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Iowa PAC Forms to Unseat Justices Who Legalized Gay Marriage

A group of anti-gay Iowans has formed the Common Sense PAC, intended to unseat three Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of the unanimous 7-0 2009 marriage equality ruling and who are on the ballot this year, the Des Moines Register reports:

Supreme  "Common Sense PAC is the first formal attempt to unseat the three justices who face a retention vote on Nov. 2: David Baker, Michael Streit and Chief Justice Marsha Ternus. The organization formed in May in response to the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court decision. But campaign organizers said their concern extends beyond the same-sex marriage ruling, to what they view as an out-of-check judiciary. 'We decided we've been sitting on the sidelines for way too long,' said Dennis Guth, a Klemme farmer and the group's spokesman. 'We needed to get involved.'...Black plywood signs made by the group appeared at least 10 times last week along the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, from Sioux City to Dubuque. The signs were designed to look like a ballot, with red check marks in the 'No' column for each justice. The group has bought enough material to make 75 signs, Guth said. The goal is to post at least one on every highway in Iowa. Guth said his group is not affiliated with the national Common Sense PAC, a Virginia-based committee that promotes conservative congressional candidates. The Iowa committee has spent $2,272, and had $1,392 on hand as of July 15, campaign finance records show. The group is financed by the chairman, John Wacker of rural Garner, and his family farm. About a dozen people have joined the campaign, Guth said."

In May it was reported that 2,020 same-sex couples had married in the state as of March 2010.

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  1. The politicization of the judiciary by the hard right is nothing short of un-American and blatantly unpatriotic. The judiciary's independence has been a fundamental cornerstone of American democracy since Marbury v. Madison. It's amazing how the hard right feels it necessary to "save" America by destroying it.

    Posted by: Will | Aug 6, 2010 9:44:55 AM

  2. Who cares. This story deals nothing about NY or CA

    Posted by: Ryan | Aug 6, 2010 9:49:29 AM

  3. fanatic type narcissist - including paranoid features. A severely narcissistically wounded individual, usually with major paranoid tendencies who holds onto an illusion of omnipotence.

    Church of Latter-day Saints
    Tim Wildmon, president of the antigay American Family Association
    Antigay group Concerned Women for America
    BISHOP HARRY JACKSON, anti-gay religious leader
    MAGGIE GALLAGHER, former President (NOM)

    1. excessive sensitivity to setbacks and rebuffs;
    2. tendency to bear grudges persistently, i.e. refusal to forgive insults and injuries or slights;
    3. suspiciousness and a pervasive tendency to distort experience by misconstruing the neutral or friendly actions of others as hostile or contemptuous;
    4. a combative and tenacious sense of personal rights out of keeping with the actual situation;
    5. recurrent suspicions, without justification, regarding sexual fidelity of spouse or sexual partner;
    6. tendency to experience excessive self-importance, manifest in a persistent self-referential attitude;
    7. preoccupation with unsubstantiated "conspiratorial" explanations of events both immediate to the patient and in the world at large.

    Narcissists are (a) extremely sensitive to personal criticism and (b) extremely critical of other people. They think that they must be seen as perfect or superior or infallible, next to god-like (if not actually divine, then sitting on the right hand of God) -- or else they are worthless. There's no middle ground of ordinary normal humanity for narcissists. They can't tolerate the least disagreement. In fact, if you say, "Please don't do that again -- it hurts," narcissists will turn around and do it again harder to prove that they were right the first time; their reasoning seems to be something like "I am a good person and can do no wrong; therefore, I didn't hurt you and you are lying about it now..." -- sorry, folks, I get lost after that. Anyhow, narcissists are habitually cruel in little ways, as well as big ones, because they're paying attention to their fantasy and not to you, but the bruises on you are REAL, not in your imagination.

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Aug 6, 2010 10:14:08 AM

  4. Ryan, who cares? So gay and lesbian people in Iowa don't count for much compared to New Yorkers and Californians?

    I care because people in Iowa may have their rights taken away from them. I care because what happens in Iowa will happen in other states if it succeeds there. I'm sure many others feel the same way I do.

    Wake the fuck up.

    Posted by: Will | Aug 6, 2010 10:21:02 AM

  5. Even if they were to unseat these justices, that wouldn't undo the court's previous decision and it wouldn't affect the 2,000+ marriages. Our opponents really still don't get it that the tens of thousands of same-sex marriages that have been performed in this country are not provisional or that the very existence of married gay people is no longer an open question.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Aug 6, 2010 11:18:32 AM

  6. Haha, Wacker! What an appropriate name for the leader of the PAC.

    Posted by: Ninong | Aug 6, 2010 12:51:59 PM

  7. As a lifelong Iowan and a legally married gay man, I care. Iowa has a long and proud history of standing at the forefront of civil rights. The very first decision the Iowa Supreme Court issued declared that all people have equal rights within our borders, and that a black slave became free the moment he set foot on Iowa soil.

    Posted by: Alex | Aug 7, 2010 2:34:53 AM

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