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Bachmann pauses in Iowa tour to talk ‘myth’ of Kinsey Report
By Chris Welch

Clarion, Iowa (CNN) - Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann continued her super-charged bus tour across Iowa Sunday, attending several more events to shake hands and sign autographs.

Her events have been largely of the meet-and-greet variety - get in and out as fast as she can. The campaign has instituted a “no questions” policy at a majority of her stops this weekend to keep things moving, and that generally applies to both the media and to Iowa voters.

But at her stop at a north central Iowa Pizza Ranch restaurant, she and her husband Marcus were met with a woman wearing a Bachmann sticker who was holding a sign that read: “Gay-friendly Iowan.”

"I was wondering if you would sign my sign?" the woman wearing the sticker, who identified herself as Kathy Schnell, asked.

"Gay-friendly Iowan?" Bachmann asked with a small laugh as she signed her name.

Schnell thanked her and followed it with a question that, in reality, was more of a comment.

"I wonder if you’re aware that 10% of the population is gay. And if you have 28 children, then 2.8 of those kids are very likely gay."

The congresswoman, within definite earshot as she hovered over Schnell, at first seemed to avoid the question, trying to say “hello” to someone new.

Schnell turned to her friend and said, “She’s not listening to me.”

Bachmann must have heard that because she then turned back.

"Well, that’s according to the Kinsey Report," the candidate replied.

Dr. Alfred Kinsey is best known for conducting interviews with thousands of individuals and publishing his findings in books on human sexual behavior during the 1940s and ’50s.

Bachmann’s husband, who runs a clinic in their district in Minnesota that has long been accused of conducting “reparative therapy” by trying to help gay individuals become straight, then chimed in.

"Your facts are wrong," he said.

"That’s not valid?" Schnell asked back.

"No it isn’t," Michele Bachmann said. Her husband added, "No, it’s not at all. It’s been a myth for many years."

The presidential hopeful then moved to the next table. Schnell pulled off her Bachmann sticker.

Schnell later told CNN she is a Democrat who is not happy with the current Democratic administration and the Democrats in Washington.

Asked if she was surprised Bachmann signed her poster, Schnell said no.

"I think she wants to be a very nice person," Schnell said. "She’s adorable. But I just don’t think she should be our president."

Schnell wasn’t the only one in the room passionate about gay rights. A handful of college students were also on hand in the restaurant at the time, but did not try to raise a question. After the event, however, the group stood outside waving rainbow flags, a common symbol of gay rights support.

Quentin Hill, an 18-year-old student at the University of Iowa, said he wanted to ask her a question as she worked the room but was told ahead of time not to.

"They weren’t taking questions today. I asked one of her staffers and I was kind of shut down as soon as I started asking," Hill said, adding that he wanted to ask her about the issue of gay teen suicides.

"I think if you want to be president of the United States, first of all you have to realize that you are representing all Americans including gay Americans and secondly you should be able to answer questions," Hill said.

"If you want my vote, I want to know what you stand for. So I think it’s unfortunate that she comes and shakes hands and signs some signs and thinks she’s going to get votes out of that."

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Zach Wahls, Iowa Student, Pro-Gay Marriage Speech Goes Viral Again on The Huffington Post Gay Voices:

An Iowa student’s profound pro-gay parenting, pro-marriage equality speech has gone viral — for the second time — 11 months after it first exploded on the Internet.

Though Zach Wahls, 19, made the moving testimony in front of the Iowa House of Representatives back in February, the video has re-surfaced in the blogosphere now after being posted on MoveOn.org’s website yesterday.

The clip is sweeping Twitter and Facebook all over again as many find it just as inspirational now as they did in February due to the continuing debates about same-sex marriage and gay parenting in the United States.

"I guess the point is that our family isn’t so different than any other Iowa family," he says in the clip. "When I’m home, we go to church together, we eat dinner, we go on vacations."

After acknowledging his family’s usual set of struggles, he went on to note, “We’re Iowans, we don’t don’t expect anyone to solve our problems for us, we’ll fight our own battles. We just hope for equal and fair treatment from our government.”

At the link, you can also find his other videos, including his appearances on MSNBC and The Ellen Show:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/01/zach-wahls-iowa-student-marriage-equality_n_1123020.html?ref=gay-voices#s510117&title=Zach_Wahlss_Speech

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Couple Gets Married After Waiting 23 YearsBy Jami Brinton, ReporterKCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, IowaApr 27, 2009 at 4:45 PM CDT
IOWA CITY - More than 40 same-sex couples applied for a marriage license in Johnson County alone today.
Among those, one couple didn’t want to wait to get married.It isn’t the typical way to start your wedding day.
Instead of primping and preparing to walk down the aisle, Lois and Karen Gray filled out paperwork for a marriage license.
"It’s a really significant moment for us," said Lois.
Lois and Karen fell in love 23 years ago.
They’ve already shared much of their lives together but having this piece of paper is important to them.
"It’s really wonderful to say no just this is my life’s partner, but my wife, we’re married," said Lois.
Lois and Karen didn’t want to wait the required three days to get married.
So, this afternoon they asked Judge Stephen Gerard to let them exchange vows now.
The judge agreed and just a few hours ago they said “I do” in a private ceremony at the Johnson County Courthouse.
Afterwards  they showed us the gold bands they exchanged during the ceremony. They  were the same rings they gave each other in 1986.
"It was really special," said Lois. "I’m just still feeling overwhelmed, but overwhelmed with joy."
Their daughter Lauren agrees.
"It’s really special because now they’re married by the law," said Lauren.
A wedding day they’ve always dreamed of.
"It  was," said Lois. "I think its this sense of we feel so married in our  hearts and minds already but it was so affirming to have the legal  recognition that so many other Iowans enjoy."
Even though their marriage became official today the Grays say they’ll still celebrate their silver anniversary in two years.

Couple Gets Married After Waiting 23 Years
By Jami Brinton, Reporter
KCRG-TV, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Apr 27, 2009 at 4:45 PM CDT

IOWA CITY - More than 40 same-sex couples applied for a marriage license in Johnson County alone today.

Among those, one couple didn’t want to wait to get married.
It isn’t the typical way to start your wedding day.

Instead of primping and preparing to walk down the aisle, Lois and Karen Gray filled out paperwork for a marriage license.

"It’s a really significant moment for us," said Lois.

Lois and Karen fell in love 23 years ago.

They’ve already shared much of their lives together but having this piece of paper is important to them.

"It’s really wonderful to say no just this is my life’s partner, but my wife, we’re married," said Lois.

Lois and Karen didn’t want to wait the required three days to get married.

So, this afternoon they asked Judge Stephen Gerard to let them exchange vows now.

The judge agreed and just a few hours ago they said “I do” in a private ceremony at the Johnson County Courthouse.

Afterwards they showed us the gold bands they exchanged during the ceremony. They were the same rings they gave each other in 1986.

"It was really special," said Lois. "I’m just still feeling overwhelmed, but overwhelmed with joy."

Their daughter Lauren agrees.

"It’s really special because now they’re married by the law," said Lauren.

A wedding day they’ve always dreamed of.

"It was," said Lois. "I think its this sense of we feel so married in our hearts and minds already but it was so affirming to have the legal recognition that so many other Iowans enjoy."

Even though their marriage became official today the Grays say they’ll still celebrate their silver anniversary in two years.

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