Election 2010, Christian News, 2010 Election Results, Iowa, Supreme Court, Justices, Gay Rights, DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act
In Iowa, their State Supreme Court recently ruled that gay marriage was a constitutional right de facto when it struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The people of Iowa were overwhelmingly for the DOMA and were none too pleased with their judges who had decided to make law rather than actually stick to the State’s Constitution. Fortunately for Iowa voters, they have a way to redress this egregious violation of their rights as people to define their own value system, they can vote Judges out. This Election 2010 cycle saw three judges come up for consideration of retention. All THREE judges lost. This does not bode well for the other four that betrayed the wishes of the people they allegedly represent.
DES MOINES, Iowa, November 3, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Iowans punished three state Supreme Court Justices on Tuesday for their rulings legalizing same-sex “marriage” by denying all three another 8-year term.
Voters decided “no” on retaining Justice David L. Baker (54.27 percent), Justice Michael J. Streit (54.41 percent), and Chief Justice Marsha Ternus (55.04 percent) in their posts at the high court.
All three were up for retention votes to stay on the state Supreme Court under Iowa’s constitution. Under a 1962 amendment to Iowa’s constitution, eight years after being appointed judges must go on the ballot for a popular vote to retain their position or be sent packing.
Conservative activist and former GOP candidate for governor Bob Vander Plaats led the charge against the three justices. He argued that the state’s retention vote provides an antidote to the politicization of the court, and that the court usurped the state law by mandating same-sex “marriage.”
The Iowa Supreme Court ruled 7-0 on April 3, 2009 that the state Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) violated the state constitution’s guarantees of equal protection.
Vander Plaats and his “Iowa for Freedom” campaign barnstormed the state, arguing that the justices not only violated the legislature’s role by legalizing same-sex “marriage,” but also the executive’s role by ordering the state’s 99 counties to implement their decision.
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