October 5th, 2007
03:55 PM ET
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Tancredo calls for federal marriage amendment

Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colorado, held a press conference on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol Friday.

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Tom Tancredo said Friday that if he were an Iowa resident, he'd sign a petition calling for the impeachment of Polk County District Judge Robert Hanson.

Hanson overturned Iowa's state ban on same-sex marriages in August. Hanson has since issued a stay on his ruling.

At a press conference on the steps of the Iowa State Capitol, Tancredo, a Republican congressman from Colorado, denounced Hanson, calling him an "activist judge."

"I believe Judge Hanson is flat wrong to say the state of Iowa, through its legislature, has no legitimate interest in the regulation of the institution of marriage," Tancredo said. "You might as well say the state has no legitimate interest in regulating the validity of commercial contracts or prohibiting prostitution or public execution."

"If a community cannot limit marriage to a man and a woman, how can it stop two men and a woman or three women and two men from declaring a communal marriage?" Tancredo continued. "If a child is just as well off with two mommies instead of a mother and a father, why is it not even better off with four momies or three daddies?"

He said the solution to the problem of activist judges in regard to this issue is a federal ban on gay marriage.

"If the Constitution needs to be changed, and in this case it apparently may need to be as a result of the actions taken by this judge, then there's a way to do it: it's an amendment process, and that's what I propose."

-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch

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soundoff (61 Responses)
  1. Pete, Dallas, TX

    Sounds like more of the rantings of the would be US Talliban. Pay close attention voters, this right wing in the US is every bit as big a threat as the "real" Talliban.

    October 5, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  2. Jeremy, Columbus OH

    Oh brother here we go again, Is the GOP going to have their platform again be about God, Gays, and Guns for '08???? Hey GOP wake up and talk about "Real" issues in this country for once.

    October 5, 2007 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. Enraged, SLC, UT

    How sickening it is that we have to constantly witness conservative bigotry in this century.

    Excuse me, Tom, maybe you would prefer to go back to The Dark Ages, but intelligent people who have tossed aside that book of Bronze Age fairy tales would rather not.

    Keep your delusional hands off of the Constitution!

    October 5, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    What a hate-monger!

    Don't these homophobes realize how wrong it is to not have equal rights for ALL Americans? These are not people choosing to be homosexual. Science (and the homosexuals of the world) tell us this is the way they were born. It's all about education, and we could use less hate and ignorance in the world, especially in this country.

    What business is it of anyone's if two people that love each other want to get married? It's not like marriage is very sacred in this country between a man and a woman anyway considering the divorce rate.

    Dennis Kucinich & Mike Gravel are the only candidates that believe in equal rights for all Americans. The rest are ignorant, and I'd hate to have another ignorant president.

    October 5, 2007 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  5. Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    This guy at least doesn't try to hide his fascism.

    He isn't all things to all people like the frauds Rudy Guiliani and Mitt Romney.

    Tom Tancredo and Duncan Hunter are the real face of the modern republican party.

    October 5, 2007 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  6. Terry, IA

    I am happy at least Tom Tancredo came up with common sense on this important issue. Keep it up.This is the way to defend our family values. These are the issues, we have to pay attention so that our children and grand-children can enjoy family atmosphere. We will dump these judges like Judge Hanson....

    October 5, 2007 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  7. Common Sense

    What about Animal-Human marriages too?!

    Oh oh! lets not forget Redneck-Alien marriages!!!

    But what if I want to marry my '57 Chevy? I NEED that one to go through.

    If I cannot marry my '57 Chevy, I swear the fabric of society will not hold! What will people do if they CANT marry their favorite automobile?


