“In Iowa, You Can’t Smoke A Fag But You Can Marry One”

Jim Burroway

July 19th, 2011

That’s the punchline to a joke that had Iowa’s The Family Leader’s Bob Vander Plaats laughing and saying, “That’s pretty good! Oh shoot!”

Igor Volsky at ThinkProgress reacts:

Vander Plaats’ reaction is not entirely surprising, since the group has previously compared homosexuality to the cancerous effects of second-hand smoking and links supporters to ex-gay reparative therapy. What’s more telling is the willingness of Republican presidential candidates like Tim Pawlenty and Newt Gingrich to attend the group’s presidential forum and Michele Bachmann’s and Rick Santorum’s eagerness to sign its pledge.


July 19th, 2011

But let’s be real here. The only real difference between Van der Plaats and Bachmann and Gingrich and the rest of the Hee Haw gang is that Van der Plaats got caught ON CAMERA laughing at such a joke. Bachmann, Santorum, Gingrich and all the rest can just be glad that they’re not being recorded 24/7.

Unfortunately the same can be said for way too many Democrats; including “publicly” supportive Democrats. Republicans tend to keep their personal support for and fondness for gay people deep in the closet whereas a lot of Democrats tend to keep their personal homophobia away from public view. And too many “Democrats” don’t even bother doing that; reference Democrats in Maryland, Rhode Island, Delaware and Ruben Diaz Sr. of New York. DOMA and DADT passed with OVERWHELMING Democratic support.

I kind of wandered from my point but yeah, Van der Plaats differs from his cohorts, not in principle, but in exposure.


July 19th, 2011

Want to completely ruin Plaat’s credibility? Make him laugh at a black or jewish joke and film it.


July 19th, 2011

hah hah van der PUTZ…very funny.


July 19th, 2011

@ Ezam:

This guy doesn’t have any credibility to ruin, it’s only that a few people are too dumb to realize it.

Timothy Kincaid

July 19th, 2011


Yeah. And it isn’t even those who are homophobic. Some people not only support our rights and equality but genuinely hold no animus or think us inferior, but will still laugh at a fag joke. Even some gay people engage in humor that is based in some pretty nasty stereotypes.

Let’s hope that in time this will change… and to some extent it has. Ten or fifteen years ago, no one would have walked out of a Tracy Morgan concert for vile “jokes” and certainly he wouldn’t have been called out by his community.


July 19th, 2011

I’m certain Himmler used to laugh at a good Kike joke.

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