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VIDEO: NOM-driven Iowa For Freedom gets smacked down. Hard.

October 21, 2010,

In a “Judicial Retention Forum” held by the Iowa Independent and Simpson College, Iowa For Freedom’s Bob Vander Plaats debated former Supreme Court justices Mark McCormick and Robert Albee. Jeremy covers this jaw-dropping moment, cross-posted at Good As You. — Eden By Jeremy Hooper Iowa For Freedom‘s Bob Vander Plaats really thought he was on to something when he mentioned the Emancipation Proclamation’s role in freeing slaves, as part of a suggestion that the Iowa court shouldn’t play a role in the modern conversation surrounding same-sex marriage. It’s just too bad he completely forgot about In Re the Matter of Ralph, THE VERY FIRST CASE THE IOWA STATE SUPREME COURT EVER TOOK ON!, wherein the court rejected slavery decades before Dred Scott, the end of the Civil War, Emancipation, or the 13th Amendment.



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NOM’s Get-Out-the-Vote Effort

October 21, 2010,



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NOM-Endorsed Minnesota Candidate Won’t Even Talk About ‘the Gay’

October 21, 2010,



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All Eyes on Iowa

October 21, 2010,

NOM President Brian Brown just sent out a fundraising email saying, “We are throwing every penny we have” into Iowa.



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HRC Contributes to Iowa Fair Courts Campaign to Counter NOM’s Deceptive Bus Tour

October 21, 2010,

One of the battlegrounds for LGBT equality in the coming days is Iowa. Beginning Monday, the hardcore anti-gay groups—Family Research Council, National Organization for Marriage, the American Family Association— and former Republican Senator Rick Santorum–are swooping into Iowa next week for a bus tour to help defeat three of the justices who ruled for Iowa marriage equality in 2009. The tour, they say, will make 20 stops and hit 45 of Iowa’s 99 counties. One of the leaders involved in in this Iowa effort has said, “Homosexuals should be disqualified from public office.”



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Gay teen suicides? Maggie Gallagher washes her hands

October 21, 2010,

This is a must-read. Cross-posted by Rob at Waking Up Now. — Eden by Rob Tisinai [Maggie Gallagher has an editorial in the the NY Post in which she denies her battle against marriage equality has any effect on gay teen suicides. Let’s have a look. Maggie’s statements are in bold.] Do I have blood on my hands? Ooo, pick me, I know! Major gay-rights groups are saying so. Each of us who opposes gay marriage, they say, is responsible for the terrible and tragic suicides of gay teens that recently hit the news. I can’t speak for the major gay groups, but personally I’ve always made a distinction between people who earn 6-figure salaries by spreading lies about gays and lesbians and marriage, and the voters who oppose marriage equality as a result. But this is one of your favorite tactics, Maggie: any criticism of you actually an attack on millions of people. Delusions of grandeur much?



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NOM’s Helping Paladino…and Wants to Do It Secretly

October 20, 2010,



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The 800-Pound Gorilla

October 20, 2010,

Here are 10 reasons why you should care about the National Organization for Marriage, which is standing in the way of LGBT equality. 1. NOM has emerged as the #1 anti-gay force in the country. In terms of organized resistance, this is the 800-pound gorilla. 2. NOM’s highly visible presence fuels an atmosphere that threatens LGBT youth. 3. NOM wants a federal marriage amendment outlawing marriage for same-sex couples. 4. NOM is helping to defeat pro-equality candidates in this fall’s elections. 5. NOM is a shady, fringe character in American politics that holds views that even the Republican Party has tried not to highlight (see GOP’s 2010 “Pledge to America”) 6. NOM is intimidating judges everywhere by targeting three Iowa justices who were part of a unanimous decision to allow same-sex couples to marry. 7. NOM’s sister organization is breaking federal law. And kind of admits it. 8. NOM is playing fast and loose with campaign finance laws challenging disclosure laws in multiple states. 9. NOM has the rabidly anti-gay Mormon and Catholic church hierarchies in their back pocket and on their Board of Directors. 10. NOM has exceptionally good communicators that can influence how the public views the LGBT people.



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Definition of insanity: A 3rd NOM bus tour

October 20, 2010,

By Adam Bink Right? I mean, it doesn’t get any crazier than this.



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NOM Taking Anti-Gay Shenanigans on the Road in Iowa

October 19, 2010,

Family Research Council and NOM just announced a new bus tour in Iowa to urge voters to vote “no retention” on judges who recognized marriage equality. Next week’s tour will make 20 stops in 45 of Iowa’s 99 counties. Since NOM’s California bus tour was a resounding defeat, they’re giving it another try – swooping into Iowa to meddle in the state’s judicial election. But guess what? Their efforts here are not really about helping to defeat the justices who ruled (unanimously) to allow same-sex marriage in Iowa in 2009.



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