The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) won a hard-fought victory in Iowa today, getting three of the judges who ruled for marriage equality in Iowa booted from that state’s Supreme Court:
In Iowa, which declared Iowa’s marriage ban unconstitutional under the state’s constitution in 2009, the National Organization for Marriage got one of its first electoral victories this year. The judicial retention elections appear to have resulted in the replacement of all three justices up for a vote this year.
Here, as of 1:15 a.m. and with 1615 out of 1774 precincts reporting, are the Iowa Secretary of State’s election results:
Supreme Court Justice – David L. Baker
Yes Non-Partisan 402392 45.69%
No Non-Partisan 478297 54.31%
Supreme Court Justice – Michael J. Streit
Yes Non-Partisan 402113 45.57%
No Non-Partisan 480307 54.43%
Supreme Court Justice – Marsha Ternus
Yes Non-Partisan 397094 44.95%
No Non-Partisan 486407 55.05%
Statements from HRC and Courage Campaign leadership:
Human Rights Campaign president Joe Solmonese said in a statement about the loss, “By their own admission, NOM’s Iowa strategy was about sending a warning shot to judges nationwide. NOM and its secret donors will continue to target judges around the country if they rule in favor of marriage equality and will foster an anti-gay, hostile environment in the process.”
Meanwhile, the Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs said in the same statement, “Having seen its extremist agenda increasingly rejected by the courts and the American people, it is telling that NOM has now settled on a strategy of evading tax and election laws and trying to intimidate judges. These are the tactics one might expect from Al Capone, not a credible political organization.”
How these judges will be replaced, and by whom, is not immediately clear. The incumbent governor, Democrat Chet Culver, is leaving office and a Republican, Terry Branstand, will replace him.