DES MOINES, IA – GCM Watch is applauding the ousting of three activist judges. In a bold move orchestrated by a coalition of pastors, citizens and leaders in Iowa, justices who voted to impose homosexual marriage on the people of that state were removed from office by the vote of the people. From the Washington Post:
Iowa Supreme Court rulings will be slowed after a contentious campaign persuaded voters to oust three justices, who supported a decision legalizing gay marriage, a court official said Wednesday.
Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and justices David Baker and Michael Streit were voted off the bench in Tuesday’s election, creating multiple vacancies on the court for the first time since its inception.
The three were among seven justices who unanimously decided last year that an Iowa law restricting marriage to a man and a woman violated the state’s constitution. They will leave at the end of the year.
Tuesday was the first time Iowa voters removed a Supreme Court justice since the current system began in 1962.
Gay marriage foes spent an estimated $1 million on the campaign to oust the judges, who chose not to raise money or campaign themselves. But a group of former governors, lawyers and judges formed Fair Courts For Us to support them, saying Iowa’s independent judiciary was at risk if a one-issue campaign succeeded in removing the justices.
Gordon, an associate pastor at Cornerstone World Outreach in Sioux City, says he will defy federal law this month when he urges the congregation to vote to not retain the three justices, who participated in a unanimous ruling that allowed same-sex couples to wed. His mass mailing to 1,000 church leaders in September prompted one national religious liberty group to file a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service.