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Gay marriage support knocks 3 Iowa justices off the bench
suntimes.com ^ | November 4, 2010 | suntimes.com

Posted on 11/04/2010 9:58:52 AM PDT by goldendays

Gay marriage support knocks 3 Iowa justices off the bench Comments November 4, 2010 DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans voted to remove three state Supreme Court justices, siding with conservatives angered by a ruling that allowed gay marriage.

Justices Marsha Ternus, David Baker and Michael Streit will be removed after about 54 percent of voters backed their ouster -- the first time Iowa voters have removed a Supreme Court justice since the current system began in 1962.

They were on the court of seven justices who unanimously decided last year that an Iowa law restricting marriage to one man and one woman violated the state's Constitution. They were the only justices up for retention this year.

The National Organization for Marriage and other foes of gay marriage around the country spent about $1 million on the removal effort.

"This spiteful campaign is a wake-up call to future voters who must resist attempts to politicize the courts," said Kevin Cathcart of Lambda Legal, a national gay-rights group. AP


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gay; justices; marriage
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To: goldendays
"This spiteful campaign is a wake-up call to future voters who must resist attempts to politicize the courts," said Kevin Cathcart of Lambda Legal, a national gay-rights group.

Oh yeah, like it wasn't politicized before when they voted unanimously to foist butt-sex marriage onto an unwilling electorate.

Glad to hear that Iowans aren't completely insane.
21 posted on 11/04/2010 1:16:16 PM PDT by Antoninus (It's long past time for conservatives to stop voting for Republican liberals. Enough!)
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To: goldendays

“This spiteful campaign is a wake-up call to future voters who must resist attempts to politicize the courts,”

It is those who use the radical lawyers and radical judges to get “rights” dictated into existence from the bench, who “politicize the courts”.

If you want rights in our Constitutions, then go through the process of getting your fellow citizens to support the legislative process of amending a Constitution to formally place those rights in that Constitution. You are creating a judicial oligarchy when you by-pass that process and think “rights” can originate with judges.

If you ignorantly believe that it is O.K. for rights to originate with judges, then you are ignoring the fact that by granting the judges that power they have obtained the power to deny you the rights you thought you already had. It is a process by which, over a long period of time, a written Constitution comes to no longer have the force of law, its been replaced by mere judges.


22 posted on 11/04/2010 2:08:15 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: raccoonradio

We can vote out members of Michigans supreme court...They are appointed, but must run on a non-partisan ballot to keep their jobs...thats the only reason that our SC is usually on the consevative side...


23 posted on 11/04/2010 7:36:51 PM PDT by goat granny
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To: goldendays
"This spiteful campaign is a wake-up call to future voters who must resist attempts to politicize the courts," said Kevin Cathcart of Lambda Legal, a national gay-rights group.

Practice what you preach, dude.

24 posted on 11/04/2010 7:47:07 PM PDT by caddie (<i>Dum spiro spero</i>)
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To: itsahoot
You mean like campaign laws, say in Alaska, where precedent has beed tossed out the window.

It does happen, but it's relatively rare. Judges aren't supposed to just toss out precedent without very solid reasons, but since we are dealing with human beings they don't always do what they are supposed to do.

25 posted on 11/05/2010 5:11:38 AM PDT by untrained skeptic
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