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.

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    Josh

    I was saddened to see this as the election results came in last night. At first, I was hopeful – As the first counties reported in (the ones w/ larger metro areas), it looked like we would retain the judges. Then the rural counties began reporting…

    I have never been so ashamed to be an Iowan.

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    Roxanne R

    I’m still upset at California for not legalizing marijuana.

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    JohnJay

    And NOM sent out tweets last night gloating about how their efforts in New Hampshire helped elect a veto-proof Republican majority in the legislature which will now repeal marriage equality there. At least in IA, the removal of the judges (though horrible) won’t directly effect marriage equality there.

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    Josh

    @JohnJay – You are correct, it won’t change the law immediately, but it does show a scary amount of support for a push to put the issue to popular vote or amend the constitution. It also sets a precedent – now there is a good chance that we will start seeing judicial decisions based on popular opinion instead of interpretation of the law.

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    Dayton

    You could also move to Norway, however, it took me 13 months to receive my first residency permit (which was only supposed to take 6). The rules are tightening over here as the Nordic people migrate from the social democrat parties to the anti-immigration ones.

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    MDS

    fucking replubicans

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    OneTrueKinsman

    I just hope this kind of crap doesn’t show its ugly face in Canada.

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    Josh

    @Dayton – That thought has crossed my mind. My wife is 1/2 Norwegian (Grandfather immigrated to the US), so she might just go for that. Canada is also a thought, as it is closer to family that are still here in the US.

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    Ben

    Democrats sat on their asses…people who believe in equality sat on their asses. I’m from Iowa and was really disappointed in the vote. But I’m also know that there is no way the state is going to be able to construct a law, or that the State Supreme Court is going to be able to overturn the marriages in the state, or stop further marriages from taking place.

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