DES MOINES — The west steps of the state Capitol saw around 400 conservative activists Tuesday, mostly dressed in red, criticizing gay rights supporters and calling on the Iowa Senate to pass HJR 6, which would set the stage for Iowans to vote on a constitutional ban of same-sex marriages.
The “Let Us Vote” rally was organized and promoted by The Family Leader, a conservative organization led by former Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats. Speakers included Rev. Keith Ratliff, a Des Moines Baptist minister, and Pastor Cary Gordon, the Sioux City pastor who drew controversy for violating his church’s nonprofit tax status by promoting the ousting of the Iowa Supreme Court justices.
Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore spoke as well, who once wrote in a high court opinion that homosexuality is “detestable and an abominable sin.”