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)

-- Says of marriage equality: "[W]hat we know is it goes against the law of nature, and the law of nature’s God, which means, again, it’s against the Constitution."

-- Praised Russian president Vladimir Putin for his country's draconian ban on "homosexual propaganda"

-- 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)

-- Claims gay activists push back against him because of Satan: “The opposition is always going to throw stones, and that’s they’re way of discouraging”...“I mean, Satan’s ways are not new under the sun, he wants to discourage, he wants to disappoint."


Commentator Accountability Project (CAP)

Candi Cushman

-- Focus on the Family's Education Analyst

-- Head of organization's “Day of Dialogue" and "True Tolerance" projects



Bryan Fischer

-- Former Director of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association (AFA), which the Southern Poverty Law Center listed as an anti-gay hate group  in 2010. Was fired from his position in January 2015 for his extreme statements. 



Maggie Gallagher

-- Founder and former president and board president of the National Organization for Marriage

-- President of the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy

-- Currently affiliated with the American Principles Project



Peter LaBarbera

-- President of Americans for Truth About Homosexuality (AFTAH), which the Southern Poverty Law Center named a Hate Group.

-- Longtime activist; at various points, has worked for Illinois Family Institute, Concerned Women for America, and Family Research Council



Scott Lively

-- Former state director for the California branch of American Family Association, which Southern Poverty Law Center named a Hate Group; formed anti-gay Watchmen on the Walls group based in Latvia.

-- Author of  The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party, which purports that the "Nazi Party was entirely controlled by militaristic male homosexuals throughout its short history."



Keith Ablow

-- Psychiatrist and FOX News contributor

-- Resigned from the American Psychiatric Association because of LGBT support