Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Iowa justice derailed yesterday by National Organization for Marriage intimidation campaign

--Nevertheless, marriage equality remains law in Iowa--

Yesterday’s defeat of the three Iowa state Supreme Court justices who ruled in favor of marriage equality last year is intended to be a threat to the marriage equality movement nationwide, compliments of the National Organization for Marriage.

NOM spent an unprecedented $600,000 on TV ads and a 45-county bus tour in Iowa. NOM's president Brian Brown has admitted that NOM's effort in Iowa's judicial election was actually about intimidating judges around the country into ruling against marriage equality. 

Despite NOM's mean-spirited and fear-driven campaign, same-sex marriage remains legal in Iowa.

Elaborating on the threat, Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese stated: "NOM and its secret donors will target judges around the country if they rule in favor of marriage equality and will foster an anti-gay, hostile environment in the process."

NOM's secret donors, questionable ethics

Prior to its involvement in this election, NOM received a strong warning from Iowa's ethics agency for evading campaign laws. During a 2009 special election in the state, NOM told supporters they could contribute to its Iowa campaign efforts secretly--without disclosing their names. Iowa law requires disclosure of contributors to political campaigns.

NOM is also fighting campaign finance laws in New York, Washington, Rhode Island, California and Maine. The MaineEthics Commission is also investigating NOM for failing to register as a ballot question committee and for refusing to disclose the donors to its campaign to overturn Maine's marriage equality law in 2009.

The Washington Independent reported that NOM funnels charitable donations into political campaigns. NOM's charitable arm, The Ruth Institute, merited a recent IRS complaint, filed by HRC and the Courage Campaign, for repeated violations of federal law that forbid charitable organizations to advocate in political campaigns.

NOM's close ties to anti-LGBT extremists, as well as its refusal to comply with election and tax laws are documented at and NOM Tour Tracker.

Source: Courage Campaign

Statement from the Iowa Supreme Court Justices:

It was our great privilege to serve the people of Iowa for many years. Throughout our judicial service we endeavored to serve the people of Iowa by always adhering to the rule of law, making decisions fairly and impartially according to the law, and faithfully upholding the constitution.
We wish to thank all of the Iowans who voted to retain us for another term.  Your support shows that many Iowans value fair and impartial courts.  We also want to acknowledge and thank all the Iowans, from across the political spectrum and from different walks of life, who worked tirelessly over the past few months to defend Iowa’s high-caliber court system against an unprecedented attack by out-of-state special interest groups.
Finally, we hope Iowans will continue to support Iowa’s merit selection system for appointing judges.  This system helps ensure that judges base their decisions on the law and the Constitution and nothing else.  Ultimately, however, the preservation of our state’s fair and impartial courts will require more than the integrity and fortitude of individual judges, it will require the steadfast support of the people.
Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Associate Justice Michael Streit
Associate Justice David Baker
Photo caption: Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus gives her State of the Judiciary speech Wednesday to lawmakers before a joint legislative session in the House Chamber of the Iowa Statehouse.(Christopher Gannon/The Des Moines Register)


an average patriot said...

People are really afraid of these fascist Republicans. Did you see this about 55 million illegals applying to Canada in the last 24 hours? is this real?

an average patriot said...


an average patriot said...

Nope, this is a joke, sorry!

Border Explorer said...

Thanks for the joke, Jim. I need something to lighten my mood today! I'm disgruntled with incremental change. We need revolutionary change, but much of the change I see is going in the wrong direction.

an average patriot said...

Billie we are getting ready to have change no one will like. Very concerned!