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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.

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Roy Moore speaks before a March 2011 rally against same-sex marriage outside the Iowa Capitol. (File Photo: Tyler Kingkade/The Iowa Independent)
Roy Moore speaks before a March 2011 rally against same-sex marriage outside the Iowa Capitol. (File Photo: Tyler Kingkade/The Iowa Independent)

Conservative activists claim gay marriage will lead to child abuse

By Tyler Kingkade | 03.16.11 | 1:49 pm

DES MOINES — The west steps of the state Capitol saw around 400 conservative activists Tuesday, mostly dressed in red, criticizing gay rights supporters and calling on the Iowa Senate to pass HJR 6, which would set the stage for Iowans to vote on a constitutional ban of same-sex marriages.

The “Let Us Vote” rally was organized and promoted by The Family Leader, a conservative organization led by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats. Speakers included Rev. Keith Ratliff, a Des Moines Baptist minister, and Pastor Cary Gordon, the Sioux City pastor who drew controversy for violating his church’s nonprofit tax status by promoting the ousting of the Iowa Supreme Court justices.

Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore spoke as well, who once wrote in a high court opinion that homosexuality is “detestable and an abominable sin.”

Moore lost his seat as Alabama chief justice in 2003 for commissioning, placing and then refusing to move a monument of the Ten Commandments at the judicial building. He also unsuccessfully ran twice for Alabama governor as a Republican.

Moore noted the irony of his support to oust high court justices, after he was ousted himself, but stood by his decision at the time to go against the order to remove the Christian monument. He, as well as other speakers, repeatedly called for a government defined by Christian principles, and lamented the idea of same gender marriages and families.

“No society is prepared to deal with the problems arising out of same-sex marriages; child abuse, adoption, divorce, foster care, alimony, and the list goes on and on,” Moore said as the crowd nodded in agreement and called out in support.

Throughout the speeches, “Amens” and cat-calls of agreement came from the crowd. Most of the speakers made mention of quotes from the founding fathers and attributed the nation’s problems with a lack of religion.

In order for citizens to have a chance to vote on the proposed constitutional amendment — which would not only outlaw same-sex marriages, but also civil unions and domestic partnerships — its language must be approved by both chambers of the Iowa legislature in two consecutive general assemblies.

Currently the legislation to pass the Iowa Marriage Amendment has been halted in the Iowa Senate, which is controlled by Democrats who have vowed to never bring it to a vote.

“Attempts by the right-wing to overreach and limit the rights of Iowans are unfortunate and disappointing in a state that has such a rich history of protecting civil rights,” said Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman Sue Dvorsky.

No lawmakers spoke at the event. During an earlier House debate over the resolution many Democrats spoke out against it, however, only a couple Republicans said anything to support it.

Rep. Rich Anderson, R-Clarinda, said at the time legalizing same-sex marriages would lead to polygamy and incest. The same “slippery slope” argument was made by nearly every speaker at the “Let Us Vote” rally.

Ratliff was also upset about gay rights supporters equating the struggle to marriage equality to civil rights movement of the 20th century. He called it an “insult” to the movement and said the gay community needs to “stop hijacking the civil rights movement.”

“This debate is about granting all Iowans the same protection and freedom guaranteed  to them in the constitution,” Dvorsky said. “Any attempt to limit the rights of Iowans should be met with reasonable and firm opposition.”

About 60 supporters of same-sex marriage rights also appeared at the Capitol to lobby Iowa Representatives. Most of the Let Us Vote crowd attempted to speak with Iowa Senators.

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  • Anonymous

    Ohhhh I see now…its the gays marrying that Make Hetetrosexuals BEAT and Abuse thier children? You mean like the guy in fla. a few yrs back who Punched/Kicked his 3yr old son to death cause he played with a Barbie,and the father didn’t want himto be gay……that kind of child abuse? ..or how about that mother a month or 2 ago – who SHOT & killed her 2 teens for NOT listening to her….thats because gays get married too? (((SNARK))) …wow- the wackjob Rightwing nutjobs NEVER cease to amaze with thier blatant stupidity!

