This November, one of Iowa's Supreme Court justices is up for a retention vote. However, Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins isn't going to sit around and passively listen while out-of-state culture warriors destroy his career or character:
“If someone wants to attack me, I’m not going to let them bully me,” Wiggins said in a telephone interview last week with The Des Moines Register. “If asked to, I’ll speak up for myself. The others didn’t do that last time. I will.”BVP's The FAMiLY LEADER is already crowing about their fund-raising efforts to defeat Wiggins and to destroy my family and other gay families like it.
Wiggins this fall will become the fourth member of Iowa’s highest court to stand for a retention vote since the court issued a landmark 2009 decision legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. The unanimous Varnum v. Brien decision, which outraged social conservatives, made Iowa the first Midwestern state to sanction gay marriage.
However, it may be difficult for anti-gay voters to vote out Wiggins without harming his newest co-workers on the Iowa Supreme Court -- justices who had nothing to do with the Varnum V. Brien case that struck down the state's DOMA law and led the way for marriage equality in this state:
Wiggins will share November’s retention ballot with the three new justices who replaced Ternus, Streit and Baker. They are Edward Mansfield, Thomas Waterman and Bruce Zager. Any political campaign against Wiggins would require that would-be voters remember his name...
“Last time it was pretty easy because they all voted ‘no’ on all Supreme Court justices,” (ONE Iowa's Calla) Rongerude said. “This time, they would have to single out just Wiggins, and I think that’s going to be harder.”
Plus, some attitudes have changed in the intervening years, Rongerude believes. Iowans now appear to be focused mostly on economic concerns, she said. “To quote the president, people have evolved on this issue,” she said. “Ultimately, I think Iowans have moved on. I don’t think they’ll take the bait of a fringe special-interest group. I don’t think they’ll do that again...”