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Joe Solmonese: NOM-Led Iowa Campaign Threatens Judicial Independence Everywhere

October 26, 2010,

From HRC President Joe Solmonese on the Huffington Post: In the final week of a contentious midterm election when voters are understandably focused on pocket-book issues, a collection of anti-gay groups and politicians are crisscrossing Iowa in a bus tour aimed at ousting three state Supreme Court justices who took a particular view of the state constitution. Funded by the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Family Research Council (FRC), this campaign has nothing to do with Des Moines, Dubuque or Waterloo. Instead, it's all about sending a chilling warning to state justices sitting everywhere else: either enforce your state constitution in the same, rigid ideological way as we do, or we're coming to get you.



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Show Me the Bus

October 26, 2010,



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Day 1 Wrap in Montana (um, Iowa): Gays are Nasty Threat

October 26, 2010,



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They Won’t Even Be Here After the Election

October 25, 2010,

I don’t believe that out-of-state special interest groups, riding around Iowa in a bus with Montana plates, presuming they know what is best for Iowans, have considered at all the full impact of their actions.



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VIDEOS: NOM’s Iowa “Judge Bus” tour — Aggressive, willful ignorance as substitute for fact

October 25, 2010,

We’ll be posting some of our best videos on Tuesday, but Jeremy just put up this Good As You cross-post, with a brief breakdown of the Des Moines speeches and NOM’s all-too-predictable Judge Bus talking points, via Steve King, Brian Brown and yes, the one and only Rep. Louis Gohmert. Previous Iowa posts can be read under our “NOM Tour Tracker-Iowa” category. — Eden By Jeremy Hooper



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Behind NOM’s “Judge Bus” Iowa tour: “Healing” openly gay students before they become openly fair-min

October 25, 2010,

We’ll have a report from Arisha on NOM’s out-of-state-hate bust tour soon. Meanwhile, check out this, cross-posted at Good As You. By Jeremy Hooper



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Propaganda in Iowa

October 25, 2010,

Marriage will remain legal no matter what happens on November 2nd. But take a look at what the anti-gay groups are handing out at their rallies in Iowa today, courtesy of the American Family Association’s legislative arm.



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Update in NY: Judge Dismisses NOM’s Lawsuit

October 25, 2010,

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara dismissed as premature a NOM lawsuit that sought to allow the anti-gay organization to run ads supporting gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino without being subject to the state’s campaign finance disclosure laws.



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NOM, Brian Brown, Rick Santorum, and Tony Perkins invade Iowa for “Judge Bus Tour” — Courage there t

October 25, 2010,

NOM’s “Judge Bus” tour kicked off in Des Moines, Iowa, this morning. And Courage sent Arisha on the road to cover them over the next four days as NOM, Brian Brown, Tony Perkins, Rick Santorum and Iowa Congressman Steve King spread their fringe message in the heartland, attempting to tell Iowans how to discriminate against loving families. The tour kicked off this morning and we’ll be posting updates throughout the day. (Later, we’ll also be posting Prop 8 case amicus briefs — or “friend of the court” briefs — filed today in support of the AFER arguments before today’s 9th Circuit Court deadline). Stay tuned! — Eden By Arisha Michelle Hatch The National Organization for Marriage’s Iowa Judge Bus Tour hasn’t even kicked-off yet and already it feels markedly different than the Courage Campaign NOM Tour Trackers’ recent encounter with the often-times hostile Vota Tus Valores Tour in California sponsored by NOM a few weeks ago.



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Iowa Update, 9:30am: Meeting Brian Brown

October 25, 2010,

After the pro-equality rally on the steps of the state capitol, we hustled a few steps over to an ensemble of the nation’s most notorius anti-gay folks congregated in front of the “judge bus”– sporting Montana license plates. Speakers encouraged the crowd of about 50, the vast majority of whom were in their 50s and 60s, to vote against the three Iowa judges. Rep. Steve King (R-IA), proud author of Iowa’s defense of marriage act, and out-of-stater Louis Gohmert, a Republican from Texas who has compared being gay to necrophilia, did a fine job of reciting the usual sordid talking points against the gays.



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