Pat Murphy, a former speaker of the Iowa House and a current congressional candidate, has said that in releasing its 2009 ruling legalizing gay marriage in Iowa, the state Supreme Court asked for extra security.

The 53-year-old Democrat made his comments during a campaign event.

Murphy said that he knew how the court was going to rule based on the fact that the court had asked for extra trooper protection.

“The reason we knew was the Iowa courts asked for extra state trooper protection,” Murphy said. “And [Senate Majority Leader] Mike [Gronstal] and I discussed it. And Mike said, 'Well what do you think they're calling for?' I said, 'Well Mike I don't think they're expecting a bunch of gays and lesbians to be storming because they didn't get their Supreme Court ruling.' I said, 'I think it will be the far right.'” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Social conservatives did react angrily to the decision, though their response did not include physical violence.