Iowa House GOP Moves to Impeach Gay Marriage Judges

After having successfully led a campaign to oust three of the justices who in 2009 ruled that Iowa’s statutory ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional, Iowa’s religious conservative House lawmakers have now launched impeachment proceedings against the remaining four justices who were part of the decision.

From the Iowa Independent:

Iowa House Republicans drew an immediate negative reaction late Thursday when they filed four articles of impeachment, one for each remaining member of the Iowa Supreme Court that participated in an April 2009 decision that struck down a legislative ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the state’s equal protection clause.

The four House resolutions target Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady (HR 48) and Justices Brent Appel (HR 47), Daryl Hecht (HR 49) and David Wiggins (HR 50) for “malfeasance in office” specifically for their ruling in the Varnum v. Brien case, saying that each justice “exercis[ed] functions properly belonging to the legislative and executive departments.”


Rep. Kevin McCarthy of Des Moines, a member of Democratic leadership, immediately challenged House Speaker Kraig Paulsen (R-Hiawatha) and Majority Leader Linda Upmeyer (R-Garner) to speak against the actions taken by their caucus members.

“I issue the following challenge to Speaker Paulsen and Majority Leader Upmeyer on the proposed impeachment of the remaining Supreme Court Justices … either publicly condemn your own Republican members as well as members of the Republican Party for offering this outrageous, extremist proposal … or allow a full and open impeachment proceeding for all Iowans to consider knowing House Democrats will use every available procedural tool to shut down the Iowa House and defeat this right-wing effort,” said McCarthy.

Moves to oust the justices has been the subject of fierce political debate on the implications of such tactics and how this is part of a larger agenda to remove judges that do not rule in the favor of religious conservative values.

The move to impeach has also been cause for concern given that the campaign was financed by powerful out-of-state groups including the National Organization for Marriage which has contributed to efforts to defeat gay marriage in other states like Maine.

Republican lawmakers say that Democrats in the Senate who hold the majority and have blocked attempts at a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage, are going against the will of the people in not allowing a referendum on the gay marriage issue.

Regardless, it is unlikely that the Democratic senate leadership will allow the articles of impeachment to proceed. 


Photo used under the Creative Commons Attribution License, with thanks to Jeff Belmonte.


Winn Adams
Winn A4 years ago

Come on Iowa, you are better than this aren't you. The people in that state need to speak up and speak out for these judges who are doing the right thing.

Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

That's terrible! They should leave those judges alone and let them do their jobs.

Lulu L.
Lulu L6 years ago

I'm for impeachment

Danny W.
Danny Wilson6 years ago

Repubathugs are the American 'taliban' after all.....

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Where have I heard "all men are equal?"

Martin S.
Abe M6 years ago

Subject: Congressional Reform Act of 2011

This is an easy one to forward, I hope you pass it on as well. This is exactly what elected officials need to have happen. This is a no brainer!!! It is time. If you agree send it to 20 people good and true. If you disagree, please delete it.

The 26th amendment (granting the right to vote for 18 year-olds) took only 3 months & 8 days to be ratified!
Simple! The people demanded it.
That was in 1971...before computers, before e-mail.

Congressional Reform Act of 2011

1.Term Limits.

2. No Tenure / No Pension.
Congressman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office.
3. Congress (past, present & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people.
4. Congress can purchase their own retirement plan, just as all Americans do.
5. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise.
6. Congress loses their current health care system and has the same health care system as the American people.
7. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.
8. All contracts with past and present Congressmen are void effective 1/1/12.
Congressmen made all these contracts for themselves.
Serving in Congress is an honor, not a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned cit

Mercedes Lackey
Mercedes Lackey6 years ago

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Sharon H.
Sharon H6 years ago

Dank is another troll. Someone told me that the Koch brothers have put out ads to pay people to come to progressive blogs like Care2 and be disruptive, no matter the topic. Have you noticed that they are cropping up like warts? We have James J, and John K(?) and now this one. I don't know how they get paid, whether it's by the number of posts or the amount of aggression in it. Their profiles are always empty and their birthday's are always Jan 01. When you see someone who is particularly offensive, look at their profile first, and if it fits what I described, come back and point them out to the rest of us so that we'll know who they are. That way we don't have to waste our time arguing with them.For all we know, they might be the same person.

Margaret K.
Margaret K6 years ago

Is the name appropriate or what - Dictionary definition -
Adjective: Disagreeably damp, musty, and typically cold

Len Forster
Len Forster6 years ago

Impeachment is a legal process whereby an official may be removed from his/her post for conduct that is illegal or in contra to his/her duties and responsibilities in the public position held.

One cannot be impeached because he/she makes decisions and/or holds opinions with which legislators don't agree. If you don't like a judicial decision, based on the law, Messrs. Legislators, then it is incumbent on you to change the law. Still, you have no legal reason for initiating impeachment proceedings against judges who support gay positions or who are, in fact, gay themselves.

Get a life. Go to work for Pat Robertson. He likes the way you think.