Lordy no. The Des Moines Register reports he and his picketed at Lincoln High School–and that students countered. Perhaps Phelps & Co. will grace our Pride parade again, like a few of the clan did when a local student won a Matthew Shepard Scholarship a few years ago (As I recall, there were far more cops than protesters in their zone by the State Historical Building–by a factor of at least four to one.)
Distasteful as his antics are, there is a certain honesty about them. One knows where one stands with him. There’s no pretense of loving the sinner while hating the sin. There’s also no code to parse–unlike the folks who sat in the gallery of the legislature wearing red (the Catholic colour of martyrdom) to protest the failure of the General Assembly to put gays back in their subordinate place. This is just as well. Bigotry and hatred have been normalized for too long. “In related news…” An addition to the list of Iowa’s Public Officials Who Get It is the state’s Attorney General. Tom Miller wasn’t content to rest on his laurels after he instructed the 99 County recorders to comply with the decision in Varum v Brien (since some folk were saying it had no force of law, being a mere opinion). Once the marriages started last week, petitions in opposition to the decision were presented to the county recorders (most reports put the number of signatories at around 17,000). Since then, the AG has said the petitions are a public record–so presumably the names are too (since the fellow is into following Iowa law), and without resorting to some kind of FOIA-type request from some reporter or citizen-blogger. More power to you, Mr. Miller. If they’re so bloody proud of themselves and their views, why shouldn’t they be known?