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IOWA: Newspaper Editor Sues After Being Fired For Using The Word “Gaystapo”

An Iowa newspaper editor is suing on the grounds of religious discrimination after being fired for using the word “gaystapo” on his personal blog. Via the Des Moines Register: Bob Eschliman, former editor of the Newton Daily News, filed a complaint this week with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission office in Milwaukee arguing that he was terminated May 5 …

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Iowa Hate Group Leader Links Terrorism With Same-Sex Marriage

Miranda Blue writes at Right Wing Watch:  Bob Vander Plaats, president of the Iowa-based Religious Right group The Family Leader, held a revival event yesterday that also happened to be a good marketing opportunity for his new book about the “urgent call for revival” in America. Vander Plaats introduced the event — which also featured a Q & A with …

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Democrats Mock Senate Candidate Joni Ernst For “Agenda 21” Conspiracy Theory

Joni Ernst, you may recall, rocketed to crackpot fame with campaign ads that trumpeted her ability to castrate a pig and her promise to literally shoot down Obamacare. Now that she’s won the Iowa GOP nomination for the US Senate, Democrats are mocking her belief in the loony tunes Agenda 21 conspiracy theory. Over at Wonkette, Doktor Zoom explains Agenda …

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IOWA: State Supreme Court Reverses Conviction In HIV Criminalization Case

Via press release from Lambda Legal: Today the Iowa Supreme Court set aside the conviction of Nick Rhoades, an HIV-positive Iowan who was initially sentenced to 25 years in prison, with required registration as a sex offender, after having a one-time sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom. In reversing the conviction, the Court recognized that …

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IOWA: US Senate Candidate Joni Ernst Vows To Literally Shoot Down Obamacare

Via Aksarbent: “Joni Ernst, the Iowa state senator who voted in 2012 for a Ag Gag law to send animal cruelty whistleblowers in Iowa to prison and who touted her skills at pig castration in her first campaign ad, is now pandering to bang bang fetishists in her newest ad.” Last year Ernst cosponsored a bill to overturn same-sex marriage …

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Iowa Reforms HIV Criminalization Law

Yesterday the Iowa House approved a bill that reforms draconian HIV transmission laws. The bill was approved by the state Senate in February. Current Iowa law makes it a felony to expose someone to HIV without their knowledge whether or not transmission takes place or if condoms had been used. The Iowa Legislature has sent to the governor a measure …

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Iowa Celebrates Five Years Of Marriage

Five years ago today the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage violated the equal protection clause of the state constitution. Iowa then became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage, but that right had been stripped in California by the time Iowa joined the list. Emboldened by the success of Proposition 8 and egged on by …

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Researcher Resigns After Confessing To Faking AIDS Vaccine Results

An Iowa State University professor has resigned after confessing that he falsified blood samples to make it appear that an AIDS vaccine was working. Dong-Pyou Han was an assistant professor of biomedical sciences. He resigned in October after admitting responsibility, an ISU spokesman said. The fraudulent results helped an ISU research team gain millions of dollars in federal money, according …

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Here’s A Book Trailer From Iowa Hate Group Leader Bob Vander Plaats

The theme of the book is that Jesus will turn America back into a Christian nation if everybody prays at 7:14am and 7:14pm every day. Or something. Vander Plaats, you might recall, was last year accused of offering to sell his presidential endorsement to Frothy Mix for a sweet million dollars.

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Tweet Of The Day – Soledad O’Brien

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IOWA: Art Gallery Sues Civil Rights Commission Over Hosting Gay Wedding

A Christian-owned art gallery has sued the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, claiming that being “forced” to host a same-sex wedding violates their religious liberty. The 11-count lawsuit by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty was filed late Monday in Polk County Circuit Court and wants the Iowa Civil Rights Commission to rule the refusal of Betty and Richard Odgaard is …

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IOWA: Appeals Court Upholds Conviction Of Man Who Didn’t Disclose HIV+ Status

The Iowa Court of Appeals today upheld the conviction of Nick Rhoades, a gay man who did not disclose his HIV+ status to a sex partner he met online in 2008. His partner, who did not become infected, called police after learning of the man’s HIV status even though condoms were used during their encounter. At his trial, Rhoades pleaded …

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IOWA: Brian Brown Loses Again, State Won’t Remove Campaign Investigator

Last week NOM’s Brian Brown launched a screaming complaint campaign against the Iowa official assigned to investigate Fred Karger’s complaint that they violated campaign finance rules. This just in from Karger: The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board will not remove its executive director from an investigation into whether the National Organization for Marriage violated state law by not disclosing …

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NOM Calls For Removal Of Iowa Official

“The people of Iowa are entitled to the highest standards of ethical conduct and independence from the state’s top ethics officer, but Megan Tooker has shown herself to be biased and incredibly unprofessional in her handling of the complaint against NOM. Ms. Tooker worked for one of the justices we helped remove from office in 2010 and which is the …

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Matt Baume: Marriage News Watch

Clip recap: Marriages continue in Pennsylvania, but the Governor has filed suit to stop them. We’ll have the latest from that state, plus civil actions in Tennessee, new data from Hawaii, and more bad news for the National Organization for Marriage.

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Father Of Sen. Ted Cruz: Homosexual Marriage Makes Government Your God

The father of Sen. Ted Cruz spoke this weekend at an Iowa “family” event co-sponsored by NOM. In a fiery speech Saturday at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Pastor Rafael Cruz laid out a number of socialist doomsday scenarios that he claimed are playing out in the United States, likening President Barack Obama to Fidel Castro. “Socialism requires …

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Brian Brown Vs Fred Karger

“The National Organization for Marriage has violated no campaign finance rules in Iowa, and we decry the decision by the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to open an investigation. This inquiry is a witch hunt spawned by a delusional homosexual activist who fancies himself becoming the president of the United States and who is a serial filer of frivolous …

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Iowa To Investigate NOM’s Finances

NOM will be investigated for cloaking its donors during the successful campaign to unseat three Iowa state Supreme Court justices who backed same-sex marriage. The Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board voted unanimously to investigate the National Organization for Marriage, saying that if the allegations against it are proven true, the marriage group’s actions would violate state law. The decision …

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The Greatest Thing You’ll See Today

An Iowa woman recorded her neighbor as she confronted her for harvesting rhubarb from near her back fence. The resulting outburst from already virally-famous Rhubarb Lady could have been scripted by John Waters. Seriously, this is like an outtake from Serial Mom and I can’t stop laughing. (Via Gawker)

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