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King brings Iowa marriage stump speech to Values Voter Summit
If Iowans were hoping to hear something new from U.S. Rep. Steve King during his address at the ongoing Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., they were sorely disappointed.
King, who offered an early afternoon address on the subject of marriage, struck many of the same chords he’s made while campaigning in Iowa, especially during his stops alongside the social conservative Judge Bus, which advocated for the ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court justices that participated in a decision regarding civil marriage for gays and lesbians.
“Marriage is the essential foundation stone for civilization,” King told attendees at the social conservative conference, echoing an argument he’s launched numerous times against same-sex marriage rights.
“[Marriage is] under assault today, ladies and gentlemen. It’s under assault even though it is a sacrament. They have decided they are going to assault it and they are doing so because — not because there is an alterior value out there. They will just attack everything that we believe in. If we believe in it, they will attack it just because they know it is precious to us.”
Religious conservatives announced at the Values Voter Summit that they would be taking the lessons they learned in Iowa, and specifically their bus tours, and utilizing that same strategy nationally. Since King spoke after the announcement, he referenced his stops on the Judge Bus in Iowa, saying that those who favored marriage equality would be at the stops as being “on the verge of militant.”
“They would come out and they would stand in there and they would scream and yell and curse with the worst profanity I’ve heard anywhere, and I spent my life in the construction business. They were the most unhappy people I ever met that called themselves gay,” he noted before he and the audience broke into laughter.
Although The Iowa Independent was not present at all Judge Bus stops that featured King, the scene King described to the audience was not representative of the handful of stops our staff did attend. At a Cedar Rapids bus stop in Green Square Park, for instance, marriage advocates vastly out-numbered those who attended in support of the bus tour, but chose to mostly stand silently to the side of the demonstration while holding signs.
The few voices of opposition that happened during the speakers were not laced with profanity, and were matched in their fervor by responses from those supporting the bus tour, also without profanity.
Although The Iowa Independent search for King’s full remarks on video, the speech does not appear to be included in C-SPAN coverage of the event and no such full-length offering seems to currently exist. (If readers know of such a video, please let us know.) What was found was a piece-meal recording, offered by Right Wing Watch, which we acknowledge is not an objective source. Nonetheless, as the only capture available, we are embedding it below: