Iowa voters prove homophobia still as strong as ever
Election day is over, and the people have spoken! They came together to ensure the “sanctity of marriage” would be upheld, and did so by removing 3 high court justices who helped legalize same sex marriage. Can you take a guess as to the name of the organization which spent millions of dollars convincing voters not to re-elect these Supreme Court justices? Why, it’s Iowa for Freedom, of course, because you can’t have a conservative organization in the US without at least some of George Orwell’s double-speak in there somewhere.
Iowa law wisely allows for a check and balance of the Supreme Court through a retention vote by you, the citizens. In April of 2009, we all witnessed blatant judicial activism by the Iowa Supreme Court. The court legislated from the bench…they governed from the bench…and, they even attempted to amend our constitution from the bench as they declared Iowa a “Same Sex” marriage state. This is not their role. The Legislature makes the law. The Governor executes the law. And, only “we the people” can amend our constitution.
The way the group managed to scare the voters (since that’s all these kinds of organizations know how to do) was by convincing them these “rogue judges” had somehow fundamentally altered the constitution of the state, when in fact the only thing they did was find the “protect marriage” people were the ones actually trying to amend the constitution to prevent some folks from actually getting married. In other words, they found no reason why gays shouldn’t be allowed the same rights as ordinary citizens. No amendment was actually necessary, but that didn’t stop Iowa for Freedom from claiming it did!
So, where did all the money to convince Iowans not to re-elect these judges ultimately come from? That’s not very clear, but it is believed to have come from a variety of out-of-state sources. It’s hard to tell since the Supreme Court has allowed corporations to donate unlimited sums of money for political campaigns (since they are considered legal “persons”), and as they funnel the money through dummy organizations, it’s difficult to track what’s actually going on. If there’s one thing we know for sure, however, it’s the religious right is heavily involved, and they have apparently very deep pockets.
This is only the beginning folks. Enjoy the show as your country is slowly taken over by religious fundies and secretive corporations. Sounds like a swell new trend sweeping the nation. Don’t worry though, it’s never too late to move to Sweden.