Iowa Governor: Anti-Gay Views Didn’t Contribute To Anti-Gay Beating

During a press conference today, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad (R) claimed that anti-gay rhetoric and opposition to marriage equality didn’t lead to the death of Waterloo, Iowa resident Marcellus Andrews, who was called a “faggot” and other anti-gay names as he was attacked by a group of yet-to-be identified assailants. “I see no link whatsoever and I think it’s inappropriate to try to blame people that are not associated with having committed a crime. I think we need to focus on the people who committed the crime and they need to be brought to justice,” he said. Branstad has previously called for a referendum to ban same-sex marriage and supported the removal of thee Iowa Supreme Court justices who overturned a state law prohibiting gays and lesbians from marrying.