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Can This Lawsuit Put Iowa’s 3 Gay Marriage-Supporting Supreme Court Justices Back On The Bench?

Citing a ballot technicality that last month ousted the three Iowa Supreme Court justices who joined the unanimous decision legalizing same-sex marriage, three attorneys are mounting a lawsuit to reverse the decision because, according to the Iowa Constitution, the judges’ retention votes must appear “on a separate ballot”; they did not. The suit seeks to reinstate David Baker, Michael Streit, and Marsha Ternus. To which I wonder: While the judges maintain they did the right thing, and would not have voted differently knowing they’d lose their jobs, do they even want their old gigs back as the result of a lawsuit?