imageI was curious about what lobbyists were registered against HJR 6, the Iowa Marriage Amendment that passed out of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday.  What I found was interesting.

  • One Iowa – they have two lobbyists, and their registering was not surprising in the least since their sole mission is to protect same-sex marriage in Iowa.
  • Child and Family Policy Center – they have three lobbyists registered against.  Their issues page shows – child health, family economic success, early childhood and school readiness, child safety, equity and diversity, school success and state fiscal policy.  One of these issues seems out of place, especially when their primary role has been advocating for children.
  • Family Planning Council of Iowa – their purpose is “to provide quality reproductive health care and family planning services to all people in Iowa who desire such services.”  Huh?  Protecting the traditional definition of marriage somehow diminishes their mission?  And yet, they have one lobbyist registered against.
  • Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO – they also have a lobbyist registered against HJR 6.  I wonder how the definition of marriage is a labor issue and how many of their members don’t expect their dues to pay for activity like this.
  • National Association of Social Workers – They have two lobbyists working against.  How this advances the social work field or impedes their members from doing their work I’ll never know, but it is further proof how this profession has been hijacked by the left.
  • AFSCME Iowa Council 61 – How again is this a labor issue?  Oh I know benefits… Nope, sorry if I were a union member I’d be ticked, and they have six three lobbyists registered against this bill.
  • Planned Parenthood of the Heartland – Interesting, I’m surprised they are advocating any type of monogamous relationship since they want to treat youth like they are a bunch of minks.  They have two lobbyists registered against.
  • Interfaith Alliance of Iowa – they should change their name to InterLiberalFaith Alliance of Iowa.

And then the final group that irks me is that the Iowa Attorney General’s Office has two lobbyists registered against.  Can I just say that taxpayer funded lobbying should be an anathema, but that is a topic for another post.  It’s bad enough Tom Miller didn’t defend DOMA, but now he is using taxpayer money to actively work against an Amendment.

Who is registered for it so far?  Two lobbyists – Chuck Hurley of The FAMiLY Leader and Tom Chapman of the Iowa Catholic Conference.  I wonder where the other social conservative groups that have lobbyists at the Statehouse are.  Looking at these lists which side do you think represents grassroots mainstream Iowans?

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    1. I guess you were trying to be funny, but I think your comment underlies a mindset that somehow sees same-sex marriage and traditional marriage as mutually exclusive. They are not. Gays generally are not trying to abolish opposite-sex marriage. They simply want want, for themselves and their children, what opposite couples take for granted.

      Also, there have been some studies out recently showing marriage losing favor among younger heterosexuals, especially those without a college education. Perhaps the “defenders of marriage” should rethink who their allies are.

    1. You know if you are going to represent AFSCME you could have probably corrected me in a civil manner or at the very least use a personal email address and not your afscmeiowa.org email address. Just saying. Readers can’t see what email you use, but I can. It’s a poor reflection on your organization. I’m sure you’ve never overlooked something. It was an honest mistake as I was trying to get this posted before a meeting I had later on. I will correct it.

      So how about explaining why AFSCME is even weighing in on this bill instead of just being snarky with me?

      1. So how about explaining why you think this bill, which does nothing but inject religion into government, think this bill is a good thing? This is the land of the free, or at least is supposed to be. Yet we’re constantly subjected to the wills of people like you, trying to have government restrict those freedoms.

        /sigh

  1. who’s this guy? Haha. Pain, misery and discrimination must not be redefined. Keep America an unfair place so that this gentleman is happy.

  2. Dear Mr. Vander Hart,

    Could you please explain how the nature of your comments on this blog topic, are in alignment with the position statement of the “American Principles Project” for whom you serve as the “Iowa Communications Director”?
    According to their website, The American Principles Project is “dedicated to preserving and propagating the fundamental principles on which our country was founded – universal principles, embracing the notion that, WE ARE ALL CREATED EQUAL (all caps added for emphasis), endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” The site goes on further to state, “Through our efforts, we hope to return our nation to an understanding that governance via these timeless principles will only strengthen us as a country”.

    Rhetorical question: What ever happened to the basic principle of all religions (and kindergarten classrooms) “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you” (Matthew 7:12)?

    1. MJ, I typically don’t respond to comments after the post has been up a week, but I wanted to address yours.

      If I accepted your premise you would have a point, but we don’t even agree on the premise.

      1. Homosexuals were not created that way. 2. They do have equal rights under the law to marry a person of the opposite sex just like I do.

