Thursday, December 04, 2008

Iowa Supreme Court To Hear Gay Marriage Case

Reason For Planned Challenge In Iowa
- Iowa Supreme Court Deemed Gay Friendly -

Judicial Activism At It's Worst

On December the 9th at 9:00 a.m., the Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments from both sides of the same sex marriage issue. The case is an appeal of the August 30th, 2007 decision by Judge Robert Hanson which declared unconstitutional Iowa’s Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).

The Court will hear arguments from an attorney for Lambda Legal, an eastern United States gay activist organization supporting Judge Hanson’s decision and from the Polk County Attorney’s Office representing the people of the State of Iowa. The Court would not allow attorneys who would represent the Legislature to take part in the hearing. They have, however, filed a brief defending Iowa’s DOMA as a constitutional law.

The Iowa Supreme Court, which was evaluated by a gay activist organization, was deemed by them as gay friendly. That is one of the reasons Lambda Legal chose Iowa as one of the states in which they filed a challenge. By reviewing the judges’ records and other public information, they deemed Chief Justice Marsha K. Ternus, Justice Brent Appel and Justice David Wiggins extremely pro-gay; Justice Mark S. Cady, Justice Daryl L. Hecht, Justice Jerry L. Larson and Justice Michael J. Streit as pro-gay.

Only two states, Massachusetts and Connecticut, offer legal same sex marriages...
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