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Reaction mixed to Vander Plaats presentation

By Staff | Mar 9, 2011

Not everyone agreed with the comments Bob Vander Plaats made Tuesday at Cool Beans Coffee House about The Family Leader organization and its role in shaping Iowa politics.

While he lost in his bid for governor in the Republican primary, Vander Plaats last year led a successful statewide effort to unseat three Iowa Supreme Court justices in last November’s election. The justices were among seven who ruled the state’s marriage law unconstitutional, opening the door to same-sex marriages in Iowa.

Don Brown said he had come to the meeting Tuesday with the impression that everyone should have equal rights. “I still do. And these people don’t,” Brown said.

“You can’t say equality except for Catholics, except for Jews and except for gays,” Brown said. “Either you believe in equality or you don’t.”

Brown also addressed the issue of Vander Plaats’ continued references to scripture in his talk.

“In Iowa our laws are based on the Constitution, not the Bible. And I think they mixed it up,” Brown said. “The Supreme Court had to deal with equal rights and not he Bible.”

“I really like it,” Dr. Richard Bose said of Vander Plaats’ presentation. “I was impressed by almost every single thing he said. I think we need to get involved in everything he said.”