Anti-Gay Group Funds Hate With Federal Money.

By: Christopher Donaldson
8.27.2011

Every dollar serves its master.

The $2.2 million in federal grant money handed to the anti-gay Iowa Family Policy Center, (IFPC), to fund Bible-approved vagina-to-penis marriage counseling and outreach also went to other, more vile things, like its 2010 campaign to unseat three Iowa Supreme Court justices after they ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.

Ouch! Slap our bare thighs with vinegar sticks. Every time the IFPC goes to bed with the federal government, a gay man’s thigh starts to sting.

The AP reports: The $2.2 million received by the Iowa Family Policy Center between 2006 and 2010 helped hundreds of Iowans receive education and counseling, according to the documents. But it also paid for part of the salaries of five employees, rent, telephone, Internet and other expenses while the group was fighting legalized gay marriage in Iowa.

A University of Iowa researcher who was a consultant on the grant also told AP the group declined to provide same-sex couples education and counseling with the money.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services officials approved the grant budget, and there's no indication the costs run afoul of federal guidelines. Still, critics said the grant was potentially troubling because it was involved in a high-profile effort to respond to the Iowa Supreme Court's 2009 ruling legalizing gay marriage at the time, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa is investigating. A public backlash led Iowa voters to oust three justices last year.

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