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Watch: Rick Santorum Defends Signing Anti-Gay Marriage Pledge


Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum explained why he signed an Iowa conservative group's anti-gay "marriage pledge" on CNN's State of the Union this morning.

Though Santorum admits he was "taken aback" by some of the document's demands, particularly one requiring candidates themselves to pledge fidelity, the former Pennsylvania Senator also insists he had no qualms signing the controversial oath:

When I first read it I was taken aback, but I can't argue that I wasn't, but I understand why they are saying that. Because it does undermined peoples' respect for the institution, respect for the people governing this country. If you can't be faithful to the people that you are closest to, then how can we count on you to be faithful to those that you represent.

Watch Santorum and host Candy Crowley discuss his decision, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Family Leader Removes Slave Reference From Marriage Vow

VanderPlaats So, that vile "marriage pledge" Iowa conservative Bob Vander Plaats and his group, The Family Leader wanted GOP presidential candidates to sign?

In addition to all the homophobic language, it also included a section that suggested black families were better off during slave days.

Here it is:

Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA's first African-American President.

As Jason Linkins at the Huffington Post reports, however, the Family Leader has now removed that segment.

I suppose that's what conservatives mean when they say they have "common sense."

Iowa GOP Moves to Impeach Justices for Marriage Equality Decision

The Iowa GOP has "filed four articles of impeachment, one for each remaining member of the Iowa Supreme Court that participated in an April 2009 decision that struck down a legislative ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the state’s equal protection clause," the Iowa Independent reports.

Iowajudges The four House resolutions target Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady (HR 48) and Justices Brent Appel (HR 47), Daryl Hecht (HR 49) and David Wiggins (HR 50) for “malfeasance in office” specifically for their ruling in the Varnum v. Brien case, saying that each justice “exercis[ed] functions properly belonging to the legislative and executive departments.”

The four GOP lawmakers offering the resolutions were Reps. Tom Shaw of Laurens, Dwayne Alons of Hull, Betty De Boef of What Cheer, Glen Massie of Des Moines and Kim Pearson of Pleasant Hill.

Right Wing Watch notes:

Bob Vander Plaats, the anti-gay activist who led the drive to remove the Justices and heads The Family Leader, has previously called for the resignation of the entire Supreme Court and advocated for their removal over the marriage equality ruling in Varnum v. Brien. He is also building ties with likely presidential candidates as Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Herman Cain have either addressed or plan to speak during The Family Leader’s “presidential lecture series.”

Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad, who has expressed his desire to have the judges removed by vote when they are up for retention, said in January that he didn't not believe impreachment was an appropriate measure to be taken.

Stephen Colbert: 'If Your Gay Sex is Causing Smoke, You May Want to Slow Things Down'


Stephen Colbert last night mocked Michele Bachmann's recent statements to Iowa anti-gay group The Family Leader that "In 5,000 years of recorded human history... neither in the east or in the west... has any society ever defined marriage as anything other than between men and women."

Colbert also mocked Family Leader leader Bob Vander Plaats' comparison of homosexuality to smoking.

Said Colbert: "If your gay sex is causing smoke, you may want to slow things down."


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Watch: Bob Vander Plaats Compares Homosexuality To Smoking

In an interview with Scott Keyes of Think Progress, Chuck Norris-endorsed wingnut Republican Bob Vander Plaats says that he believes homosexuality "is a public health risk." The head of the anti-gay organization Iowa Family Leader, which is spearheading the anti-marriage equality movement in that state, backs up his statement with some of the most preposterous spin I've heard in a long time:

"When you take a look at it, this isn’t the Family Leader, but say the New York Health Department. They’ve put out an ad basically highlighting all the dangers of the homosexual lifestyle, that you’re this many times more to get this particular disease or this many times more to get this other type of disease. Now, they conclude with 'practice safe sex.' But they’re almost taking our talking points. Because anybody, the Journal of Medicine will back us up on this, that this is a risky lifestyle, health risk lifestyle. If we’re teaching the kids, 'don’t smoke, because that’s a risky health style,' the same can be true of the homosexual lifestyle. That’s why I think we need to speak the truth once in a while."

Someone needs to tell Vander Plaats that a true "risky health style" is hate and ignorance. Watch the short clip, AFTER THE JUMP.

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Watch: Rabid Anti-Gay Wingnut Bob Vander Plaats Attacks Equality on Steps of Iowa Capitol


Rabid anti-gay wingnut Bob Vander Plaats rounded up a few hundred of his wingnut flock for a rally at the Iowa Capitol today. Check out the following pathetic videos.

Said Vander Plaats to the enthusiastic crowd:

"So let me suggest that the clue phone is ringing in the state of Iowa, and collectively we need to answer the phone and get a clue. You see if this opinion has never been codified into law, and if this opinion has never been exectued by Culver or by Branstad, the question is this: what are we doing marrying couples of the same gender in the state of Iowa when it does not reflect the law of the land?"

I think I hear the bigot phone ringing!


The Des Moines Register reports on the rally, and the counter-lobbying:

"Inside the Capitol rotunda, about 60 supporters of gay marriage quietly lobbied members of the Iowa Legislature. The urged lawmakers to stand firm in support of the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision legalizing marriage equality for all people, emphasizing their view that discrimination shouldn’t be written into the Iowa Constitution."

Gordon Radio Iowa reports that speaker Cary Gordon, pastor of Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, gave a 15-minute speech that went after the Iowa legislature's leading advocate of marriage equality - Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, who has vowed to block any anti-gay legislation from coming to a vote.

Said Gordon:

“As an agent of the church, I have come to remind Mr. Gronstal that he hath need of repentance. And his greatest concern should not be whether or not his future holds the pleasure of standing beneath this golden roof, but whether or not his future holds the privilege of standing upon heaven’s golden streets.”

Watch clips of Gordon and Vander Plaats, AFTER THE JUMP...


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