Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Voting Out Three Members of the Iowa Supreme Court Was the Right Thing To Do
A little over a year and a half ago, I wrote a couple of blog posts on the divisive topic of gay marriage. The first post was more general thoughts on the subject and the second post outlined why our supreme court justices who made this decision were legislating instead of doing their jobs and interpreting the constitution of Iowa which stated specifically that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman. Because they were legislating instead of interpreting, the people of Iowa decided to take action.
In Iowa, we vote every election on whether we wish to retain our judges with a simple yes or no vote. If a simple majority of the people vote no, the judge is removed from office. This has never happened since this procedure was implemented in the 1960’s. Iowa made history this past Tuesday by voting out of office all three of our Supreme Court Justices who were up for a retention vote and who legislated about gay marriage.
Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus came to our town right before the election telling everyone who would listen that a vote to not retain our justices, including her, would be a vote against Iowa process for appointing and retaining judges. Of course, it obviously does nothing close to that. In fact, by voting out Chief Justice Ternus and two or her fellow justices, we have strengthened our process by showing that yes, if they choose to legislate instead of doing their duties of strictly interpreting the Iowa constitution, we can and will vote their kiesters out of office.
In case you the reader haven’t reread the above two links and think I am just an angry and homophobic, please understand that my opinion on this subject has nothing to do with gay marriage at all. As I said in the previous post, it doesn’t affect me in the slightest. My beef with this and why I voted no on retaining those three supreme court justices is because they were legislating from the bench pure and simple. If they get away with legislating on this issue, what other future issue that would affect me will they legislate on?