Ten years ago Representative Steve King (R-IA) said that he would use his congressional seat to "move the political center of gravity in Congress to the right." And he has spent his time in Washington trying to do just that in a manner that we, at One Iowa, find both offensive and out of touch.
It is not often that we respond to Rep. King. At One Iowa -- the state's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization -- we have more important things to do as we work for fairness, equality and basic Iowa values. But this merits a response.
Last year, while we celebrated the end of the discriminatory policy known as Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Rep. King chose to ignore research, data, and first-hand accounts from countless military service members and veterans, and defended the policy saying "'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' has turned out to be an effective policy that has helped to preserve military readiness, and it should not be repealed." King even proposed a version of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in the workplace for LGBT employees who felt targeted or harassed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Instead of working to end this discrimination, he told them to effectively stay in the closet. Instead of fighting for Iowa workers, he continued his legacy of discrimination.