Helping Iowa become Courageous

October 8, 2010 at 11:34 am 71 comments

By Adam Bink

In Iowa, NOM, along with the American Family Association, has funded the “Iowa for Freedom” campaign to oust the 3 Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of equal rights and are up for a retention vote this November. Polling shows the races are a tossup. All across the country our movement has demonstrated that supporting the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, whether you’re a single legislator or a governor or a justice, will not cost you your seat. NOM will also likely get involved in state legislative races, trying to muster supporters for a constitutional amendment.

So today, Courage’s Rick Jacobs and Cleve Jones are visiting Iowa in support of One Iowa’s equality efforts, and the following e-mail just went out from Cleve Jones:

Anti-gay activists would like you to believe that Middle America stands in monolithic opposition to the idea of equality. I reject the idea that equality knows geographic boundaries.

The U.S. Constitution guarantees equality for all — in all 50 states. But this November we find ourselves at a crossroads. In the heartland of America, there’s a movement underway to rollback the freedom to marry.

Across the country, equality is under attack — and nowhere is that more true than in Iowa. That’s why Courage Campaign founder Rick Jacobs and I are coming to Des Moines, Iowa, today. I’m overjoyed to be back in Des Moines, as Iowa is a state I know well from my travels with the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Here’s why I’m in Iowa: Extremists, including the National Organization for Marriage, have taken aim at three judges who were part of the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling that cleared the way for gay couples to marry in 2009.

These right-wing extremists have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat the justices, seeking to hijack the Iowa judicial system and intimidate judges from coast to coast. We can’t let this happen. Please stand with me today and make an urgent contribution to help One Iowa defend equality in the heartland:

The Iowa Supreme Court ruling came at a defining moment for the gay rights movement, just months after the devastating setback of Proposition 8.

And now “Iowa for Freedom,” the front organization funded by the National Organization for Marriage, is running TV ads statewide going after the three judges on the ballot this November. That’s why it’s critical that pro-equality Iowans know what’s at stake.

On Friday, Rick and I will stand with Iowa Governor Chet Culver, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, and Speaker of the House Pat Murphy to reaffirm Iowa’s historic commitment to equality for all. I couldn’t be more proud to visit Iowa today in support of their efforts.

It’s critical that we fight back against attempts to rollback the Iowa victory. One Iowa is working around the clock to preserve a fair-minded judiciary and build public support for equality. Please stand with me in support of One Iowa and their work to mobilize fair-minded Iowans by making an urgent contribution today:

Thank you for helping Iowa put to rest the notion that the freedom to marry has no place in the heartland.

Cleve Jones
Senior Advisor, Courage Campaign

Speaker Murphy was the same person who came to the NOM event in Des Moines this past summer, along with Mari Culver (the governor’s wife) to discuss why they support equality:

If you can, help them out in holding NOM accountable.

Entry filed under: NOM Exposed, Right-wing.

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71 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kathleen  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Prop 8 Defender Flees Televised Discussion

    (and subscribing)

    • 2. Ann S.  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:37 am


      • 3. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:40 am

        yup, i really need more emails to complete my day!

      • 4. StraightForEquality  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:23 pm

        ‘Scribe now, read after.

      • 5. JonT  |  October 8, 2010 at 2:45 pm


    • 6. Kate  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:51 am

      “….might be intimidated by the public attention”

      Gee — just like US, every single day of our lives.

      • 7. Rhie  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:32 pm

        Only difference that LGBT are actually under attack in this country. Guys like him are just lying cowards.

        I keep thinking that all that money could be spent on helping people, especially these days.

    • 8. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:55 am

      All made up lies from Prof. Alvare – the only intimidation, harassment and death threats I have seen have been made towards the Gays.

      The more those people who are on the fence over these issues, the more they are moving towards our side. So, keep up the good work helping us out Cooper and Prof. Alvare.

      • 9. Kate  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:58 am

        And even those dreadful WBC “people” are helping us. Fence-sitters aren’t likely to be swayed to their side by the uglier-than-usual signs they carry.

      • 10. Rhie  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:34 pm

        I was just thinking that. Fence-sitters are going to be swayed by the hateful anti side toward the equality side.

