012 10:33:27 AM

  4. I've always thought someone should go to one of those rallies with a boom box or secretly set up some speakers, and when the hate really gets flowing, start playing "The Mob Song" from "Beauty and the Beast." ("We're not safe until he's dead/he'll come stalking us at night/set to sacrifice our children to his monstrous appetite/he'll wreak havoc on our village/if we let him wander free/so it's time to take some action boys/it's time to follow me...") I wonder how many of the crowd would even recognize themselves in the lyrics.

    Posted by: Dback | Mar 20, 2012 10:49:07 AM

  5. Lest anybody suspect that Andy chooses only unflattering photos of Bobbi VanderPlop--the man actually LOOKS that way. I think a PhotoShop genius would be challenged to make him look halfway good. The outer shell reflects the inner self.

    Posted by: gregory brown | Mar 20, 2012 12:19:16 PM

  6. honestly, it'll serve these people right when a certain "other religious group" that they continually talk about decides to mass together and impose THEIR "religious beliefs" on the people of the nation.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Mar 20, 2012 1:48:17 PM

  7. Support Mike Gronstal by contributing to his campaign.

    Posted by: Eyal | Mar 20, 2012 2:21:50 PM

  8. I was there with a few other friends to counter protest Vander Plaats. Was disheartened when OneIowa turned us away because they were only having a press conference, and apparently we didn't fit in. We were handy enough when they wanted us to set up their little rain tent, though.

    So we went inside and held our signs high. As the Bob told the crowd to treat people that disagreed with them with love, we were physically pushed back by the rally's security. And then threatened with arrest.

    I know that most think this issue is done and over with, but he succeeded in getting the justices ousted. If he can get it to the point of an amendment vote, will we have enough people who care enough to vote for equality?

    Posted by: Becki Raffay | Mar 20, 2012 2:24:43 PM

  9. Littlekiwi: I was looking for your post condemning Muslim and Sikh anti-gay bigotry. I couldn't find it. Why the silence?

    Posted by: jack | Mar 20, 2012 10:44:03 PM

  10. Littlekiwi: You do know that the "other religious group" is the most serious threat to human freedom and progress on the planet, at this time in history? The pope which you attack is largely a Roman tourist attraction, like that other queen Elizabeth is in England. But those Mullahs in Iran, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Islamists throughout North Africa and the Middle East are for real. Your life and mine and all the other "Queers" in the world are in danger wherever they gain control or influence.

    Posted by: jack | Mar 21, 2012 3:08:02 AM

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