Sunday, May 13, 2012
Courts - More on "In Iowa, Voters Oust Judges Over Marriage Issue"
Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 3, 2010, reporting that the three Iowa Supreme Court justices up for retention who had joined an opinion allowing same-sex marriage in Iowa had been voted out, this long story today in the DesMoines Register, by Jeff Eckhoff, reports that:
[Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins] this fall will become the fourth member of Iowa’s highest court to stand for a retention vote since the court issued a landmark 2009 decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. The unanimous Varnum v. Brien decision, which outraged social conservatives, made Iowa the first Midwestern state to sanction gay marriage. * * *
Same-sex marriage was already expected to be a white-hot issue in this fall’s Iowa Statehouse races. Same-sex marriage opponents have vowed to take control of the Senate, where Democrats now hold a majority and party leadership has blocked a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.
After the 2009 ruling, Iowa voters in November 2010 denied three justices the opportunity to remain on the bench. David Baker, Michael Streit and Marsha Ternus became the first Iowa Supreme Court justices not retained by voters since Iowa adopted a merit selection and retention system for judges in 1962.
The three former justices gained national recognition last week when they accepted the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award at the Kennedy presidential library in Boston. Bob Vander Plaats, who led the campaign to oust them, called the award “a slap in the face to the people of Iowa” and an incentive to lead more campaigns to boot the other justices who joined the ruling.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 13, 2012 02:49 PM
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