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10/20/2010

Jury of his (and only his) peers: NOM's head activist judge vs. Iowa jurists

by Jeremy Hooper

6A00D8341C503453Ef012875Ffc541970COf a new anti-LGBT equality ad that the National Organization For Marriage has produced alongside the Campaign for Working Families PAC and Iowa for Freedom, NOM president Brian Brown says:

This election, we want Iowans to know that their values and their votes matter,” said Brian Brown, president of NOM. “They need to know where these Justices stand, and unfortunately they stand on the idea that as Justices they are elite and are above the scrutiny of the people’s voice. We made this ad to let Iowans know that this is simply not the case. Our opponents claim there is no such thing as an activist judge, but these judges have substituted their own values for the values of working families in Iowa.
NOM Helps Launch Ad Campaign to Ensure Iowa Voters Know The Full Story On Supreme Court Justices [NOM]

So apparently Supreme Court justices are supposed to stop and ask "the people™" if they wanna cast a ballot before any legal decision is written. Right? Because that's really the only thing one can surmise from Brian's "above the scrutiny of the people's voice" claims. There was no legislative vote that brought a ballot initiative to the state. There was no vote that the court overruled, like in Prop 8. The Varnum court was tasked with weighing in on a constitutional matter and they did exactly as they were asked. Period. It's just that Brian and company aren't fans of the outcome, so they will now say and do whatever they think will turn a majority against both a minority population's rights and co-equal branch of government's fair-minded existence. Freedom be damned!

Oh, and the whole "values of working families" canard?! How offensive! Do LGBT people and their friends, allies, family members, and assorted supporters not work? Not have families? Not have values?! It might be politically convenient for Brian to further divide the nation in such a way -- but it's beyond reductive. Beyond insulting. Beyond American values. Beyond reasonable logic.

So in short: Typical NOM.

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**UPDATE: The ad is now up: New NOM/Iowa For Freedom strategy: Iowa judges wrong b/c of distance from Boston [G-A-Y]

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*Oh, shocking: Former Alabama judge Roy "homosexuality is an inherent evil against which children must be protected" Moore is joining NOM's fight:


[SOURCE: KCCI]

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