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Reisetter is director of development at the Family Leader, an organization of which three-time Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats is the president and CEO. The two are visiting Iowa's 99 counties during the entity's "Capturing Momentum Tour" and stopped at Pizza Ranch in Spencer.
Prior to the Family Leader's creation, Vander Plaats established Iowa For Freedom and led the Nov. 2 ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court justices who ruled the state's ban on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional in April of 2009.
Vander Plaats said the retention vote "held judicial activism in check" and has been called "the most important election" by conservatives across the country.
When Vander Plaats is asked how same-sex marriage affects his marriage, he responds with a question of his own.
"What does it do to the next generation?" he asked. "As people of faith, we are called to have a multi-generational view, a multi-generational vision."
"We believe strong marriages lead to strong families, which lead to strong societies and communities and even school districts," he added later.
With the goal of strong marriages in mind, the Family Leader encompasses the Iowa Family Policy Center, Iowa Family Political Action Committee and Marriage Matters.
Vander Plaats hopes for the Defense of Marriage Act to be reinstated. While the Iowa House passed the bill, Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, is blocking debate on the measure.
He would also like to see a change in how Supreme Court justices are appointed.
"(With) executive leadership, you need to do due diligence before you hire," he said. " ... You have 60 applicants for those (three) vacancies. ... You interview all 60. Within six hours of the last interview, they recommended nine nominees to the Supreme Court. They didn't even sleep on it."
Instead, Vander Plaats would like to see Supreme Court justices appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Legislature.
He also wants to see a "pro-family" presidential candidate next November. The Family Leader has sponsored former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty events in Sioux Center, Iowa City and Pella, and will be bringing other presidential hopefuls to the state in the coming months.
In the meantime, he and his organizations will be hosting a marriage rally at the state Capitol on March 15.