The Iowa Independent’s Meghan Malloy reports that the Iowa Coalition of PFLAG — Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays — has launched a petition against the Wells family’s Blue Bunny ice cream brand following ThinkProgress’ post uncovering the connections between the company’s president and the FAMiLY LEADER’s Bob Vander Plaats. Mike Wells, the president and CEO of the company, was a member of Vander Plaats’ council of advisers during his gubernatorial campaign and Wells family members have contributed at least $456,000 to Vander Plaats and his affiliated organizations and campaigns.
Iowa Coaltion PFLAG President Dean Genth is asking for a boycott of Blue Bunny ice cream has “written an open letter to Vander Plaats, seeking an apology from the conservative activist for laughing at an off-color joke made by an attendee” at a FAMiLY LEADER event:
Your outrageous and derogatory comments have no place in the public debate about moving forward with equality for our LGBT citizens. I respectfully ask you to consider the harm you are causing legions of family members and allies of the LGBT citizenry throughout the state of Iowa and around the country. Your words have been inflammatory and hurtful.
As President of the Iowa Coalition of PFLAG (Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), I am calling upon you to issue an apology to our gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Iowans for your hurtful comments and actions.
This vulgarity must cease.
We await your sincere apology,
Dean A. Genth, President
Iowa Coalition of PFLAG Chapters
Vander Plaats has yet to respond to PFLAG or a similar effort from One Iowa — the state’s LGBT advocacy organization — demanding an apology for his anti-gay remarks. Blue Bunny, meanwhile, has issued a statement distancing itself from Vander Plaats and stressing that the company itself has not contributed to his efforts.