Former Iowa House speaker, and current First District congressional candidate, Pat Murphy says the Iowa Supreme Court feared a violent reaction from conservatives in response to the decision that brought gay marriage to Iowa. Last week, Murphy told a liberal activist group that the court feared “the far right”, so they asked for extra security prior to the announcement of their 2009 decision in the Varnum v. Brien case.
Rep. Murphy (D-Dubuque) claims he and Iowa Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal discovered the day prior to the decision that the Iowa courts had asked for extra state trooper protection. The two Democrats concluded that the request meant the Iowa Supreme Court would rule in favor of gay marriage.
“I said, ‘Well, Mike, I don’t think they’re expecting a bunch of gays and lesbians to be storming because they didn’t get their Supreme Court ruling.’ I said, ‘I think it’ll be the far right,’” Murphy recalled.
Murphy’s claim came at the same time liberal activists in Texas were planning to throw jars of urine, feces, paint and feminine hygiene products at legislators, in order to disrupt the state’s plan to ban late term abortions. Those items were confiscated by Texas Department of Public Safety.
Liberals have also repeatedly made death threats against George Zimmerman and the Florida jury that acquitted him over the weekend in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
Pat Murphy relayed the tale to 20 liberal activists attending an event in Waterloo organized by the Iowa chapter of Americans for Democratic Action. The group plans to hold several candidate forums in the lead up to the June 2014 primaries.
During the 50-minute forum, Murphy boasted about Democrats’ efforts to block votes on the gay marriage issue in Iowa and told the group that he would work to overturn the same sex marriage bans in 36 other states.
The congressional candidate also expressed support for numerous liberal causes, including an increase in the minimum wage to at least $10 per hour, increasing taxes on those who make more than $100,000, and restricting gun rights.
Rep. Murphy is one of three Democrats who have announced plans to run for the First Congressional District seat. Another Democrat state representative, Anesa Kajtazovic of Waterloo, and Cedar Rapids City Councilwoman Monica Vernon have also entered the race. The seat is currently held by Bruce Braley, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2014.
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