Watch Video: Defending the Freedom to Marry
Opponents of the freedom to marry are at it again and our courts are under attack!
The National Organization for Marriage has pledged to provide a match of up to $100,000 for contributions that are made during the next two weeks in an effort to oust an Iowa Supreme Court justice who ruled in favor of the freedom to marry.
Whenever there are judicial elections, voters should use their own judgment when deciding how to cast their ballots, but we all must work together to defend our courts against politicized attacks.
We need all of our friends and allies to defend our system of justice and our civil rights!
Iowa’s Marriage Law and the Equality Movement
A Virtual Town Hall Event
With Special Guest:
Monday, August 27, 2012
12:00-1:00 p.m. CST
Sharon Malheiro, Founder and Board Chair, One Iowa
Jim Bennett, Midwest Regional Director, Lambda Legal
Donna Red Wing, Executive Director, One Iowa
Tweet your live questions for our panel at #WhyMarriageMattersIA
In 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Lambda Legal’s lawsuit Varnum v. Brien, striking down Iowa’s marriage ban and extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples.
In response, well-funded antigay groups launched an outright attack on our courts and the freedom to marry, which resulted in the ousting of three well-respected Iowa Supreme Court justices during a retention election.
This mean-spirited campaign was intended to have broad implications for judges across the nation, and the message delivered by the opponents of equality was clear: “Rule against us, and you will be next.”
This year they are at it again, using the same intimidation tactics to unseat another justice on the Iowa Supreme Court.
Antigay activist Bob Vander Plaats made the following statement at the launch of this new campaign against the judiciary:
“If courts are allowed to redefine the institution of marriage, every one of the liberties we hold dear is in jeopardy.”