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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

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By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

King: Homosexuals shouldn’t advertise their sexuality

By Jason Hancock | 05.11.10 | 12:00 pm

Steve King

If homosexuals want to avoid discrimination they should be more discreet about being homosexual, U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Kiron, said Tuesday on the radio program of Family Research Council President Tony Perkins.

King and Perkins were discussing the federal Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), a bill that prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Perkins expressed fear that “someone could come in dressed one day as a woman or a man, the next day they come in dressed as the opposite sex” and an employer would be “helpless to do anything about it.”

King agreed, saying the legislation opens the door to Christian businesses getting entrapped by the “homosexual activist lobby.”

“I can imagine someone coming in and interviewing one day in man’s clothes and come back the next day and apply for a job in woman’s clothes, and then setting up a lawsuit in a sting operation to harass our religious organizations,” he said.

King then told a story about his days in the Iowa Senate, when gay activists came to lobby a fellow Republican lawmaker, state Sen. Jerry Behn of Boone, for protected status for sexual orientation and gender identity.

He said, “Let me ask you a question. Am I heterosexual or homosexual?” And they looked him up and down — and actually they should have known — but they said “We don’t know.” And he said “Exactly my point. If you don’t project it, if you don’t advertise it, how would anyone know to discriminate against you?” And that’s at the basis of this.

If people wear their sexuality on their sleeve, then they want to bring litigation against someone that they would point their finger at and say “you discriminate,” it is an entrapment that is legalized by the ENDA Act, it appears to, and its a violation of the individual rights of employers to, at their own discretion, decide who they want to hire and who they want to fire. We don’t need more federal mandates. And we surely don’t need a political statement, and that’s what this is, too. This is the homosexual activist lobby taking it out on the rest of society. They are demanding affirmation for their lifestyle. That’s at the bottom of this.

The LGBT blog “Good As You” took exception to King’s portrayal of ENDA.

So the goal is for state senator Behn, like all Americans, to be judged not on the basis of his sexual orientation, but rather on his qualifications. What the far-right refuses to admit is that ENDA protects everyone, not just LGBT people! Everyone has a sexual orientation. Everyone has a gender identity. Every employer, including LGBT ones, have the capacity to unfairly discriminate on the basis of gender/sexuality. So therefore, everyone benefits from a world where education and training and experience and viewpoints (which very well might include contrasting ideas about work related to causes, even LGBT/anti-LGBT ones) and merit are the qualities of job consideration.

In the state of Iowa, gay citizens’ rights are protected under the Iowa Civil Rights Act, which “prohibits discrimination in the areas of employment, housing, credit, public accommodations and education.”

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  • sherrypeyton

    Steve King continues to serve as an embarrassment to all Iowans except for the 12 who elect him to office. Unfortunately he is picked up, (for the sleeze factor) and his bigotry is broadcast nationwide. He should probably hook up with Mr. Bartz and the two of them can form a band called “The Homophobes.”

  • buckiowa

    Congressman King would deny employment to both Milton Berle and Dame Edna? And not to mention Ru Paul. He can't do that. Milton Berle is a national treasure…..

  • ConstitutionFan

    King has a point. After all, hiding his own homosexuality has enabled King to become a Republican congressman.

    Kidding, of course. There's no reason to think King is gay. (Except perhaps precisely BECAUSE he's a Republican politician who makes openly homophobic statements. In recent years, that profile has frequently coincided with eventually getting caught in public restrooms with other men.)

    The substantive response to King's foolishness is to point out that in the era of Jim Crow laws his reasoning above would have led him to say that there's nothing wrong with racism because some blacks could pass for white if they tried hard enough— so, if they don't try to pass and are discriminated against by racists, it's just their own fault.

  • jayelaheram


    • Jason Hancock

      Good catch. Thanks.

  • leriverend

    OMg. These two are completely sick perverts. Who knows how much time they spend on and ManHunt, but they are completely twisted. Their statements say so much more about their mental illness than they say about homosexuals.

  • Lodewijk

    King's a closet case. Miss Thing is always going on about gays, and immigrants. He probably has a gay fantasies of getting blown out by some hot cholos. Keep an eye on him.

    Perkins needs to stop banging in there with the hangers too.

  • otrdriver1

    Ah, anyone think of George Rekers? I'll bet they all hook up together, as discusting as those implications are… Brings to mind a basement party of the three of them… oh gawd.. I'm so sorry for that visual…

  • ThomasMc

    Hey, if Christians don't want to be discriminated against, they should just keep their religion to themselves!

  • Michi Eyre

    Here's yet another Republican who confuses sexual orientation with gender identity. On sexual orientation, if those who are gay should not “advertise” their homosexuality, then those who are straight should not advertise their heterosexuality. For example, if a straight main talks about going somewhere with his wife, it's not OK for a gay man to talk about going somewhere with his partner?

    Where it comes to gender identity, the hardest thing that a lot of transgender men and women face is the transition on the job. In my case, I transitioned between job assignments and it went smoothly. But the transition is a slow process. Many just don't decide to wake up and be a woman today. Those who are properly doing the transition go through physiological counseling and are diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder (GID), then they receive clearance to start hormones and then once they live full time in their new identity for over a year, they have the OPTION to continue on with the surgery to modify their genitals. I feel that ENDA should protect those who are following the Standards of Care of the World Psychological Association on Transgender Health. Even though my opinion is more conservative than others who are in the GLBT community, I feel that those who have played by the rules and have not experimented through self-medication should be afforded the protections to complete their life path.

  • davidinIowa

    Gee whiz, I wonder if I should dress like a man or a woman tomorrow. I love my practice of doing that, and am so thrilled that its a part of homosexual living.

    Good God, what have we come to with absurd imaginings like Mr. King's.
    Ineeded, let us pray, and vote him out of office.

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