Richard Dedor Statement

Statement: HJR 4 is a Step Backwards for Iowa

FEBRUARY 9, 2015, WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — Political activist and author of the recently released, “Renewing America’s Promise,” Richard Dedor has released the following statement regarding Iowa House Joint Resolution 4: “After nearly six years and hundreds of marriages between loving and committed couples, House Joint Resolution 4 represents the worst of Iowa. It […]

Iowa Windmills

Gay Marriage Debate Continues in Iowa

Despite a Supreme Court ruling back on April 3, 2009, a bill was introduced in the Iowa House, HJ4 by 12 members which reads: A Joint Resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Iowa specifying marriage between one man and one woman as the only league union that is valid or […]

New York Times

News: NYT Offers Little Praise to FDA

New York Times: Most Gay Men Still Excluded From Giving Blood Excerpt: Under the new rule, any man who has had sex with another man in the last year may not donate blood. The change would still irrationally exclude many, if not most, adult gay men, including men in monogamous sexual relationships. Read the Full […]

Richard Dedor Statement

Statement: The FDA’s Failure to Change Fear-Based Policy

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA — 2005 University of Northern Iowa graduate and former candidate for Mayor of Mason City, Iowa, Richard Dedor has released the following statement regarding the Food & Drug Administration’s inaction on reducing the gay blood ban: “Despite a mountain of scientific evidence, the FDA will continue their pattern of ignorance rooted […]

gay blood ban

News: Gay Blood Ban Will Remain

The Hill: Panel: Too many risks to lift ban on blood donations by gay men Excerpt: Members of an advisory panel on blood safety are arguing it would be risky to lift a 1980s-era ban on blood donations by gay men. The experts who advise the Food and Drug Administration are pushing back, as the […]

Young Conservatives Freedom to Marry

Announcement: Joining the Freedom to Marry Coalition

It is with great pride and excitement that I announce that I have joined the Freedom to Marry Coalition and more specifically, the Young Conservatives for Freedom to Marry. Over the next two years, the goal of the group is to remove hateful language from the Republican Platform and add in line about equality and […]