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Iowa Chief Justice To Meet With Marriage Equality Critic

Chief Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court Mark Cady has agreed to meet with bigot Chuck Hurley, one of the most vocal critics of Iowa's introduction of marriage equality. Hurley, head of a new conservative group called The FAMiLY, says that he will take the opportunity to ask Cady to “pray and search his heart” and step down from the bench.

Chuck “This court thinks they’re smarter than nature,” Hurley says. “…In the opinion, the justices said that they’re holding the constitution up to an evolving standard and our view is that some things, like marriage, are transcendent.” Hurley says the judiciary needs to be “subordinate” to not only the other branches of government and to the people, but to the laws of nature. ”Sodomy was called a crime against nature for centuries,” Hurley says.

While Hurley plans to ask the chief justice to resign — and to convince the three other justices to follow him off the court — Hurley doesn’t expect the meeting to be confrontational. ”And as far as getting into hateful personality, casting aspersions, that’s not who I am and I don’t think that’s who Mark Cady is,” Hurley says.

Hurley, who is a lawyer, says impeachment is a “big deal” that requires serious contemplation, so The FAMily Leader organization isn’t ready to endorse impeaching the four justices who remain on the court. “They could help heal this state quickly and resolve this issue,” Hurley says, “and orderly resign over time.”

Cady revealed on Friday that he has no regrets about voting for marriage equality.

You may remember Hurley's nonsensical claim last year that "secondhand impacts of certain homosexual acts are arguably more destructive, and potentially more costly to society than smoking."

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  1. Hurley can't be much of a lawyer if he expects a coequal branch of the government to be subordinate!

    Posted by: RedCedar | Jan 16, 2011 7:22:45 PM

  2. He looks gay to me.

    Posted by: Danny | Jan 16, 2011 7:27:46 PM

  3. Isn't "the Family" Charlie Manson's old gig?

    Posted by: AKChris | Jan 16, 2011 7:49:39 PM

  4. @Danny: Oh yeah. I dated him years ago.

    Posted by: DougChgo | Jan 16, 2011 7:50:08 PM

  5. "The Family" is also the name of a very well connected, secretive Christo-fascist political lobbying organization in Washington, DC:

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 16, 2011 8:16:04 PM

  6. If they get rid of the gays in Iowa, who will they then blame for the state's problems?

    Posted by: jak | Jan 16, 2011 8:25:06 PM

  7. *
    Talk about need a refresher in American Civics .. expecting a Co-Equal Branch of Government to be subordinate shows a willful disregard for our system of governance.


    Posted by: Chapeau | Jan 16, 2011 9:39:47 PM

  8. Actually, Hurley's group is called "the Family Leader".

    Posted by: Jon Trouten | Jan 16, 2011 10:53:28 PM

  9. “This court thinks they’re smarter than nature,”
    No, just smarter than bigots like you

    "Hurley says the judiciary needs to be “subordinate” to not only the other branches of government"
    The branches were formed with checks and balances for a reason. No one branch is fully “subordinate" to another.

    ”Sodomy was called a crime against nature for centuries,”
    And they were wrong.

    Posted by: ravewulf | Jan 16, 2011 11:09:46 PM

  10. Hurley is an undeniable ignorant bigot. Gays are part of nature, it is our nature to be homosexual. No one is going against nature.

    Posted by: Tre | Jan 16, 2011 11:28:41 PM

  11. does he really think only homosexuals commit sodomy?

    Posted by: Chris | Jan 16, 2011 11:49:58 PM

  12. Does he really think that all homosexuals engage in sodomy?

    Posted by: David R. | Jan 17, 2011 1:40:07 AM

  13. Who actually thinks they're smarter than nature;hmmm, mr. Hurley? From what I've read, gays are a natural barrier to heterosexual over population. nature is, after all all about balance. Something an unbalanced mind has difficulty understanding.

    Posted by: Woodroad34 | Jan 17, 2011 2:58:52 AM

  14. He's got the worst case of dandruff I ever seed! Paging Industrial Strength Head and Shoulders! I wouldn't sodomize that with a 10 foot pole!

    Posted by: kodiak | Jan 17, 2011 6:53:01 PM

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