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. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Tancredo states the case for good moral values. Those that oppose Tancredo's views are the very people that extremists like Ahmadinejad and the Islamofascists are gunning for as they hold up the 'deteriorating' American moral culture to people as justification for their 'JIHAD'. The more the liberals are successful, the more America has to 'fear' from Muslim extremists as many in all parts of the world are finding out on a personal basis.

    October 5, 2007 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  2. Bill, Portsmouth NH

    In America today many people fear the choices other Americans make about how to live their lives. I just don't understand this thinking. I believe it comes from the absolutes that all religions forces on their followers.

    Let's face it. Living by rules made by people living 2000 years ago is a failed policy. If the Middle East isn't proof of that I don't know what is.

    If my neighbor decides to enter into a gay marriage, should my family be afraid of that? How is that possibly weakening the strength and "Sanctity" of my marriage?

    I was taught that America was founded by people looking for freedom of choice. Where will we have to go next for that freedom? The moon?

    My message to Tom Tancredo and the rest of his "live my way or go to jail" crowd is simple. Go run a religion and stay out of my government.

    October 5, 2007 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  3. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Tancredo and the people he panders to are too dumb to understand that a judge can rationally rule that the Equal Protection clause of a state constitution requires equal rights to civil unions. The New Jersey Supreme Court did so and is one of the smarter benches in the nation.

    October 5, 2007 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  4. Concerned Citizen of MA

    What are you talking about, Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA? Where did you get these statistics? Mind sharing that source with us?

    The situation in Massachusetts is quite the opposite now that gay marriges are legal. We (the majority) are being silenced now by gay advocates groups with their hate speeches and protests – they are the ones that hate straight people.

    October 5, 2007 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  5. Paul, New Orleans, LA

    While I don't agree with the federal govt wasting time on such a proposal. Why would gays want to get married in a church when the religion has persecuted them throughout time? Can someone answer that? Does it really matter if a priest tells you that are man and man or wife and wife. Who cares? All that should matter is that you love the other persion not some religion to tell you that!

    October 5, 2007 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  6. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    Remember when Jefferson wrote "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."

    or remember when Jesus said "He without sin cast the first stone."

    or remember when Moses wrote that commandment banning gay marriage? Oh yeah its not one of the commandments!!!!

    In response to the below:

    While I don't agree with the federal govt wasting time on such a proposal. Why would gays want to get married in a church when the religion has persecuted them throughout time? Can someone answer that? Does it really matter if a priest tells you that are man and man or wife and wife. Who cares? All that should matter is that you love the other persion not some religion to tell you that!
    Posted By Paul, New Orleans, LA : October 5, 2007 6:44 pm

    The issue is getting married and having the government recognize it NOT where is happens (i.e. gays to be treated the same as straight couples and not be sent to the back of the bus)

    October 5, 2007 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  7. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    Concerned Citizen of MA:

    I don't remember quoting any statistics. You mean the fact that many gay teenagers sadly commit suicide most likely due to not having parents that they felt would accept them unconditionally?

    I've never met a gay person that hates straight people. This would mean that they hate their family and likely some friends, so I don't know if there's too many of them out there.

    October 5, 2007 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  8. Concerned Father, Columbus OH

    It's nice to see the number of educated individuals on this post than those of the non-educated sector of society. When are people running for a political office going to stop bashing certain groups in this country? It's appalling to those not only in the gay community but those who teach their children love and tolerance to those who are different even though we are all the same in God's eyes. I'm absolutely tired of it and anyone who brings up hatred towards another group of individuals will not under any circumstances get my vote, I'M SICK OF IT! Fix my healthcare costs, educational system, our reputation in this world, broken borders, and so many more issues which need addressed.

    October 5, 2007 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  9. Alice Newman Center Harbor NH

    a shout out to Terry, IA –

    This is an important issue? Only to about 10% of the population who has the time to dictate so-called moral values to the rest of us.

    There are so many more pressing issues, poverty, health care, caring for our elderly, war and the veterans who return ... all the things "good Christians" should be concerned with.

    If you want your family values, then raise your children and grandchildren to have them. Teaching love instead of intolerance and hate would be a good start. Love thy neighbor as thyself. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

    October 5, 2007 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  10. Libertarian, Easton Ct

    And this from a party that can't even figure our how to eliminate the marriage tax penalty. Gays are much better off getting a civil union and forgetting about marriage where the IRS will punish them in the tax code. My wife and I are thinking about getting a divorce to avoid this tax.

    October 5, 2007 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  11. Loyda DC


    October 5, 2007 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  12. Chris, Middletown, CT

    The wings (or fringe) or either party do not represent the majority of voters....the right wing does not represent me...(I'm a Republican) and the left/socialist side doesn't represent most Democrats...I think we need the only moderate running....a social liberal...and fiscal conservative....Giuliani....Dems..you know you are running all left (and a socialist) – and Republicans....you know you are running the religious minority on the right (except Giuliani) – he represents 60% of us...Democrats...Republicans...and Independents...he is the right person for the job...

    October 5, 2007 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  13. Amy L. Miami, Fl

    Anyone else noticed a pattern? The louder and more obnoxious a Repugnican cries "down with gays! Down with gays!"-the more men they are hooking up with in bathrooms?

    I value my gay family members, and they should every right to be as miserable as my straight married family members!

