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Bob Vander Plaats Says It’s Safe for Straights to Inhale Next to Gay People

Bob Vander Plaats, head of the Iowa Family Leader, which is just about what you’d expect from its name, has good news for all the heterosexuals out there. Being gay is a health threat, but it’s not the same as second-hand smoke. As you may recall, Vander Plaats is the man behind the stop-gay-marriage pledge that all the GOP candidates rushed to endorse (except for Mitt Romney, who is apparently still trying to figure out how to have it both ways so that he can eventually reverse himself on yet another issue).

In a Q&A with Time, Vander Plaats was asked for the evidence for his past statement that being gay was a public health risk. “You’re talking about how it was compared to second-hand smoking?” Vander Plaats asked. “It was never this organization’s intent to say that if Bob is gay and Alex is not, Bob is going to be a health risk to Alex.”

Not the intent, perhaps, but definitely the effect.

Having established his credentials as a public health officer, Vander Plaats then goes on to suggest that gayness is connected to the national debt because…well, we’re not really sure why. Maybe all that stuff we bought at Barney’s was charged to the U.S. Government by mistake. Unfortunately, it’s not the first time we’ve heard that argument and given the way the GOP campaign is going, probably not the last.

So what’s the scariest part of the Q&A with Vander Plaats? The headline: “Bob Vander Plaats, Iowa’s Social Conservative Kingmaker.” Given the role that Iowa plays in the GOP campaign calendar, Vander Plaats will have an outsized say in who gets a boost to the nomination. As the Iowa caucuses draw nearer, expect a lot of ring-kissing (and kissing elsewhere) from the candidates.

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By:           John Gallagher
On:           Sep 29, 2011
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  • 4 Comments
    • Wies
      Wies

      dear idiot, welcome on planet earth! beware of verbal lynching! :D

      Sep 29, 2011 at 7:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Curtis
      Curtis

      Mitt Romney wasn’t the only GOP candidate not to sign the pledge. Ron Paul also didn’t sign it. But, going by all the snarky ass comments you and your staff have made about Dr. Paul in the past, I’m not surprised you left him out. Do you secretly work for Fox News? Is this blog owned by Rupert Murdoch?

      Sep 29, 2011 at 11:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael in San Jose
      Michael in San Jose

      The question should be is It Safe for Us to Inhale Next to hate mongers who’s sole purpose in life is to stir up hate and discontent. Doesn’t sound like the teaching of Jesus to me seems more in line with the evil one. Go figure!

      Sep 30, 2011 at 1:46 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • TMikel
      TMikel

      Vander Plaats is a disgrace to the fine state of Iowa and does NOT speak for the majority of Iowans. The man is a benighted troglodyte and misogynist. One wonders what scared his mommy when she was pregnant to have his see so many boogey men all around him. Or was there a scount counselor or coach who took a “special interest” in little Bobby to make him turn out so hateful?

      Sep 30, 2011 at 9:18 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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