    • 11. AndrewPDX  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:22 pm

      Typical… like cockroaches, those who spew hate cannot stand direct scrutiny, and so they run and hide.

      Liberty, Equality, Fraternity

  • 12. Alan E.  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Last post…?

    • 13. adambink  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      One more coming from me today, but it’s my last day.

  • 14. Sagesse  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:42 am

    Of all NOM’s political games, attacking judges is unforgivable. Here’s hoping they don’t get away with it.

  • 15. karen in kalifornia  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Culver is behind in the polls. I don’t have a link to data, just read it somewheres today. Ugly homophobes winning across the country. This is no different.
    Thank you Gov Culver for supporting equality. Gee what a concept.

    • 16. adambink  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:35 pm

      Also, Brandstad’s moustache has a very 1982 feel to it.

  • 17. Richard A. Walter (soon to be Walter-Jernigan)  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Will try to catch up later. Currently in the middle of planning two weddings (mine and BZ’s being one of them, with a date finally set!) and getting Feed Equality up and running.

    • 18. Alan E.  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:27 pm

      Congrats on setting the date! For mine, unfortunately, it was any day before Nov 4, 2008.

  • 19. Phillip R  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Saw this article today and thought of the P8TT. Check it out:

    I know that statistics can be misleading but I do sincerely believe that as time passes, the scales continue to move into our favor.

  • 20. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Coulter May Face Voter Fraud Charges

    A Connecticut elections commission will soon decide whether conservative pundit Ann Coulter will face felony charges over allegations of voter fraud in the 2002 and 2004 elections.

    The State Elections Enforcement Commission will vote next week on whether to pursue charges against Coulter based on a complaint made by Daniel Borchers, an activist with Citizens for Principled Conservatism.

    In his complaint Borchers cited a New York Daily News article alleging Coulter voted illegally in Connecticut in the 2002 and 2004 elections by submitting an absentee ballot from her home in New York.


    • 21. Kathleen  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:41 pm

      More schadenfreude

  • 22. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    How long before NOM and the other ilk try to step in and save the kids from teh gayz?

    ‘Gay-friendly’ Catholic college presents controversial play

    Rehearsals for a play “revolving around issues in the gay community” have begun at St. Mary’s College of California in Moraga, a Christian Brothers institution in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland.

    “The cast for the play has been selected and rehearsals are in session,” reports the Oct. 5 edition of The Collegian, the campus newspaper. The play in question, “Angels in America,” will debut at Saint Mary’s LeFevre Theatre on Nov. 11, the student newspaper said.

    “Tony Kushner premiered the play in 1991 and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1993 for ‘Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,’” reported the Collegian. “The plot deals with many concerns the gay community has to face such as religion, reputations, relationships, AIDS and closeted sexual orientation.”

    The Collegian article explicitly recognized the controversial nature of such a play on a Catholic college campus. “A University should be a place for open dialogue and discussion,” Fr. John Morris OP told the student newspaper. According to the college faculty directory, Fr. Morris is an adjunct professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Mary’s. Fr. Morris, said the Collegian, “feels an academic setting is the place for a play of this nature.”

    “However, not all members of the community are excited about the upcoming production,” reported the student newspaper. “Father Morris mentioned there are people who think it is inappropriate and could bring up problems with the donors and alumni. He sees the issue on both sides of the Catholic faith: ‘The teachings are liberal but the Church is conservative,’ although he notes, ‘Any college should never be hesitant to teach due to possible negative responses.’”


    • 23. Anonygrl  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:45 pm

      And this is how the world changes. It isn’t us old dinosaurs shouting and waving signs (although that is where it starts) but where it changes is when the younger generation is courageous and explores issues that their predecessors feared.

      Good for them, doing this very tough play, in a place where it may meet with a less than enthusiastic reception. I wish them all the best and hope they can open some eyes and change some hearts in the process.

  • 24. Ed  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    and here’s one from NOM’s website. Remember how they wanted to raise 200K by tonight (and it would be matched, for a total of 400k)? well….as of right now….
    What follows is on their site…

    12 Hours Remaining!!! Help Reach our $200K Matching Grant Goal by Midnight Tonight!

    With just twelve hours remaining, we need to raise $164,331 by midnight tonight to meet our Matching Grant Challenge.