    October 5, 2007 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  14. Pragmatic Thought, Phoenix, AZ

    Tom Tancredo and Larry Craig – cut from the same cloth? Think about it.

    October 5, 2007 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  15. Josh, Branson Mo

    Some of these republicans like Tancredo scare me. They would like nothing more than to turn our American Democracy into a theocracy. What scares me more than him spouting his ignorance are those who would follow him, or others like him, to the complete destruction of our democracy.

    October 6, 2007 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  16. J Houston, TX

    Homosexual couples CAN'T have children. They don't need federal recognition of marriage and the tax breaks married couples recieve. Homosexuality is fine, do whatever you want, but the government doesn't have to endorse your personal decisions. The government should stay the hell out of all our private lives.

    October 6, 2007 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  17. Mrs. America

    These zealots should read a little bit. Nothing in the Bible about marriage. Somebody made that up later and it hasn't worked out very well, considering the divorce rate. Well, let him blab on. He must make sense to some people.

    October 6, 2007 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  18. Paul C., Palmetto Bay, FL

    The Republican mindset is scary.
    They are fixated on gays and stem cells all the while they are bankrupting the country with a growing $9 trillion debt and fighting a senseless and illegal war.
    They criticize the Muslims for trambling on the rights of women and our lawmakers are determined to control the women in this country. The only difference is the degree.
    What is important for the country? Lets think about that.

    October 6, 2007 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  19. Josh, Chicago, IL

    So basically, the people that are for "Freedom" and not having a "big government" telling them how to live, and force their beliefs on the rest of the country, are asking for the government to conform to their own. Commercial contracts are NO WHERE NEAR A loser politician's desire to say who can love whom. It won't make gay people go away, it won't prevent heterosexual marriages from divorcing, it won't do anything.

    What a non-issue. There'a a war going on "tancredo", and I suggest you stop condemning ads and start working on America's ability to pay its debts, feed our families, and keep jobs here.

    October 6, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  20. Tom Dedham, Mass

    I have posted this many times and not one of you has ever attempted to answer:

    Point 1:

    Hillary and other Democrats in the race are also against gay marriage and in fact Shrillary as co-president started the whole "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

    So even though they are never asked and they never publicly discuss their reasons, does that make them bigots and homophobes as well or is that only for the conservatives who feel the same way?

    Point 2:

    The 45 or so states that have OVERWHELMINGLY voted against gay marriage (many not red states either) are they all homophobes and bigots as well?

    Point 3:

    Can one have the simple belief that marriage is ONE man and ONE woman and nothing else, but still support civil unions with all attached RIGHTS (it is just about rights isn't it?) for our gay friends?

    I guess so, as they are my feelings and I will march right next to them in order to get them those "attached rights".

    October 6, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Concerned Citizen of MA

    Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA :

    I was referring to your previous post: "I am sure if you have more than a few kids or grandkids, chances are one of them is homosexual". Where did you get this from?

    I am one of ten siblings – we are all happily married with children. This proves your statement to be wrong.

    Tom Dedham, Mass :

    My friend – I agree with you wholeheartedly.

    October 6, 2007 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Richard Izmer Palatine Illinois

    Well written,easily understood news coverage by CNN.

    October 6, 2007 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "This guy at least doesn't try to hide his fascism." Posted By Lee, Mays Landing NJ

    While Hitler was rather uncomfortable with homosexuality and personally shot a few homosexual Nazi's, the word "fascism" has a definition and it should not be used in place of a word like "jerk" or "muddled thinker." It is a very strong word and should be reserved for very unusual situations.

    "A Man shall not lay with another Man as with a Women.- Moses, quoted by God@paradise.com

    Let's pretend for a moment that Moses actually wrote the Pentateuch. He had much more to say about pork than about homosexuality. I am a vegetarian myself and find the anti-pork verses in the Bible to be somewhat neglected by those who imagine that they live by all those verses.

    I also don't recall any comment about women laying with women in the Bible so I assume that good Christian lesbians should be entitled to the sacrament of marriage. The prohibition only affects men.

    A lesbian relative of mine got married a few years ago (not legally) and later divorced her partner. I told her that if she keeps getting married and divorced over and over people are going to start thinking that she is heterosexual.

    If you really want to preserve marriage, let's do away with divorce laws. After all, divorce destroys more than 50% of all marriages.

    Jesus was quite clear: a man may divorce his wife only for infidelity; a woman may not divorce her husband for any reason. We need to roll back all those divorces and reassign people to their original spouses. Whom God has joined, let no man put asunder.

    October 6, 2007 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  24. Terry, El Paso, TX

    "...and the left/socialist side doesn't represent most Democrats..." – Chris, Middletown, CT

    If you don't know the definition of socialism, don't use the word. Words have meanings. They are not just verbal bricks to throw at opponents. No Democrat is proposing any socialist policies for the US. No Republican is proposing fascist policies.

    So say what you mean and mean what you say.

    October 6, 2007 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  25. MCD, San Francisco

    To Paul, NOL: It isn't about getting married "in a church"... it is about getting married. Having a legally recognized marriage and all that entails.

    On another note, I kind of liked his ideas about 3, 4 or more peeps getting married. Why just worry about gays? We should open this debate to communal marriages. Lets really have at it!

    October 6, 2007 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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