Vote YES to retain Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins. His retention is being opposed by people who don’t like that he voted to overturn the Iowa law which had prohibited gay couples from getting married. He voted to overturn the law because it violated Iowan’s Constitutional right to be treated equally under the law. He correctly judged the case based on Iowa law. Those who oppose his retention don’t like the result, and they want to “shoot the messenger.”
The Iowa Constitution, in Article 1, Section 6 states: “All laws of a general nature shall have a uniform operation; the general assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms shall not equally belong to all citizens.”
Individuals and private organizations, such as churches, should be free to decide who they recognize as married and who they will associate with. But government, which by its nature uses force to make all people comply with the law, should treat people equally unless there is a rational and overwhelming public purpose to treat some people differently. It should not be easy for a majority to prevent the equal treatment of minorities by government. If there are enough Iowans who Iowa want to prohibit gay marriage, then they should work to amend our Constitution, not vote to oust a judge who properly followed our Iowa Constitution.