The following statement on August 25, 2011, can be attributed to Ben Stone, Executive Director of the ACLU of Iowa:

“The brutal beating death of Marcellus Andrews is further evidence of the existence of hatred and bigotry in our state. Whether the ultimate charges brought include an allegation of a hate crime, it appears from information reported in the media that the violence of that night was accompanied by anti-gay hatred and prejudice. The ACLU of Iowa remains steadfast in its decades-long commitment to human dignity and equality for all people, including young Iowans like Mr. Andrews.”