Iowa Retains Judge Who Opposed Gay Marriage Ban

Justice David Wiggins will live to bang his gavel another day as Iowa voters decided to keep him around following a massive campaign led by conservatives to oust him from the bench.

Wiggins was one of the seven judges on Iowa’s Supreme Court to unanimously rule Iowa’s ban on gay marriage as a violation of the state constitution’s equal-protection clause in 2009.

Never ones to stand on their sour grapes, the National Organization for Marriage and other conservative groups campaigned to remove these so-called activist judges and voters outed three of them in 2010.

What a difference two years make. The Washington Times reports that over 54 percent of voters decided Judge Wiggins should keep his robe on, about 10 percent more than his less fortunate colleagues.

“I want to thank the people of Iowa who preserved the fairness and impartiality of Iowa’s courts and agree that equal means equal,” Justice Wiggins said Wednesday.

Iowans, in a further show of equanimity, re-elected Democratic Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal, who has blocked debate of the gay marriage amendment for three years, citing his refusal to enshrine discrimination in the Iowa Constitution.

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  • Dakotahgeo

    These people are the ones who are leading the charge for change in our country. The naysayers on the rightwing conservatives largely are responsible for the SHELLACKING the Republicans took in this election. There will be more of these results in the future if they don’t retrieve their souls from the T-Party T-Pods! One can only hope they wise up before they lose all of their clothes also.
    Dakotahgeo, M.Div. Pastor/Chaplain

  • jwrappaport

    Glad to hear it, but Alabama just re-elected Roy Moore to its Supreme Court. He is one crazy mofo – was ousted over refusing to remove the Ten Commandments from the courthouse, and also has some terrific things to say about us. The sham of judicial elections…

  • Guillermo3

    Nice to know that sometimes honesty and bravery are rewarded! Iowa has had,from its beginnings a history of tolerance and social justice.Glad to see that the tradition continues!

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