Police in Des Moines, Iowa, are investigating death threats against openly gay state lawmaker Sen. Matt McCoy (D).
UPDATE: Death threats also have been made against Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal (D) and House Speaker Pat Murphy (D).
McCoy met with the Iowa State Patrol at the Capitol but declined to give specifics to the media except to confirm he had been threatened with death.
“That’s all I can say, I’ve been threatened,” McCoy told reporters when he emerged from the meeting.
Because the threats were made outside the Capitol, the investigation has been turned over to the Des Moines police department.
The threats came as emotions by opponents of same-sex marriage escalated following the April 3 Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage.
McCoy also is the sponsor of a bill that would have made marriage gender neutral in the state. The bill became moot after the high court ruling.
Following the threat against the senator, the State Patrol issued an advisory to all lawmakers that if they receive similar threats through their legislative e-mail accounts or on Statehouse phones, to notify them. But the advisory said if the threats are made on a personal telephone or at their homes they should call their local law enforcement.
via 365gay.com: Death threats against gay lawmaker following Iowa ruling