DES MOINES, Iowa -- In an unprecedented move, and after a nearly three month long campaign by conservative activists, Iowa voters chose not to retain three state Supreme Court justices who helped overturn a ban on same-sex marriage in the state. Groups based out-of-state like the American Family Association, Citizens United , the Family Research Council and the National Organization for Marriage were large supporters of the push to oust the judges. NOM declared it a victory and suggested more efforts would be coming nationwide. The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law by then-Gov.
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Arkansas Gov. The National Organization for Marriage has joined the effort to oust three Iowa Supreme Court judges who voted in favor of gay marriage. The remaining four judges are not on the ballot this year. The campaign to remove the judges kept a low profile until last month when former gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats announced plans to spearhead the movement. The Sioux City businessman has rented office space and hired six staffers to man his Iowa for Freedom campaign.
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Obama administration staff immediately tried to deny that Biden had said anything newsworthy. The president sets the policy. I am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women marrying another are entitled to the same exact rights, all the civil rights, all the civil liberties. Gregory followed up by asking whether the Obama administration would support marriage equality in a second term. But not so fast :.
Three ousted Iowa Supreme Court Justices whom outraged voters removed from office, after they legalized same-sex marriage in , are being honored today by the Kennedy family for their "political courage. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award" for having ruled that a state law limiting marriage to a man and woman was unconstitutional, the Des Moines Register reported. Voters believed the state's legislature -- not its Supreme Court -- ought to have the final say on same-sex marriage in Iowa.