    Point in fact, if 54.8% of all marriages in the United States didn't end in divorce nowadays, marriage might be worth protecting. Scratch that, protecting from what? Gays? Bastardizing a sacred Christian ritual? GIMME A BREAK. Go Divorce yourself from the idea that gays, and lesbians, and aliens and rednecks and '57 Chevy's are dangerous to society. They deserve the same damn tax breaks as the rest of us (0% for people making under 6 million dollars/year) and let them get married. Quit with the hipocirsy washington. One would think a Colorado politician would be a little more loose about this subject, but alas! He's republican! Tell Craig I say hello! and I'll be in the 3rd stall around 6:15

    October 5, 2007 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  8. Sybil

    Oh great. Now the Republicans want to change the constitution. I have never in my life seen such disorderly thinking!

    October 5, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  9. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    As a Coloradan, I wish to say that Tancredo just plain embarrasses me. He doesn't even have enough votes to be taken seriously. And as far as gay rights goes...I say let gays marry and may lord have mercy upon Senator Craig's soul.

    October 5, 2007 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  10. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    The best thing you can do for your children and grandchildren is to teach them tolerance and how wrong hating someone because they're different from you is. Hopefully their generations will be the ones to bring this country into the 21st Century and give rights to all Americans. It really is embarrassing to read comments like yours knowing they came from a fellow American.

    Can't you see the hate you are forcing upon the world with your ignorance?

    I am sure if you have more than a few kids or grandkids, chances are one of them is homosexual, but luckily for you, they will know they won't be able to talk to you about this, and you will have convinced them they they are sinners and maybe they'll commit suicide like so many gay teenagers do. How will that make you feel?

    Please educate yourself and prevent tragedies like these.

    October 5, 2007 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  11. JB Boston MA

    He is right on one issue!

    No, I am not saying that gays shouldn't have the right to marry, quite the contrary. Personally I would vote for gay marriage. But this is not how it should be done.

    Judges should not be able to pass laws, period. That is why there is a judicial system and a legislative system. If you want it, get it on the ballot or pass a bill.

    In Mass, same thing. Judges don't make laws!!!

    October 5, 2007 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Kate, Aurora CO

    Bradley in Greeley CO: I'm with you. This guy is an embarrassment. And for those of you afraid that gay marriage will harm your children or destroy American family values, you can't catch "gayness". A person is born gay and every person born in this country is supposed to have equal rights. You are worried about preserving marriage? well, your straight counterparts aren't doing such a good job of that. I know many gay couples that have been together longer than straight couples I know. With a never ending war, increasing poverty, outbreaks of once dormant ailments (autism), failing schools, overcrowded prisons, etc etc, you are worried about two adults making a decision to spend the rest of their lives together. Wow. Way to have your priorities straight.

    October 5, 2007 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  13. dark side of the funny farm

    Terry from Iowa, what about people that DONT WANT KIDS?

    You are an ignorat fool sir. Step away from the microphone and silence yourself forever for all our sake.

    October 5, 2007 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. Steve, Portland, OR

    Gee I would think if it's that important the voters and not the legislators should have been the ones to amend this law in Iowa. What is a Colorado legislator speaking out for other than attention to himself? How about we all have to have civil unions for legal purposes just like lots of other countries where marriage is a matter of faith and family not based in state laws. The marriage then could be left up to the couple, their family and their religious affiliation. Then we would actually have seperation of church and state as it is supposed to be.Too much for the conservatives in the GOP I suspect. Bunch of hypocrites.

    October 5, 2007 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  15. Sean Boyd, Seattle WA

    Tancredo is a clown. End of story.

    October 5, 2007 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  16. Brad, Cincinnati OH

    Judge Hanson did not "pass a law." He overturned one. Courts do that all the time. Don't make this about so called "activist judges". This is about state-sponsored intolerance and bigotry. I love Tancredo's analogy that this is like saying the state can't regulate commercial contracts. A marriage is a contract the confers certain benefits from the government (like tax breaks). This "sanctity of marriage" argument would be laughable were it not so ignorant and driven by irrational fear and illogical reasoning. If marriage is so sacred, why do the majority of them fail? How many members of congress have been divorced? Instead of saying who can't get married, how about saying who can't get divorced? Force people to stay married if it's so important to the fabric of our society. It's criminal that this congressman could think that with health care, education, the economy, the enviroment, and the debacle in Iraq, the most important thing he should talk about now is who can marry who.

