May 7, 2012
Ousted Iowa Justices who legalized gay marriage to be honored by Kennedy family for 'political courage'
Three ousted Iowa Supreme Court Justices whom outraged voters removed from office, after they legalized same-sex marriage in 2010, are being honored today by the Kennedy family for their "political courage." Former justices Marsha Ternus, Michael Streit and David Baker "will be awarded the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award" for having ruled that a 1998 state law limiting marriage to a man and woman was unconstitutional, the Des Moines Register reported. "The award, billed as the nation's most prestigious honor for public servants, was created in 1989 by Kennedy's family as a way to highlight political courage the former president admired." So how come Iowa voters kicked the judges out of office? Voters believed the state's legislature -- not its Supreme Court -- ought to have the final say on same-sex marriage in Iowa. The Supreme Court nevertheless ruled otherwise, declaring Iowa's same-sex marriage law violated the state's "constitutional rights of...(Read Full Post)