Wednesday, July 20, 2011

OneIowa: Tell Vander Plaats to quit bullying Iowans

OneIowa, the state's largest LGBT organization, has posted a petition on its website after a video surfaced showing the Family Leader head laughing and complimenting a joke insulting gay people last March at a whistlestop during Vander Plaats "Capturing the Momentum" Iowa bus tour. The joke, employing a gutter term for gay people, was cracked by a conservative supporter in Audubon, Iowa at a Subway sandwich shop meeting held by Vander Plaats

Though the news broke less than 20 hours ago, 923 people have already signed. The verbiage:
Dear Bob,

Throughout the debate on marriage, you have claimed that you want to have a civil discussion on the issues affecting loving, committed gay and lesbian Iowans. Yet, as you continue to use hurtful and derogatory language, you are showing more and more that you are not interested in a civil debate, but only furthering your political career. Your comments have hurt not only gay and lesbian Iowans, but all Iowans, and have made our state a joke throughout the country.

Mr. Vander Plaats, you do not speak for me, and I demand that you issue an apology to gay and lesbian Iowans for your hurtful comments and actions.

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