Iowans dismiss 3 supreme court justices over gay marriage ruling

November 3, 2010 12:13

The ouster effort grew out of the April 2009 gay marriage ruling that stunned the nation, outraged social conservatives and turned Iowa into the first Midwestern state to sanction same-sex marriage.


The decision is expected to echo to courts throughout the country, as conservative activists had hoped.

“I don’t think they should have the power to change the constitution and take things into their own hands,” Noel said. “It’s a hard job to do, but here, in this case, I just really think they overstepped their bounds.”

The retention challenge triggered a battle never seen in Iowa’s judicial history. Television, radio and Internet ads portrayed the justices as both activists and referees. Robo-calls urged a “no” vote. U.S. Rep. Steve King embarked on a statewide bus tour to rally “no” voters.


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