To the EDN:
Just read Michael T's fine piece on the 3 ousted judges on the front page of Thursday's [Nov. ] EDN.
However, in reading Thursdays story, we only heard from the lawyers and we did not get to hear from the people of Iowa. Based on the lawyers comments, you would glean from the article that some great damage had been done to the court system here in Iowa. Well, damage or no damage, this whole "judge flushing" did not need to happen. However, the people of Iowa were forced into voting "NO" on the judges because it was the only course of action left to them
You have to go back to April 2009 when the Iowa Supreme Court came down with their infamous 7 - 0 decision favoring gay marriage in Iowa to understand what has happened. The citizens of the state were in shock. We could understand this happening in Californiabut Iowa? The uproar of disapproval from most Iowans was deafening. In June of this year a state wide poll had 77% of Iowans saying we should get a chance to vote up or down on this issue. However, the word from Democratic Majority leader Michael Gronstal of Council Bluffs was "he would not allow any changes in the law". With the Democrat Party holding firm majorities in both Iowa Houses and the Governor's mansion, there was no way the voters would get to ratify or reject the "new law".
Fast forward to last Tuesday's voting. I was as shocked as anyone when the voters said "NO" and flushed out the 3 Judges. Based on the moral decline we have observed over the past 20 to 30 years in our society , I did not think there was enough "Moral Fuel " left in the tank of the Iowa voters to reject these 3 judges. Yes, I believe, 55% of the voting Iowans looked at this gay marriage vote as a "Moral Issue" and not a "Constitutional issue". When the judges handed down their verdict and the majority party politicians said to the voters "you have no say in this issue"..the NO voters said "enough is enough" and "threw out the bums".
For those of you who follow these things, I think there are only 5 states in the Union who have legalized gay marriageall via Court decisions forced upon the citizens of these states. On the other hand, I also believe the score is 23 - 0 in the states where the citizens have been allowed to vote on this issue. Yes, the voters in 23 state have said NO to gay marriage. Even California voters have turned down the gay marriage issue.
There is hope on the horizon. With the changes coming next year in the Governors Mansion and in the Iowa House, perhaps the voters of Iowa will get a chance to become state #24 to say NO. Time will tell. My hearty congratulations to the 55% who voted NO. Thank You for standing up for morality.