    Please click here to join our online Money Bomb right now!

    So far, with donations still rolling in, we have raised $35,669.00. And every dollar raised by midnight tonight will be doubled, allowing us to extend our message even further in these last three weeks before the election.

    Countdown to fail LOL

    • 25. Ed  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:44 pm

      What got me was when they said…..with donations still rolling (!?!)…….uh yeah, ok

      • 26. Phil L  |  October 8, 2010 at 11:07 pm

        Well a busted wheel that wobbles forward slowly is still considered to be “rolling”.

        You know… technically.

    • 27. Anonygrl  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm

      I wonder if we couldn’t start a $200,000 campaign RIGHT NOW and beat them to the finish line?


      • 28. elliom  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:50 pm

        Make that: 200,000 cans of food for Food for Thought!

    • 29. yelocab  |  October 9, 2010 at 5:15 am

      According to their “three hours left” message, they are up to $81,139.

      On the page, it says: “On October 7th, we’ll let everyone know just how many people donated and how much money we raised.”

      But there is no message saying how much was raised (it is Oct. 9 now).

  • 30. elliom  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    200,000 cans / 108 FB friends = 1,851.85 cans/friend.

    • 31. elliom  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      crap, crap, crap.

      Hit “Reply,” THEN comment!

    • 32. Anonygrl  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:15 pm

      Then we need to get it to 1080 FB friends, and 185.185 cans each, right?

      • 33. elliom  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:55 pm

        Now you’re thinkin’!

  • 34. Peter  |  October 8, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Iowa IS courageous!

    Help Iowa STAY courageous!

  • 35. Papa Foma  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    It is nice to see a corner being turned. Standing on the side of equality is quickly becoming mainstream and fashionable. (It shouldn’t have to be fashionable in order to be carried out but at least it is becoming far more popular!)

  • 36. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I personally would like to see the image in this article to become a reality –

  • 37. Kate  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    I live in Iowa City Iowa and have been actively trying to get people informed and involved with the midterm election and the effort to retain our fair minded supreme court justices. Facebook is my primary medium, though I’ve been known to write the occasional letter to the editor. haha.

    It bothers me to no end that Bob Vanderplaats has started this ridiculous initiative and that its being funded by out of state money. It bothers me more that the polling is as close as it is as to whether or not the judges will be retained. It makes me so sad…

    I hope we can pull it off!

    • 38. Kathleen  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      I’m confused – is this a different “Kate” than our northern Cali bee keeping Kate?

      • 39. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 8, 2010 at 1:58 pm

        I was thinking that too. I think they are different Kate’s…otherwise we will all be sad when we show up on Kate’s Ranch doorstep!

      • 40. Kate - Iowa City  |  October 8, 2010 at 3:01 pm

        haha. sorry! I amended my name. I’m a different Kate. :) I do not keep bees…but commend “other kate” for doing so! ;)

      • 41. Kathleen  |  October 8, 2010 at 3:09 pm

        Thanks Kate – Iowa City, appreciate your cooperation in helping reduce my confusion – a state of mind that is already a huge liability in my life. :)

      • 42. Kate  |  October 8, 2010 at 4:21 pm

        Goodness — even I was confused!

        –The beekeeping Kate

  • 43. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 8, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    The Outie Awards

    Dow Chemical, Clorox, and IBM were among the big winners Thursday evening at the 2010 Out & Equal Workplace Summit’s Outie Awards, recognizing achievement in progressive business initiatives for LGBT employees.

    The Los Angeles event drew more than 2,000 attendees representing Fortune 500 companies including Citibank, Xerox, and Wells Fargo as well as federal agencies.

    With prospects for a federal law to protect gays and lesbians against workplace discrimination becoming increasingly dim in the near future, panelists discussed methods of strengthening their own health coverage for LGBT workers and company nondiscrimination policies, particularly for corporations with global reach.

    “The whole international piece has become a hot topic,” Out & Equal Workplace Advocates founding executive director Selisse Berry said. “People are still trying to figure out how to take these policies globally. And to have an impact globally.”


