National Organization for Marriage and Family Leader Decry Dirty Tricks in Iowa's SD 18 Race


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Groups call for Criminal Investigation of Vile Calls Claiming to be From Marriage Supporters

Des Moines, IA — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and the Family Leader today decried bogus calls to voters in the 18th Senate District special election from a fake marriage organization and called on the Attorney General to launch an investigation into their source.

"Yesterday a phony group claiming to support marriage launched robo calls that were so offensive they clearly were designed to turn voters away from Cindy Golding because she supports marriage between one man and one woman," said Brian Brown, president of NOM. "Neither NOM nor Family Leader had anything to do with these calls and we decry them. We call on the Attorney General to launch an investigation into this dirty trick to determine who is behind the calls, which are designed to steal the election from Ms. Golding."

According to news reports, the calls came from a group calling itself "Citizens for Honesty and Sound Marriage in Iowa" and speak to voters about homosexual sex.

"NOM and the Family Leader have been out front advocates for Cindy Golding’s election for weeks, because she will help ensure that the voters of Iowa have the opportunity to vote on the definition of marriage in our state," said Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of Family Leader. "Our involvement in the race is well known and well documented. We would never use some phony group to deliver messages that are not only vile, they are bound to backfire."

Continued Brown: "This is a dirty trick that is being played on Ms. Golding, NOM, Family Leader and all legitimate supporters of traditional marriage. We demand that the Attorney General find out who is trying to steal this election by the use of dirty tricks like this."



  1. blackjack00801
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    Karma's a bitch, isn't it?

  2. Barb Chamberlan
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 2:37 pm | Permalink

    While I understand that dishonesty is the only thing the opposition has going for it, I do hope the people responsible for this reprehensible behavior are tracked down and prosecuted.

  3. jamie Ward
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    Laughing so hard! AWESOME!

  4. Randy E King
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    Based on the replies from marriage corruption supporters on this blog the obvious difference between traditionalists and marriage corruption supporters corruption supporters are Scoundrels whereas traditionalists are virtuous.


    a dishonorable or unprincipled person


    having or showing moral goodness or righteousness

  5. Marty
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    What do these calls say?

  6. Rob
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    NOM is hardly in a position to denounce lying. It pioneered the tactic in California, and tweaked it in Maine.

  7. Rover Serton
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Pot meet Kettle.

    Gambling in Casablanca/Lying re: marriage. I'm Shocked, Shocked I say.

  8. blackjack00801
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Much as it pains me to say it, NOM, you own this one. Even if you're telling the truth about your non-involvement in this matter (and it would be a stretch for me to think so, after those photos of Obama campaigns on the NH website), y'all are the ones who chose to make this election about the denial of marriage equality. So whose fault is it if some whackjob chose to take it to the next level. As 43 said, "Heckuva job."

  9. P. Edward Murray
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Mr Blackjack,

    Defying the will of the people in an election IS a Mortal Sin Secularly!

    Not only that but it is also a Treasonable offense and one of these days it will come back to bite big time!

  10. P. Edward Murray
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    Karma is a bitch?


    Truth be told, in an election there is a winner and a loser.

    If you lose you were not able to convince your neighbors to vote for you.

    Which is exactly what happened all across California twice!

    And if you cry "foul" to a judge, just because you were not able to convince enough folks to vote for you or for your cause, then you just look like a "Sore Loser" and you lose even more credibility.

  11. Little man
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    Not sure what legal standing NOM has in Iowa to make legal demands, but people need to be aware that calls to their home are regulated by State and Federal laws. It used to be salesmen could just call anyone repeatedly, and the government stepped in to protect people's privacy. Per an election, it is even more important. It should make the victims outraged at the tactics, and would vote accordingly. These tricky calls might be helpful to Golding when disclosed. Election is today!

  12. M. Jones
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    Nothing wrong with crying woe is me to an honest judge. Traditional marriage is a time tested constitutional truth. Sometimes ya just gots to hear it from the judge too.

  13. C Warren
    Posted November 8, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    It is truly sad that so many people live such pathetic lives that they have nothing better to do than go on facebook pages, of people who abhor what they stand for, and post, what they no doubt consider thoughts; though in actuality they are only vacuous drivel, as if someone would be interested; which could stem from their delusion.

  14. Posted November 8, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

    It is clear that the will of God and the good Christian people of Iowa have spoken tonight.

    Both God and the people rejected bigotry and fascism by voting for Liz Mathis for Iowa Senate District 18. That's correct, if God wanted to protect the flim flam fallacy of this so-called Tradition Marriage, God herself would of helped out but she didn't. Instead the good Christians voters have spoken and they want Marriage Equality to co-exist with Tradition Marriage which is the current law of the land in Iowa.

    Get a clue NOM, the tide is turning and God is listening and she will judge all those who hate, kill, and vile her love.

    Praise Jesus!

  15. blackjack00801
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    Yes, Little man, the election was today, and Liz Mathis won with 56 percent of the vote, a bigger margin than the anti-marriage equality bigots won with in California and Maine. I'm sure, NOM, that you will find a way to spin this so that it doesn't affect your perfect 31-state record. The fact remains, however, that Iowans had a chance to vote somebody in who would help turn the clock back on marriage equality in Iowa, and they failed to do so.

  16. Little man
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    I don't live in Iowa. It is up to them. I'm just looking in. We each have work to do in our respective State. Regaining political power takes a long time, specially in trying to defeat a TV anchor-woman. So the Iowa Senate will detain certain bills for longer. Good job, anyway, NOM. Proud of you.

  17. Little man
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 2:05 am | Permalink

    For a $25K a year salary position? Golding was fortunately spared 🙂 Let Iowans get some more taste of the Democrat Senate majority. When a Senate majority keeps bills from going to the Senate floor, the Republican majority in the House can do the same.

  18. Louis E.
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 3:53 am | Permalink

    Chris Sable,one can not have both "Marriage Equality" and "Traditional Marriage"...if things violently hostile to traditional marriage are legally "equal" to it,the traditional meaning of "marriage" has been destroyed.
    No requirement for marriage can possibly be more important than the requirement that the partners be of opposite sexes,and where you lose that you lose the entire purpose of the institution.

  19. Matt
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 5:20 am | Permalink

    C'mon, the Dem beat the Republican by 12%. You lost. Your only response to that loss is to engage in histrionics about a robocall that was, in fact, antigay? (The robocall asked people to ask the Dem which gay sex acts she endorses.) That call could equally have turned off voters for the Dem. In any event, upsetting robocalls are epidemic in elections and for you to blame your failure on them is weak. It's all galling considering your unrighteous and yes, dirty, tactics in elections across this country. I guess you'll have to dedicate your resources to threatening NY senators ("You're next!") and using court tactics to hide your funding sources in Maine, Minnesota, Washington, and elsewhere.

  20. Little man
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

    So, Matt, we got to you; and now you are guessing. Hey, someone has to lose in an election. But it's just a battle.

  21. John B.
    Posted November 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

    So were these robocalls actually saying anything that the opponents of same-sex marriage haven't already said, over and over?

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