This morning in Boston, the three Iowa Supreme Court justices ousted at the ballot box for ruling in 2009 that a one-man-one-woman marriage law violated the state’s constitution — Marsha Ternus, David Baker, and Michael Streit — were awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.
The awards, which were announced in March, sparked the predictable right-wing freakout over gay marriage — or, as they like to call it, gay “marriage.” That continued today, when fag-joke-enjoying Bob Vander Plaats’ The Family Leader tweeted out a denunciation of the award with the message, “What could be an insult to over a half million informed and constitutionally astute Iowans?”
The answer appears to be anti-gay crusaders like Vander Plaats, considering that the Iowa Supreme Court’s ruling was a simple application of the state’s equal protection clause, and that a majority of Iowans oppose a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Meanwhile in North Carolina, gay rights supporters have more cause for concern. On Tuesday, even though the state already denies its LGBT citizens equal marriage rights, there’s a good chance that voters will pass a constitutional amendment not only re-banning same-sex marriage but also civil unions and domestic partnerships. Lest you’ve forgotten how virulent homophobia still is in our society, here’s audio of a North Carolina pastor urging his congregation to vote for the amendment. To laughter and “amens!” he encourages his flock to abuse their gay children: “[If you catch them] dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist.”