  • 44. Lesbians Love Boies  |  October 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Not Done Yet

    “I WROTE a new speech for the gays and I don’t have it memorized yet!” said Ann Coulter, as she ducked into a hallway in the Union Square apartment of the venture capitalist Peter Thiel on a recent Saturday night, flicking a half-empty packet of Habitrol gum between her fingers. She was there to speak at Homocon 2010, a party for the one-year anniversary of GOProud, the Washington-based advocacy group for gay conservatives.

    For a right-wing, evangelical Christian who has made fun of homosexuals and opposes same-sex marriage, Ms. Coulter seemed awfully … game. Wearing a black lace-up cocktail dress and high black heels, she posed for a photograph with the founder of Boy Butter, a maker of sex lubricants. She joked about her fellow conservatives. “Yes, that was Elton John at Rush Limbaugh’s wedding, not Velma from ‘Scooby-Doo,’ ” she said, as listeners chuckled. She warmly greeted a pornographic film director, and admired the “freedom is fabulous” T-shirt worn by one volunteer. “Can you be gay and conservative?” she shouted at the mostly male crowd, many of whose shirt collars were soaked with sweat after the air-conditioning had faltered. “You have to be!” Conservatives, she surmised, are tough on the war against Islamic terrorists. “And you know what the Muslims do to gays,” she said, flashing a knowing look.


  • 45. Kate  |  October 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    On the NOM FB page:

    Dustin Brian Lee Tenney The blood of these kids that killed themselves is on the hands of those who promote the Gay agenda. Suicide is never the answer. It’s not our fault that someone kills himself because he refuses to become a heterosexual.

    • 46. fiona64  |  October 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm

      “And they will know we are Christians by our love, by our love. They will know we are Christians by our love.”

    • 47. Straight Ally #3008  |  October 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm

      This is the LGBT rights version of Poe’s Law…I honestly can’t tell if that is satire or someone who actually believes that.

      • 48. Kate  |  October 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm

        It’s not satire. There is a full page full of comments agreeing with the poster on the NOM site. At one point, the moderator even tells the posters to remember that the families are grieving. (But the hate posts remain.)

      • 49. fiona64  |  October 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm

        Yep … the hate posts remain while pro-equality posts are deleted and the posters banned …


  • 50. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Hey Trackers…I just got home from NYC & the Die-in at Grand Central Terminal….That was the coolest thing I have even done…My mom went too & took some pictures…they didn’t come out to well…a few were really good…I’ll see if I can salvage the rest…I couldn’t see anything from the floor but my mom said the room was covered…This is major train station…she said it looks like there had to be around 400 people…It looked like that before it started…she also people looked confused when the whole thing…THIS WAS FRIKEN AWESOME….there were video camera & flashing everywhere so when i find a video I’ll post it….<3…Ronnie

    • 51. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 5:44 pm

      P.S. These are the names they read out & we repeated LOUD & clear!!!!!….<3…Ronnie:


      Lateisha Green

      Billy Lucas

      Victoria Carmen White

      Seth Walsh

      Darryl Fearon

      Tyler Clementi

      Nicole Lee Anderson

      Paola Matos

      Ryan Skipper

      Shanesha Stewart

      Stephanie Yazum

      Matthew Shepard

      Amanda Gonzalez-Andujar

      Chanel (Dana A. Larkin)

      Durval Martins

      Asher Brown

      Amanda Milan

      Michelle Lynne O'Hara

      Justin Aaberg

      Angie Zapata

      Duanna Johnson

      Raymond Chase

      Roy Antonio Jones III

      Lawrence King

      Richard Hernandez

      Ruby Molina

      Pauline Ibarra

      Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado

      Chris Kanyon

      Myra Chanel Ical

      Gwen Araujo

      Eric Mohat

      • 52. JonT  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:07 pm

        Wow. So many names :(

      • 53. Kate  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm

        Add my friends, Michelle Abdill and Roxanne Ellis.

      • 54. Regan DuCasse  |  October 9, 2010 at 6:49 am

        I know who each of the persons attached to those names are. Each one tears at me and hurts so much.

        The representatives of NOM, never cared about the people behind these names.
        They are such cowards. I mean…their hyperbole regarding the decision on Prop. 8 is out and out libel.

        Most importantly though, what the First Lady and P. Murphy of IA said is that IA has been at the forefront of HUMAN rights long before SCOTUS did so for the entire country.

        Why NOM or anyone else argues against the expansion of justice and equality is beyond me. The legacies of justice and equality are things to be proud of.
        Not religion based oppression.

        Our nation, over time rejected oppressive directives that restrict a citizen’s ability to be self reliant, self determined, responsible…and their full potential to contribute and be happy.

        We reject slavery, the subjugation of women…so why the determination to continue oppressive laws against gay people EXCLUSIVELY?

        As said, no state has an interest in such laws. They benefit nothing and no one…not even religious conservatives.

        It’s on this alone they deserve challenge. In the names of the young people listed, we can demand no less.

    • 55. Kathleen  |  October 8, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      Ronnie – I’m SO glad you were able to go. As I said in my message to you, if I had been in NY I would have been there with you’!

      • 56. Felyx  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm

        Props Ronnie!

      • 57. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:12 pm

        Thank you for letting me know about it Kathleen…You were there in spirit….<3…Ronnie

  • 58. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    Ok the videos are up…..I’m posting the videos from the Flash Mob Die-In at Grand Central Terminal in NYC today……<3…Ronnie:

    P.S, you can see the video here:

    • 59. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    • 60. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    • 61. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:27 pm

  • 62. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  • 63. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:25 pm

  • 64. Kathleen  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Such inspiring videos! Were there many arrests? I saw one woman being taken away.

    • 65. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 6:51 pm

      Not that I know of…If there were I’m sure we’ll hear about it 2morro….there was a guy there in a wheel chair taking part in it…now that is passion….I love it….<3…Ronnie

    • 66. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      Kathleen…. it was 2 of the organizers who led the demonstration that were arrested but not really arrested…they were given tickets & have to appear in court..probably have to pay a fine that I will gladly & definitely chip in if they ask….

      There’s an article here…<3…Ronnie:

      • 67. Kathleen  |  October 8, 2010 at 9:48 pm

        Thanks for the links to article, Ronnie. It answers the question I had. The organizers had indicated ahead of time that this was not an arrest-risk action, so I was wondering what had happened. I hope the police are taken to task for what appears to be a breach of an agreement.

        Again, so wish I could have been there with you. I may be visiting NY in late Oct or Nov. Maybe we can meet up if I’m there.

        Big Hugs!!

      • 68. Ronnie  |  October 9, 2010 at 10:41 am

        You’re welcome..that would be cool…hopefully I find an apartment & move in by then…<3…Ronnie

  • 69. Ronnie  |  October 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Anybody who is lurking in this amazing community & is in the tri-state area…i.e. New York, Connecticut, New Jersey…tomorrow night there will be a March on Stonewall site of the historic & legendary Stonewall Riots of 1969 that gave birth to the LGBT Liberation… in lieu of the recent attacks (1 at the Stonewall Inn & the other in Chelsea, NYC)….

    NIGHT MARCH: Our Solidarity Against Hate
    Time: Saturday, October 9 · 8:30pm – 10:00pm
    Location: Corner of West 25th St. & 9th Ave. and will march to Stonewall
    Then stay for a drink & dance a little at a charity dance for Queer Rising afterwards @ the Stonewall Inn

    I’ll be there hope you can too…..<3…Ronnie

  • 70. Fake Name  |  October 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Ronnie, you are an inspiration to us all! You made me cry watching the videos. Those Queer Organizations sure know how to protest. Go Queer!

  • 71. Bob  |  October 9, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Ronnie, you blossoming activist, thanks so much for your enthusiasm , and participation, and sharing it like you do, that also is very important who knows the numers who you reach in luring mode,

    These actions are inspirationsl, and exposing the facts on so many levels, visual, hearing, espcially feeling, it disrupts ordinary lives, and gives one pause to think.

    Hopfully there will be more of these actions, they also send a challenge to other groups, asking How will you stand up?

    Hopefully these actions will intensify as we get closer to elections, keep the heat on, END BULLYING VOTE DEMOCRAT.

    woot woot Ronnie


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