    October 5, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  17. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    AMEN to Kate, Aurora CO!

    Thank you (& the other educated posters) for restoring my faith in Americans!

    You all give me hope!

    October 5, 2007 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. Ryan Nashville, TN

    In response to the comment that judges should not be allowed to make laws: it is the judiciary branches responsibility to rule against laws if they are unconstitutional. It is called checks and balances. And this is an issue that will eventually be decided by the Supreme Court and judges have to strike laws down in mutiple districts before it will go that far.

    Amendments to the constitution should grant rights, not prohibit things. And let's face the facts that a state in which the legislature would ban same-sex marriage wouldn't grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples so an amendment is completely pointless except for politicians who are pandering to the right-wing for votes.

    October 5, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. God@Paradise.com

    A Man shall leave his Mother and Father and cling unto his Wife.
    A Man shall not lay with another Man as with a Women.

    For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that who so ever believeth in him shall not perish but have ever lasting life.
    I am the way the truth and the light, no Man cometh unto the Father but by Me.

    October 5, 2007 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  20. Rodney Dallas TX

    And this is why there is no chance in hell this man will ever be elected into the White House.

    October 5, 2007 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  21. Matt Jennings, Cartersville, Georgia

    We've already established that Tancredo is a xenophobe, now he's adding "homophobe" to his list. Hey, Tom, care to add "racist," "anti-semite," and "misogynist," too?

    October 5, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  22. David, Gilbert Arizona

    I must say I chuckle everytime a conservative starts to rant against "activist" judges.

    Throughout history judges have made decisions regarding the civil rights of citizens in the United States. Without activist judges we would not have the Miranda rights. Without activist judges seperate but equal would still be the law of the land in some states. Without activist judges people of different ethnic backgrounds would not be able to marry in some states. There are many decisions judges have made in our history that have gone against the "will of the people" and our nation is better off for it.

    When a judge makes a decision the conservatives like that judge is a gift from God. When the judge makes a decision the conservatives don't like the judge is labeled and activist and rants of impeachment abound. It is to the point when conservatives are making themselves an object of laughter and ridicule.

    The reality of Mr. Tancredo's request for a constitutional ammendment is that it will never happen. There are not enough state votes to pass this type of ammendment and Tancredo knows it. By standing on the steps of the state capital and screaming about a contraversial issue Tancredo gets free press he would not otherwise have received.

    Tancredo is just pandering to the conservatives for votes.

    October 5, 2007 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  23. Allen, Beckley, WV

    Thank God for someone proposing an amendment like this. Just because someone has an uncontrollable perverted sexual lust it doesn't mean it's alright. According to the "born that way" argument someone could say that it's wrong to condemn pedophilia also. The "born that way" argument doesn't account for the homosexuals that choose to leave that lifestyle either and start normal heterosexual relationships.

    October 5, 2007 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  24. Letha, Sioux Falls, SD

    Tom Tancredo is an idiot and he's talking about Iowa and forcing God down our throats. Hey, Tom, its not contagious. Get him out of that state they have enough Idiots Out Wandering Again and he's to close to my house.

    October 5, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  25. Henry Tucker, Ga

    WHEN oh WHEN will everyone realize Gay Marriage is not EQUAL rights.. it's NEW rights!

    A straight man can not marry another man.

    A Gay man CAN marry any woman he wishes.

    The SAME law applies to both straight and gay people in America. What is being demanded is the right to marry someone of the same-sex (new right) and have it recognized by the Federal/State Governments.

    My only hope is... IF gay marriage is forced on this country, Polygamy, Incestuous Marriage, etc be supported by these same people. What's the difference??

    October 5, 2007 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
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