Culver on LGBT
By Christina Butts, from Yahoo's Democracy for Iowa
Culver has been saying he doesn't want to look like he waffles and look weak in the face of the Nussle attack dogs on this subject. Culver can easily avoid 'flipflop' labeling on the LGBT same-sex marriage issue by publicly saying in a press release:
“I strongly support equality and civil rights legally across the board for all Iowans – minorities including the LGBT community – and believe in making sure same-sex couples and family rights are secure and protected in Iowa. But I will not retract my statements about civil unions or marriage. “
As someone tasked to try to politically organize through the IDP the LGBT community, my mission has become more difficult in getting the marginal and independant LGBT voter out to vote or interested in registering when looking at his history of public statements and refusal to publicly address his most recent anti-same sex couple statements.
Saying it's Nussle's(the devil) so vote for the Culver(deep blue sea) is not a positive nor affirming campaign message to promote or advocate to potential voters. What happened to his vaunted following in his dad's civil rights footsteps?
At least, the message for the need to win BOTH Iowa houses in the legislature to actually get PRO-LGBT legislation passed exists as a Positive talking point for swaying voters. There is also the fact, the IDP Platform overwhelmingly passed during the State Convention with the Civil Rights plank with LGBT equality and civil rights firmly stated within it, as one of the TOP THREE GOALS for the party to promote these next 2 years.
Christina Butts – IDP Central Committee LGBT Caucus Secretary
Polk County Central Committee Pre. 57 rep – Affirmative Action Committee
IDP Platform Government and Law Subcommittee Co-Chair