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Fundie prayers fall on deaf ears in Iowa

MUCH gnashing and wailing of teeth comes this weekend from conservative Iowa, where glassy-eyed, slack-mouthed homophobes discovered the inefficacy of prayer regarding gay marriage.

Chuck Hurley, president of the Iowa Family Policy Center

Chuck Hurley, President of the Iowa Family Policy Center, second from left, pictured with supporters praying for a ban on gay marriage

Despite a coalition of fundies calling on The Big Guy in the Sky to intercede on their behalf, the State Supreme Court, according to a glum Baptist Press:

Handed homosexual activists a stunning victory, ruling unanimously in the nation’s heartland that ‘gay marriage’ must be legalized in a mere three weeks.

The decision overturned a 1998 law that had defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

Not counting California – where voters overturned a court ruling – Iowa becomes the third state in the US to allow gay marriage, and easily the most conservative one to date. Two states in the Northeast, Connecticut and Massachusetts, also recognise such relationships. Iowa is the first state outside the Northeast or the Pacific coast to legalise either gay marriage or civil unions.

The decision, fundies wailed, would have a negative impact on religious freedom. Said Chuck Hurley, president of the Iowa Family Policy Center:

This means, by force of law, every schoolchild in Iowa will be taught that homosexuality is equal to heterosexual behavior.

The seven justices, though, said the Iowa Constitution’s equal protection clause requires that gay marriage be recognised. Their ruling upheld a lower court ruling that had also sided with gay activists.

Marriage licenses will be issued to same-sex couples beginning around April 24.

A lawsuit was filed in December 2005 on behalf of six same-sex couples by Lambda Legal, a gay activist group. LL attorney Ken Upton applauded the ruling.

The Court’s decision is exhaustive, well-thought and supported by the Iowa Constitution. The ruling is legally compelling and consistent with the most basic of Iowa values ¬- fairness, strong communities and protection for families.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal and House Speaker Pat Murphy, both Democrats, released a statement saying:

When all is said and done, we believe the only lasting question about today’s events will be why it took us so long. It is a tough question to answer because treating everyone fairly is really a matter of Iowa common sense and Iowa common decency.

They added:

Today, we congratulate the thousands of Iowans who can express their love for each other and have it recognised by our laws.

But Jimmy Barrentine, executive director-treasurer of the Baptist Convention of Iowa, grizzled:

I am opposed to this decision. We are instructed by Scripture, which forthrightly condemns homosexual behavior.

12 responses to “Fundie prayers fall on deaf ears in Iowa”

  1. remigius says:

    The President of the Iowa Family Policy Center has such an evocative name.

    The next time I’ve had too much Jack Daniels, i.e tonight, I’m gonna call Chuck Hurley on the porcelain telephone.

  2. Buffy says:

    I’m still stunned–Iowa of all places, and unanimously at that. What’s more, they can’t just throw it to the wolves like they did here in CA. For it to be overturned, the state legislature would have to approve a ban on same-sex marriage in two consecutive sessions after which it would be turned over to the voters.

  3. William Harwood says:

    The legalization of same sex marriage indeed diminishes the rights of the religious. It takes away their right to deny equal treatment under the law to whatever minority they choose to target. Thanks to the granting of equal rights to gays, it is just a matter of time before religious studies departments at such conscious agents of the god delusion as Oxford and Cambridge are ordered to employ professors of religious history who wish to teach something other than the party line.
    Show me a currently-employed professor (or UK equivalent) in any department or faculty relevant to religion, whose writings and teachings are openly atheistic, and I’ll show you a former godworshipper who only came out of the closet and acknowledged that he had ceased to be godphuqt after he had acquired tenure.

  4. newspaniard says:

    Caption: “I dropped a 10 cent piece here somewhere”

  5. FrodoSaves says:

    It’s this damn culture of permissiveness again. I tell you, next we’re going to be giving animals rights!

  6. Stuart W says:

    As usual, they inaccurately and cynically use the word ‘family’ to mean the wholesome antithesis of ‘homosexual’ as if gay people everywhere didn’t come from stable families.

  7. Stuart H. says:

    Are you sure those freaks in the picture are actually praying?
    Maybe they’re either doing a Baptist version of the Hokey Cokey or headbanging to a very glum hymn.

  8. Barry Duke says:

    Hmmm … They could be looking for a lost contact lens, Stuart H

  9. Stonyground says:

    If these people really were “instructed by scripture” as they claim they would hardly be supporters of what is generally regarded as the traditional family anyway. The OT recommends polygamy and the NT advises people to avoid marraige altogether even if you have to resort to cutting your balls off.

  10. Callisto says:

    They’re looking for their single brain, shared between them, once fallen out, they’re all in dire trouble, it being so small…

  11. Godless not gormless says:

    Stuart H.

    Loved it! Very funny!

    Why do they look down anyway. Doesn’t the big guy live up the way in the sky?

    The sad thing is, no matter how often their prayers go unanswered, they just never let go of these mad ideas. God is willing use a hurricane to kill loads of people just to stop a gay pride march in New Orleans but when he has a chance to actually step in and change the law regarding homosexuals, he just can’t be bothered.

    But still they will believe.

  12. elaine says:

    Why oh why are these loonies given air time. There is no god so they are wasting their time. But even if they did not believe in a god they would be discrimating against everyone they disagree with.These people are bigoted and wonder if we knew all there was to know about them personnally they would be squeaky clean. I think not. Judge yourself before you judge others.