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.

Posted August 6, 2010 at 9:40am ETC by Andy Towle
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