Bob Vander Plaats
-- President, The Family Leader
-- Received national and local condemnation over “Marriage Vow” for 2012 presidential candidates, which included language: suggesting that children were better off under slavery than they are today (later removed); likening being gay to polygamy, adultery, and polyandry; attacking gay people as a public health risk; saying being gay is a choice; and banning all pornography.
-- Calls gay people a “public health risk” akin to smoking. (0:20-1:17)
-- A vocal supporter of the “birther” fringe movement, which claims President Obama was born in Kenya. Praised Donald Trump for his “birther” investigation
-- Equated opinion that legalized marriage equality in Iowa to Dred Scott opinion that treated Blacks as property
-- Vander Plaats erupted into laughter at a derogatory anti-gay joke, saying “that’s pretty good.” (0:42)
-- Attempted to link being gay to the national debt: “When you start going away from core value issues, the ripple effect leads right to economic issues.”
-- Called on the governor of Iowa to not attend an anti-bullying conference: "Our goal at The FAMiLY LEADER is to speak the truth in love. Ironically, the upcoming 7th Annual Iowa Governor's Conference on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) Youth is exchanging truth for acceptance and tolerance of harmful behavior. As parents, we love our children so much that we do not accept or tolerate his/her desire to play dodge ball in a busy street. If we did, that tolerance could result in serious injury or worse. In like manner, this is how I view the conference."
-- Claims: “That lifestyle [homosexuality] is outside of God’s design for the family.” (0:23-0:28)