DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady removed much of the suspense about his Condition of the State address to the Iowa Legislature Wednesday, announcing he will speak to the ongoing debate sparked by the Iowa Supreme Court's 2009 decision striking down a ban on same-sex marriage.
The chief justices speech is typically considered one of the more routine exercises on the Iowa Legislature's first week to-do list.
However, in the wake of the three justices being turned out by voters and legislators discussing impeachment of the four remaining members of the court, there is a level of interest unprecedented in recent years.
"There will be more drama than the governor's speech," Rep. Jeff Kaufmann, R-Wilton, said, referring to Tuesday's Condition of the State speech delivered by Gov. Chet Culver.
Cady will speak to a joint session of the House and Senate at 10 a.m. Wednesday. It will be carried live on Iowa Public Television World at 10 a.m. and live-streamed at www.IPTV.org. His speech will be rebroadcast at 9:30 p.m. on IPTV.