Gay-Rights Groups See Election As Major Setback

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November 3, 2010


"Perhaps most sobering for gay activists was the removal of the three Iowa judges after a campaign intended to punish them for joining a unanimous ruling last year that the state's ban on same-sex marriage violated Iowa's constitution.

"That ruling, making Iowa one of five states to legalize gay marriage, still stands. But gay marriage foes said they plan to press Iowa Republicans who took over the governor's office and the state House to work toward a new ban.

"...'This spiteful campaign is a wake-up call to future voters who must resist attempts to politicize the courts,' said Kevin Cathcart of Lambda Legal, a national gay-rights group. 'If an embattled judiciary were to lose its ability to protect our laws and constitution with impartiality, that would be a tragic loss.'"