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2) Iowa Voters Retain Justice Who Voted Against Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Judge David Wiggins is Retained

Despite a massive campaign to unseat Justice David Wiggins for the part he played in the 2009 unanimous 7-0 vote overturning Iowa’s gay marriage ban, Iowa citizens voted this week to retain the judge, marking a win for judicial freedom.

Religious conservatives in 2010 led a successful campaign that charged Iowa’s supreme court of judicial activism and culminated in the unseating of three of the justices, Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit.

The effort was led by Bob Vander Plaats, of the group Iowa For Freedom, who said at the time, ”It’s the people rising up, and having a voice for freedom, and holding an out-of-control court in check. I think we sent Iowa a message, but also sent the country a message: The power is still inherent in the people.”

Plaats returned for this year’s effort to denounce Judge Wiggins and, for good measure, roped in our old friend Rick Santorum.

The effort failed however, with 55 percent of the public voting “yes” to retain Judge Wiggins.

The next test will come in 2016 when another three justices who ruled in the case, Varnum v Brien, will be up for retention votes.


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12:04PM PST on Mar 7, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:29PM PST on Jan 11, 2013

Thank you!

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2:24AM PST on Nov 12, 2012

good stuff, thanks!

8:34AM PST on Nov 11, 2012

this is great news, hopefully we will all only progress in our thinking and acceptance of life,love and learning

9:25AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Congratulations and God bless from Canada for all of you that would appreciate that, what wonderful results, and hopefully more peace and justice even to come. Just a reminder that there are Christians and those of other religions who marry equally in Canada and all the states in the US where we are permitted to, that not everyone's theology agrees that God only approves some people's love as right and good; many religions see normal variations in orientation as part of God's tapestry of creation. In the US, I know of the United Church of Christ and the ELCA. LGBTQ people in our communities deserve all the rights and priviliges that any of us have, and shouldn't be having a struggle, but of course, they are, all the time.

7:39AM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Oh, Wow, I thought this article was going to be about the Marriage Equality laws - I didn't realize that so MANY Gay Legislators were elected! I only knew about Tammy Baldwin! Thank you for this article!!! All this, AND the Marriage Equality laws!!!

And, you should know that THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SPENT MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF ITS PARISHIONERS' MONEY - sometimes perhaps their Parishioners weren't aware of it! - the Catholic Church spent MILLIONS to defeat Marriage Equality in four States!!! Just THINK if the Catholic Church had spent even a portion of that on RELIEF FOR SANDY.....

It has also been said, that President Obama being elected for a SECOND term, is even more significant than his being elected for ONE term; it isn't just a "fluke"or an "anomaly" that a Person of Color can now be accepted as President of the United States.... and a real supporter of LGBT Rights can also be elected... which never happened before!!!

8:53PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

Great steps forward and hopes for many more positive steps in the future.

3:27PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

And the 4 state that made strong statements on marriage equality.

2:22PM PST on Nov 8, 2012

celebrate each and every one of these victories!

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