October 26, 2010
Arisha’s latest report from Iowa includes some interesting footage from NOM “Judge Bus” supporters, revealing their views on man/animal marriage, “disease-carrying nasty” gays, and “sodomy-marriage.” No wonder Brian Brown bailed on the tour. Yep, Brian is gone, and will be replaced by Rick “Man on Dog” Santorum, it appears. Maybe we should start calling it the “Animus Bus”? — Eden
By Arisha Michelle Hatch
In Council Bluffs late Monday, equality supporters again outnumbered NOM supporters, this time 92 to 43 — almost a carbon copy of the turnout in Des Moines on Monday.
NOM’s presentation was more of the same. According to Brian Brown, NOM supporters had been shouted down at various locations by counter-protestors and their civil rights have been violated by the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision finding that a same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional.
By the whistlestop at Council Bluffs, NOM added an additional layer of spin to justify being out-numbered by equality supporters across the state, alleging on both their twitter account and during their speech that local equality organizations were busing in out-of-state supporters to boost their attendance figures. Kind of ironic and hypocritical given that NOM’s “Judge Bus” has Montana license plates…
I have personally not seen any evidence to support their claims. Of the 90-plus equality supporters at the Council Bluffs stop, I only encountered three from out-of-state all of whom were from Omaha, which is 8.5 miles away, including one man who grew up in Iowa and just yesterday closed on a house in Council Bluffs and who already had his u-haul packed to begin his move.
On to Sioux City.
Twenty-five NOM supporters braved the cold Sioux City wind Tuesday morning, although Brian Brown was nowhere to be found. After spending thousands of dollars to influence this Iowa election, you’d think he’d stick around for a few more days.
Unfortunately, that means he effectively escaped having to answer the questions we brainstormed yesterday for him.
The Judge Bus stopped briefly in Carroll to address a small crowd of about 8, as you can see in the photo below. Dan Dirkx, a candidate for local office – a father of 10 (with one on the way) addressed the audience.
“We currently have a judge in San Diego, Phillips, who thinks she can tell the pentagon what to do,” said Dirkx. “When you offend God individually, God will deal with you individually; but when you offend God as a nation, that’s a different story.”
Meanwhile, here are some of the video, er, highlights from our first day in Iowa. Let us know what you think about the viewpoints expressed by Ron, Dave and Don — three of NOM’s most enthusiastic supporters at their poorly attended events.
Ron was literally the first person I interviewed in Iowa — if you can call it an interview. I didn’t get very many questions in but that didn’t stop him from sharing his view that gays are a “disease-carrying nasty threat to society.”
Finally, we ran into Don in Winterset. He really enjoys using the phrase “sodomy-marriage.” Check out his explanation: