Iowa justices get Republican support

Timothy Kincaid

November 1st, 2010

Failed gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats is leading a campaign to unseat three of Iowa’s supreme court justices to punish them for finding that gay people have a claim on that state’s constitutional protections. If they justices are not retained, it will be considered a mandate on the issue of marriage equality.

However, by positioning the vote in this manner, they have created some unlikely “pro-gay advocates”: those who value an independent judiciary. Take, for example, Robert Ray, the Republican governor from 1969 to 1983:

Polls show the vote to be close.

JFE

November 1st, 2010

I fear this is too little, too rational, and too late.

occono

November 1st, 2010

“The judges are supposed to follow the will of the people.”

GAHHHHH NO. They’re the part of Government that are the LEAST responsible to the will of the people*

Regan DuCasse

November 2nd, 2010

How can people running for office be THIS stupid?!
And how can the public that believes them be also as well?!

This really IS how the Nazi party rose up the way it did.
Anyone well versed in the history of Jim Crow and Nazism would know that.

Just because the target is gay people, doesn’t mean the impetus won’t bleed into other factors of individual freedom and protection.
Even the history of IA as a progressive state that was the first to extend rights is being lost on their own citizens.
You’d think they’d be proud of that, instead of buying into such tripe.

To be honest my friends, as hard as it’s been to be black, to be a woman…and I understand, to be gay: there is something that we’ve gained in character that is much more precious than the people who turned on these justices can’t appreciate.

Some of them really never did have to fight for their freedom, or attend to protecting those of others.
This is an exceptionally selfish pursuit that NOM is on.
They have had the luxury of being stupid, unaware and unconcerned with what’s really at stake.

They were never in danger of losing ANYTHING at all with the expansion of rights to gay people.
No one EVER has lost anything to equality and justice being extended to all human beings who had otherwise been without them.

As I tend to say, fear is a kinder word for this kind of expression.
‘Fear of the unknown’ assumes that there is no result to know, no way of finding any information with which to make a decision.

This war on gay people and their supporters or the branch of government that stands between careful consideration and hysteria, isn’t about fear.
But cowardice.

Because all the opportunity, all the information and understanding has been there all along.
The results of what would happen if gay people got married or had the same opportunities IS known and well documented.
And now the cowardice is influencing important branches of government protection.
There is no unknown here. Just the most pernicious cowardice and ignorance we haven’t seen since ‘the race matter’ was in public discourse.

I truly hate this level of cowardice. It’s unforgivable.

mikeksf

November 2nd, 2010

Beautifully and passionately said, Regan. Thanks

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