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Iowa: Judge judged by jury of anti-queers

by Jeremy Hooper

200801241737Those anti-gay activists who are trying to impeach Iowa district court judge Robert Hanson for ruling last August that the state's ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional, today submitted 6000+ petition signatures to the state Capitol:

Activists pushes to impeach judge over gay marriage ruling [Siox City Journal]

Relatedly, we also hear that on the way into the Capitol building, a hot dog vendor told head activist Bill Salier that it was cold outside, yet Mr. Salier only found it to be moderately cool; the security guard wore black socks, when Mr. Salier thinks blue would've been more appropriate; and the clerk who took his petitions told him "to have a nice day," yet Mr. Salier thinks such a salutation is a jinx -- so he will now try and have all fired for simply seeing the world differently than he does.

We'll be sure to let you know of any of the aforementioned people lose their jobs because they performed in a way that social conservatives do not see fit. That is, of course, unless Mr. Salier tries to put us out of operation because he disagrees with our assessment that he's a reactionary extremist who needs to realize that the constitution was not written exclusively for white, heterosexual, Christian men who get to decide which rights the rest of us will be fortunate enough to receive.

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Very well said because that's exactly what these groups think they have the right to do. It's infuriating.

Posted by: Shane | Jan 24, 2008 6:11:09 PM

If you have not yet read his ruling, you should. It was very clear and logical. I am watching to see what the higher court does with the decision and if they overturn it, what reasons they give on each point. The judge in this case clearly did his research and there were numerous briefs filed by both sides, so those who are arguing he is an "activist" judge clearly do not like the ruling without bothering to know any of the facts regarding the decision or why it was made.

Posted by: Todd | Jan 24, 2008 7:26:32 PM

Todd: Yes, it was 100% rational. Just like virtually every other decision that comes down on the side of equality. If you throw out the right's duplicitous "child protection" arguments, respect the freedom we all have to live without religious persecution, and actually interpret the constitution, then there is no reasoned basis for coming down against fairness!!

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 24, 2008 7:30:43 PM

You have to take heart by the comments left on the newspaper's website. Not all of Iowa is a bible toting Mike Hucka-wanta-bee

Posted by: mary in Iowa | Jan 25, 2008 10:50:11 AM

Mary: I'd be willing to be the vast majority of Iowans (or Americans) are not! If left-leaners and middle-of-the-roaders could rally as effectively as the far right, it's be a much different nation.

Posted by: G-A-Y | Jan 25, 2008 11:10:05 AM

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