    • Anonymous

      No I think the mother who killed her kids for sassing her, was a good Christian who was following the Leviticus verse that says disrespectful kids should be killed. She is probably a hero to these people as she lives and follows the bible. They are calling for a nation that is defined by the bible. The good and the bad. Of course since the bible is full of polygamy and incest it’s kind of funny that they worry about same sex marriage leading to that.

      • Stanley J

        Maybe we can volunteer to execute all these christians who violate the bible. A hell of a rotten but maybe necessary way to get rid of the hypocrites.

        BTW hypocrites hardly describes them. there is no English word strong enough to describe these religious extremists, except to call them christian binladens

  • Anonymous

    Interesting, isn’t it, how the highest rates of teen pregnancy, out-of-wedlock births, divorce, and the like tend to occur smack dab in the middle of the BIble Belt? Listen, Bible-thumpers, until you campaign to make covetousness and denying the all-holy hoo-hahness of Yaweh – you know, the studff actually in your 10 Commandments – illegal, the rest of us, noting the frequency of closet agy activities among the homophobic blowhards (Haggard, Rekers, Craig, and on and on) can only suspect that your crapola has less to do with holiness than suppressed homodesires. Yes, oh yes, in states where SSM is legal, alimony, and that great evil, adoption, have spiralled out of control! Pathetic! Take your antiquated superstitions and put ‘em where the sun don’t shine.

    • Corey

      Poverty rate lower among atheists:
      Society Without God (Zuckerman, 2008)

      IQ higher among atheists:

      Illiteracy rate lower among atheists:
      United Nations Human Development Report (2004)

      Average Income higher among atheists:
      United Nations Human Development Report (2004)

      Divorce rate lower among atheists:

      Teen pregnancy rate lower among atheists:

      Abortions lower among atheists:
      Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005):

      STD infection lower among atheists:

      Crime rate lower among atheists:
      Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005):

      Homicide rate lower among atheists:
      Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies: A First Look (Paul, 2005):

    • Stanley J

      Of course the kids are more apt to be humping in the bible belt. they understand the hypocrisy of their parents.

      And the best way to disrespect parents who are evil is to spread ones legs and f**k their brains out. All the while laughing .

      here in MD, the most anti gay include two delegates. One who is known to be gay, I’m going to make sure his wife knows about him. its called getting even.

      And the other – exactly what I described above. His older daughter was often one of two girls in bed with a kid I knew via work/
      And of course the bed time was naked and most likely drunk.

  • Richie Dans

    The Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association found that more than a century of research has shown: “no support whatsoever for the view that either civilization or viable social orders depend upon marriage as an exclusively heterosexual institution. Rather, anthropological research supports the conclusion that a vast array of family types, including families built upon same-sex partnerships, can contribute to stable and humane societies.”

  • Anonymous

    The Christards need to clean the tarnish from their Bronze Age moral compasses.

    • Stanley J

      the tarnish is from their pouring poison into our society. Always need anther group to hate to show their love.

      BTW, many if not most of them are unfortunate self hating gays. Try George Reker of the virulent Family Research Council hate group.

      Reker, a founder got caught recently taking pretty boy Lucien (Jo-Vanni Roman, a rent-a-boy male prostitute to europe to “carry his baggage”, or was it his ‘package”

      For reker I feel sorry for him – forced to feed the hate for people like him in a desperate attempt to hide who he is.

  • Richie Dans

    The view below is also shared by virtually every scientific, medical, and psychological authority that has ever studied the gay questions, including the American Medical Association, American Medical Student Association, American Psychological Association, World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, Child Welfare League of America, National Association of Social Workers, North American Council on Adoptable Children, American Psychoanalytic Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Council on Child and Adolescent Health, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Mental Health America, California Psychological Association, American Counseling Association, American Sociological Association, American School Health Association, National Association of School Psychologists, not to mention countless universities, local governments, labor unions, and virtually every human rights organization that exists.

    There simply is nothing wrong or bad about being gay. Except in the minds of certain people within certain faiths, who all rely on an ancient interpretation of 5 or 6 lines in a Bronze Age book (out of over 30,000 mind you) as their proof. Pretty nutty.

  • Anonymous

    Alimony? He’s putting alimony on gay marriage? Even though it preceded legal recognition of gay marriage by…decades? And how the heck is adoption a problem? Seems like a big check in the “solution” category to me. Is he saying adopted kids are subpar?

