Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Iowa: The State Where You Can't Smoke A Fag, But You Can Marry One

That's the new state motto being bandied about by supporters of thrice-failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats and the anti-marriage group, The FAMiLY LEADER.  Earlier today, Think Progress published an article about BVP at a "Capturing Momentum Tour" event at the Subway Restaurant in Audubon, Iowa back in March 2011.  The article features a 45 second clip that begins with BVP complaining about former Iowans who have been calling his office and relating stories about how Iowa is now the joke of the country because gay and lesbian couples have the legal ability to marry.  About halfway through the clip, one of the attendees shared an anti-gay quip:
Attendee: You know what my wife says?  She says "Iowa: the state where you can't smoke a fag, but you can marry one.

Everyone then bursts into laughter, including BVP.

BVP: Oh shoot, that's pretty good, that's pretty good.  Oh shoot.
You can watch the clip here:

Incidentally, supporters of BVP and The FAMiLY LEADER have a history of linking gay families to cigarette smoking.

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