Voters retain Iowa justice who backed gay marriage
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -
Iowa voters have retained state Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, who faced opposition because he supported a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa.
Social conservatives campaigned to oust Wiggins because of the ruling, following their success in removing three of his colleagues two years ago. Liberal groups and the Iowa State Bar Association worked to keep Wiggins on the bench.
The vote on Wiggins' retention is considered a barometer for the public's changing views on gay marriage and a flashpoint in the debate over the role of courts in American life.
Wiggins joined six colleagues to declare that a state law banning gay marriage violated the equal-protection clause of Iowa's constitution. The decision made Iowa the first Midwestern state to legalize gay marriage.
Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at email@example.com.