LGBTI global news 24-7

Content about Des Moines

April 11, 2015

Eric Reece Wiethorn wrote: 'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter'

An Iowa man has admitted to sending a threatening letter to a gay bar in Des Moines and claiming it was fille with the poison anthrax.

A letter arrived at Blazing Saddle bar containing a white powder in late March and stated: 'This is your punishment for sinning against God, and hopefully you’ll die from the anthrax on this letter.'

After receiving an anonymous tip, police this week arrested Eric Reece Wiethorn (pictured) of Ames, Iowa.

Wiethorn, 49, has been arrested for first-degree harassment and booked in to Polk County Jail.

January 25, 2015

'What I have a problem with is when people try to force people to act against their beliefs because they say "they're discriminating against me"'

After making a rousing speech at a conference for conservative US voters, neurosurgeon Ben Carson joked about poison in the wedding cakes of same-sex couples.

According to The Hill, the former Fox News commentator spoke to reporters after his Iowa Freedom Summit speech.

January 4, 2013

The Iowa City First Baptist Church has become the first Baptist church in the state to allow same-sex couples to marry under its roof in a Christian ceremony, four years after the state legalized same-sex marriage

Iowa City’s First Baptist Church has become the first Baptist church in the US state of Iowa to perform religious marriages for same-sex couples.

The First Baptist Church as labelled itself as an ‘open and inclusive’ community for over a decade but only recently voted to join the Association of Welcoming and Affirming Baptists (AWAB) and to allow same-sex couples to wed under its roof.

December 16, 2011

Newt Gingrich says he would push to reinstant Don't Ask Don't Tell and that being gay is a choice for some

Newt Gingrich is making no secret of his anti-gay views in the race for the Republican nomination for U.S. president as next month's Iowa Caucuses and other early primaries draw near.

In an interview with the Des Moines Register Thursday, the former Speaker of the House said that if elected president next year, he would approve the reinstatement of Don't Ask Don't Tell, believes some people choose to be gay, and says that comparing same-sex marriage to interracial marriage is 'ludicrous.'

December 10, 2011

Gingrich will bask in his top tier status in tonight's debate

With less than a month before the first caucus, Republican presidential candidates will meet in Iowa tonight for a debate.

Sponsored by ABC News, the Des Moines Register and Yahoo this will be the first debate when Newt Gingrich will  receive a significant amount of attention. According to recent polls the former Speaker of the House leads the GOP pack. Trailing him are Rep. Ron Paul and Gov. Mitt Romney.

Behind the top trio are Herman Cain, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Rick Santorum and Gov. John Huntsman.