    The whole statement is ludicrous. Not only are we clearly quite prepared to deal with divorce, alimony, adoption, etc (and better prepared to provide good foster care and adoptive homes, due to acceptance of gay couples), but cultures worldwide have been dealing with this for millennia. Heck, we’ve dealt with much more confusing issues; just read through the Code of Hammurabi sometime.

    Based on this idiot’s exaggerated depiction of the end of civilization based on the possibility that two guys might kiss in front of their (adopted, oh noes!!!) kids, I’m guessing he doesn’t recognize this as satire at all:,19446/

    If he reacts this badly to people celebrating their bond several states away from his home, I wonder what he does when he gets a hangnail?

  • Anonymous

    You can vote on it if “Let Us Vote” on your Religious Tax-exemption status!

    • Anonymous

      stop acting like a marriage cop and grow up….and go play some bingo dude…

  • Wendy Peterson

    I hope the liberals don’t get too emotional about this topic because when you become unfocused and too emotional you tend to lose elections like the one coming up in 2012.

    • Anonymous


      0:49 “child abuse, adoption, divorce, foster care, alimony…”
      1:53 “what happens in Iowa effects the rest of the nation,..”
      2:21 “fear and hate…”
      2:30 “the un-churched…” “are our families safe to walk the sidewalks…”
      2:53 “are our schools bastions of success and ingenuity…” “literacy rates…”
      3:08 “are our prisons shrinking in size…”

      Telling neighbors who they should marry and the “reasons” given in the video are not signs of an emotionally stable or mature person.

      Voting to prevent people from marrying doesn’t change a thing.

  • Anonymous

    Jeez, re abuse, just ask the Catholic Christians about their priests, bishops and popes..

    In America marriage is firstly a civil and contractual matter. Period.

    Cheers, Joe Mustich, CT Justice of the Peace, USA,

  • Corey

    Studies have shown, two moms make the best parents.

    • Stanley J

      I can bet thats true. Especially when you look at the endless instances of child abuse – almost always by the fathers.

      google “southern Baptists and child molestation” Page after page after page of so called christians doing evil.

  • Anonymous

    So wrong! Getting born leads to sex. There will always be more kids, there will always be more kids that grow up to be blackmailed by kids to have sex, and the fact remains, no matter how someone is raised there will always be the need for sex or we as a species will end, so the only alternitive is to end sex laws and get god out of the court room and the bedroom and back in the church where the godly needs too learn the difference between reality and the spitural. Being sexual can be speirtual too and kids will have sex alone or with someone.

  • UIGrad2010

    a meeting of lonely old freakshows.

  • Stanley J

    Sounds like the BS from the hate groups like Family research council and the American Family Association.

    You can almost always bet that with “family” in their name, these groups are about destroying gay families, and poisoning the minds of good people.

    There is an psychological principle that the bad is always more powerful then the good.

    Jesus may have commanded us to love thy neighbor as thyself, but religious hatred often is stronger.

  • Renee Dawson

    I have done a great deal of research on this subject. I have 15 years of formal Baptist Bible education. I struggled deeply with the Bible and what God says about same sex relationships. I researched the Hebrew and the Greek. I read from theologians of all walks of life. Here is my research. I hope and pray that Christians will read this and prayerfully consider what I have learned:

  • Renee Dawson

    Oh and just a short PS… in my Bible believing church, I was abused by several different heterosexuals males…… started when I was seven.

  • Anonymous

    You have GOT to be KIDDING ME.

    This guy’s saying that legalizing gay marriage will lead to an increase of child abuse?!

    I think the greater abuse to children of gay couples is not recognizing their parents marriage thereby, also denying them equal protection under the law! Heaven forbid something were to happen to one parent and the children were taken away from the surviving parent for whatever reason!

  • Anonymous

    This idiot states, “No society is prepared to deal with the problems arising out of same-sex marriages; child abuse, adoption, divorce, foster care, alimony and the list goes on and on.”

    Yet all of those thing he stated above are currently participated in by heterosexuals in marriages. Perhaps we need to outlaw those?????????

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