On a bitterly cold day, then-Republican hopeful Michele Bachmann (that’s one l and two n’s) visited Hamburg Inn No. 2 in the liberal confines of Iowa City.
The Minnesota congresswoman, a hard-nosed social conservative who opposes gay marriage and just about everything else the majority in Iowa City hold dear, was met by a hostile crowd and, wait for it, a gay robot.
The self-proclaimed “robo-prof” was miffed about Bachmann’s stance on gay marriage and because, he said, she’s a “robo-phobe.” The robot was just one piece of an electric afternoon in which Bachmann also met Occupy Iowa.
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‘I got a hug from someone in PFLAG,’ [Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays] Hames says, tears welling up in her eyes. “A hug from someone else’s mom.”
If you hear on the news tonight about a one-person derailment on the R Train line, this Dispatch, about a mom who lost custody of her kids, her church, and her own relationship with her mother after she announced her lesbianism, is the reason. It trainwrecked me to a stupid degree.
The quote was like a standard River Kwai maneuver, and her retelling of her son’s response (“My son said, ‘Mom, this doesn’t change anything.’ That was the most Christ-like response there is,”) was like another locomotive following right behind it.
It is ridiculous that my future is in question because of how other people feel about it. They don’t know me.
Andrea La Ronde, an Iowan who wants to marry her fiancee, but fears Iowa Republicans will push a constitutional ban on same sex marraige.
Her partner says that after worrying about the cloud hanging over them, they both got to “a point where we just didn’t care anymore. If us being happy screws up your marriage that is your problem.”