Iowa Poll looking ominous for retention of Supreme Court Justices

We’ve written several times about the ballot measure in Iowa on the retention of three Supreme Court Justices. It’s usually perfunctory. But, this year, the anti-gay forces are trying to end the terms of the three Justices over the same-sex marriage decision. This doesn’t look good:

Voters remain split over the retention of Iowa’s Supreme Court justices, yet a new Des Moines Register Iowa Poll shows more than one-third now want to oust all three.

Thirty-seven percent of likely voters say they will vote to remove all three Iowa Supreme Court justices in Tuesday’s election. Thirty-four percent say they will vote to keep all three, and 10 percent plan to retain some.

The poll shows movement toward the ouster of at least one justice, a result unseen in Iowa history since the merit-selection and retention process was adopted in 1962.

On the ballot are Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit, who were among seven justices who voted in the unanimous 2009 decision that allowed same-sex marriage, triggering a political uproar.

This is the closest thing to a marriage vote on the ballot this year. There will be repercussions for marriage equality if the haters are successful.

NOTE FROM JOHN: Let me add that this is a hugely important race because the religious right is hoping to use a victory in Iowa to chill every elected judge across the entire nation.  They are quite literally trying to terrorize our judges into making religious right leaning court decisions.  These people don’t believe in our democracy, they don’t believe in our system of government.  At their core, they’re not just un-Christian, they’re un-American.


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