Iowa Sup. Ct. rules man can fire woman for being too hot (thank the rel. rt.)

Abominable.  And brought to you by the National Organization for Marriage, America’s anti-gay bigots in the religious right, and our very own Republican party.  They replaced three Iowa Supreme Court justices because they ruled in favor of gay marriage, and therefore had to be destroyed and replaced with far-right religious right nuts.

As a result, the Iowa Supreme Court just ruled that men can fire women for being too hot.  And, what’s worse, it’s actually a family values kind of thing, firing women for being “too hot,” because that way take away the temptation for adultery.  From AP:

Court via Shutterstock

Court via Shutterstock

A dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant that he found attractive simply because he and his wife viewed the woman as a threat to their marriage, the all-male Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The court ruled 7-0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible attraction,” even if the employees have not engaged in flirtatious behavior or otherwise done anything wrong. Such firings may be unfair, but they are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by feelings and emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote.

An attorney for Fort Dodge dentist James Knight said the decision, the first of its kind in Iowa, is a victory for family values because Knight fired Melissa Nelson in the interest of saving his marriage, not because she was a woman.

Just to remind who you can thank for the effort to replace three fair-minded justices on the court with religious right nuts, and who we can thank for today’s misogynist decision by the all-male Iowa Supreme Court, here’sa list:

* National Organization for Marriage

Iowa GOP Rep. Steve King

U.S. Rep. Steve King embarked on a statewide bus tour to rally “no” voters.

The American Family Association:

Bob Vander Plaats, who made opposition to same-sex marriage a centerpiece of his unsuccessful run for governor in Iowa, is leading the ouster campaign on behalf of the political arm of the American Family Association, a conservative Christian organization based in Tupelo, Miss.

Newt Gingrich:

Gingrich said that Iowa is at “ground zero.”  He said that Iowans can “turn out and vote no on the three judges who betrayed the people of Iowa.”  He also said that there is “no better place to send a clarion call” to the left-wing legal secular elite.

* Additional religious right groups:

It was marriage that inspired the campaign to oust the judges, and it was prominent national anti-gay organizations that bankrolled the effort. Led by Mississippi-based American Family Association, the effort was aided by groups such as Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, Georgia-based Faith & Freedom Coalition and New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage.

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