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Iowa Robocall Asks Voters to Think About Which “Homosexual Sex Acts” They Prefer

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By HVpolitics on November 8, 2011

There’s a special election in Iowa between Democratic State Senate candidate Liz Mathis and Republican Cindy Golding. Since it’s a state election in Iowa, the race has gained little attention outside the Hawkeye region. But thanks to an absurd robocall, the race is beginning to gain a bit of notoriety.

On Monday night, calls went out to voters on the election’s eve that said: “Homosexual marriage obviously involves homosexual sex. So, before you support Liz Mathis, call her (at phone #) … and ask her which homosexual sex acts she endorses.”

A group called “Citizens for Honesty and Sound Marriage in Iowa” (catchy!) claimed responsibility for the call, but because there’s no information about them, many people believe it’s just a front.

The calls were essentially untraceable, and according to KGAN, all of the likely groups responsible — the Golding campaign, Iowa’s anti-gay group The Family Leader, and the National Organization for Marriage — all denied responsibility for the robocall.

“I was shocked, I was dismayed, and I think it’s one of the worst phone calls I have ever received,” said Andrea Jilovec.

It’s too bad Mathis has largely ignored the controversy. Sure, she released a statement saying she was proud of running an issues-oriented campaign. But that’s boring.

She should’ve put out a press release listing the foul-mouthed sex acts she approves of: “Liz Mathis endorses the Rusty Trombone, the Dirty Sanchez, teabagging, donkey punches, the Houdini, blumpkins, and felching. But nothing too gross, like kissing or eye contact.”

The robocall isn’t an out-of-context smear. At stake in this election is the possibility of overturning Iowa’s same-sex marriage equality. Iowa Democrats currently control the Senate, and they have vowed as long as they do, a vote will never be taken to overturn the law. But they only hold a 25-24 advantage.

Golding has told the media she believes Iowa voters should have a say in the law, but she does admit Iowa hasn’t changed all that much. In that context, the robocall makes perfect sense to scare a segment in the population into voting for Golding.

In response to the controversy, NOM President Brian Brown said:

“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. 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…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.”

You’ve got to admit that’s a pretty skilled reversal, with the argument being that the call is so ridiculous and offensive it could only be a ploy against Golding.

Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of Family Leader, author of that scary 14-point pledge that rocked the early stages of the GOP primary, and lover of “fag” jokes, said:

“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. 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.”

The robocall didn’t seem to have much effect on the voting. Mathis received 56 percent of the vote, ensuring that Democrats maintain a 26-24 advantage throughout the 2012 session.

(via Towleroad)

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