A Quick Lesson on the Legislative System in Iowa and the U.S.

Today, 365gay.com is reporting that openly gay Iowa Senator Matt McCoy has been receiving death threats. They later updated the article to say that Iowa Senate Majority leader Mike Gronstal and Iowa House Speaker Pat Murphy have received death threats as well.

All three are Democrats.

This is the result of the Iowa Supreme Court‘s decision to overturn same-sex marriage.

See what’s wrong? Other than the fact that people are making death threats, which no one should receive and I speak from personal experience.

If you guessed that they’re making these threats against congressmen for something the judicial branch did, you are right.

The funny thing is that last week I heard a student walking through the halls of school rambling about how if Walt Rogers, a well liked youth minister in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area, had been elected to the Iowa Senate that the gay marriage ban would have never been overturned.

I looked at the student and said, “The Supreme Court overturned the ban. Even if Walt Rogers had been elected to the Iowa Senate, he still couldn’t have stopped it because he wouldn’t have been a justice on the Supreme Court.”

The student told me to shut up and walk away.

All I can think of with these irrational morons threatening Senators McCoy, Gronstal, and Murphy’s lives is that they, like the poor misguided student I spoke with the other day, do not understand that the Iowa General Assembly is not the same thing as the Iowa Supreme Court.

I repeat: The Iowa General Assembly is not the same thing as the Iowa Supreme Court.

Granted, these individuals are not as misguided as an individual I spoke to last week that thought that Nancy Pelosi was the head of the House Financial Services Committee and Newt Gingrich was still the Speaker of the House.

(In case you don’t know, Pelosi is the Speaker of the House and Barney Frank is the head of the House Financial Services Committee. Also, if Newt Gingrich was the Speaker of the House, Pelosi, a Democrat, would not be the head of the House Financial Services Committee.)

But anyway, the Iowa General Assembly is not related to the Iowa Supreme Court and the members of the Iowa House and Senate had no influence over the Supreme Court’s decision.

On an unrelated note, the Department of Homeland Security is warning of the threat of right-wing extremist attacks. [Politico“]

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