      You are also misapplying Matthew 7:12, if this verse is meant to be applied the way you are then you need to apply this to polygamists, and others who want to see their relationships gain equal recognition under the law.

      1. Mr. Vander Hart,

        Thank you for making an exception to respond to my post. It looks like there has been a series of misunderstandings between us.

        First, I do disagree with you on ‘the premise”. But for the sake of a good discussion, let’s assume you are correct when you state that “Homosexuals were not created that way”. You are apparently suggesting that every one of them made a conscious choice to be hated upon by people like yourself.

        Given your extensive involvement in reforming teens, youth ministry and guest speaking at churches, I had expected you to speak of tolerance and understanding of those who are different than yourself. THAT was the point of my use of the quote “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. . .judgement should be left to God. . .or at least that was what was taught at my Sunday school.

        Good luck.

      2. Mr. Vander Hart,

        Thank you for making an exception to respond to my post. It looks like there has been a series of misunderstandings between us.

        First, I do disagree with you on ‘the premise”. But for the sake of a good discussion, let’s assume you are correct when you state that “Homosexuals were not created that way”. You are apparently suggesting that every one of them made a conscious choice to be hated upon by people like yourself.

        Given your extensive involvement in reforming teens, youth ministry and guest speaking at churches, I had expected you to speak of tolerance and understanding of those who are different than yourself. THAT was the point of my use of the quote “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”. . .judgement should be left to God. . .or at least that was what was taught at my Sunday school.

        Good luck.

      3. Because I believe homosexuality is a sin doesn’t mean I hate homosexuals. Here I disagree with your premise of “tolerance.” The way you are framing tolerance means agreement. The classical definition means there needs to be something to tolerate.

        I can be respectful while disagreeing. I can be respectful even if I don’t believe the definition of marriage should be changed. Have I been uncivil? Have I called anyone a name? Did I bully anyone?

        No.

        And here I thought we could have a civil dialogue.

      4. Dear Mr. Vander Hart,

        I am still having a civil dialogue with you.

        I apologize for the use of the word ‘hate’ to describe your efforts. For the sake of our discussion, I will assume then that you do not “detest” or find homosexuals to be an “abomination” (these are synonyms for hate according to Webster’s dictionary).

        You are now and always will be entitled to your own beliefs. . .but should your (religious) beliefs entitle you to treat others unjustly (by supporting a vote to deny basic civil rights and protections offered by our tax-paying status within our government)?!?

        Are you familiar with Loving v. Virginia 1967 Supreme Court case? This was a case involving a couple whose skin color was not the same. At the time, public opinion showed that only 30% would vote in favor of inter-racial marriage. THANKFULLY, the US Supreme Court ruled that it is unconstitutional and discriminatory to deny marriage to two people with different skin color.

        The Nazi regime is the best example in recent history of an ultra-conservative movement to disinfranchise (remove basic civil rights and protections) from segments of people whose religious views and appearance differed from there own.

        Your thoughts?

      5. I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.

        – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 2

      6. I believe today that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator.

        – Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf, Vol. 1 Chapter 2

      7. Oh brother, that is weak.

        I’m sure that is why he not only went after Jews, but Catholics and Protestants who stood in his way.

        I remember hearing that Madonna prayed right before she performed concerts. I suppose that made her the poster child of virtue.

      8. I’m sorry, Mr. Vander Hart, but I think it is important to point out that your entire blog is filled with hate rhetoric. Fire and brimstone theology, or, as I experience it from modern preachers, “I love you but you’re going to hell” theology is not a theology that has any concept of love.

        Since you were willing to attempt engaging in Biblical quotes (though, honestly, as a well-trained theologian, I continue to find it odd how this country that attempts to separate church and state and represent all people in the country of all religious beliefs has no room for stances that don’t fit a conservative Christian worldview), I will give you two passages to consider. First, Matthew 18:15-17; and while you read this passage, consider how Jesus treated Gentiles and tax collectors, particularly consider that the disciple identified at Matthew is in fact a tax collector. Second, Romans 12:9-21; now I know when you read this passage, you’re going to cling to its opening words, but I believe in taking passages in their wholeness as best as possible, so I risk including words you will cling to in hopes that you will see what Paul means by those words in what he says throughout the rest of the text.

        Finally, I thank you for showing how many organizations oppose this bill. It is good to know a lot of people in Iowa have a clear concept of how God loves this world and the people in it, whether those people are Christian or not.

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