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08/13/2012

NOM, Family Leader to politicize another judicial retention vote simply b/c they don't agree w/ ruling

by Jeremy Hooper

Here we go again. Bob Vander Plaats, Brian Brown, and all of the rest of the folks who think that Iowa's courts should be shaped by mountains of (largely) out-of-state money are gearing up to oust yet another one of the unanimous panel of Supreme Court judges who backed marriage equality for same-sex couples:

To kick off the campaign, Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage pledged that his organization would provide a match of up to $100,000 the contributions that are made during the next two weeks.
Campaign launched to oust high court justice [Quad-City Times]

And just like last time, this so-called Iowans For Freedom coalition is (a) likely to be successful for the reasons I've laid out before, but (b) their "success" will change absolutely nothing regarding marriage equality in Iowa.

Let's call this what it is: A naked ploy to draw social conservatives to the polls, to raise money and build lists for socially conservative groups like NOM, and to give the illusion of momentum to those who the anti-equality voices have convinced are the "victims" in this whole debate over basic fairness. This is a disturbingly political effort masking as fairness. As populism. As democracy. As freedom.

But hey, don't worry Iowa—you still have two other branches of government that the social conservatives have yet to target for cynical, divisive gain.

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