Polk County District Court Judge Robert Hanson says he’s “elected to kick the door in” on the controversy surrounding his and the Iowa Supreme Court’s decisions to uphold marriage rights for same-sex couples in Iowa and the ensuing successful campaign to oust three of the state’s Supreme Court justices.
“I’m going to blast my way through it. There is no turning back for me,” Hanson said.
Social conservative groups including the Iowa Family Policy Center (now known as The Family Leader), the National Organization for Marriage, the American Family Association and Iowa for Freedom launched a major campaign in Iowa last year to remove through a retention vote three Iowa Supreme Court justices that participated in an unanimous decision finding a legislative ban on same-sex marriage to be a violation of the Iowa Constitution’s equal protection clause.
They were successful in doing so, and expectations are the remaining four justices that supported the unanimous decision in Varnum v. Brien will also face difficult retention votes in 2012 and 2016.
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