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