Iowa Marriage Battle
a brief history and call to action
On April 3, 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court struck down Iowa’s Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ordered Recorder's Offices in all 99 Iowa counties to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. They not only changed the definition of marriage that has been established for thousands of years, but they stepped outside their constitutional authority. The court’s job is to give their opinion but instead they made law, which is the job of the legislature, and they executed that law, which is the job of the governor.
The governor could have put a stay on the court’s opinion until the people of Iowa had had a chance to vote on an amendment, but he did not. The legislature could have presented a marriage amendment to the people for a vote. But even though some conservative representatives tried, liberal leadership would not even allow it to be discussed.
Our state government has been hijacked by activist Judges. We the people must draw the line in the sand and take our government back. On November 2nd, 2010, the people of Iowa stood up and made a clear statement. Three of the seven judges (who all voted for same-sex marriage) were thrown out of office (Baker, Streit, and Ternus). This year, only one of the seven (Wiggins) is on the ballot for retention. Don't forget. Our job is not done. We must show them that we meant business then and we still mean it.