Iowa GOP Moves to Impeach Justices for Marriage Equality Decision

The Iowa GOP has "filed four articles of impeachment, one for each remaining member of the Iowa Supreme Court that participated in an April 2009 decision that struck down a legislative ban on same-sex marriage as a violation of the state’s equal protection clause," the Iowa Independent reports.

Iowajudges The four House resolutions target Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady (HR 48) and Justices Brent Appel (HR 47), Daryl Hecht (HR 49) and David Wiggins (HR 50) for “malfeasance in office” specifically for their ruling in the Varnum v. Brien case, saying that each justice “exercis[ed] functions properly belonging to the legislative and executive departments.”

The four GOP lawmakers offering the resolutions were Reps. Tom Shaw of Laurens, Dwayne Alons of Hull, Betty De Boef of What Cheer, Glen Massie of Des Moines and Kim Pearson of Pleasant Hill.

Right Wing Watch notes:

Bob Vander Plaats, the anti-gay activist who led the drive to remove the Justices and heads The Family Leader, has previously called for the resignation of the entire Supreme Court and advocated for their removal over the marriage equality ruling in Varnum v. Brien. He is also building ties with likely presidential candidates as Gingrich, Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul and Herman Cain have either addressed or plan to speak during The Family Leader’s “presidential lecture series.”

Iowa's Governor Terry Branstad, who has expressed his desire to have the judges removed by vote when they are up for retention, said in January that he didn't not believe impreachment was an appropriate measure to be taken.


  1. Baby Jane says

    The GOP sure doesn’t seem to be looking to cut frivolous spending.

    Also, why does the GOP want to erode our system of checks and balances?

  2. Kas says

    No good deed goes unpunished. The GOP is out of touch with mainstream America and I cannot imagine their recent resurgence can be maintained.

  3. CRISPY says

    Why stop at impeachment? I’m surprised Vander Plaats isn’t calling for the death penalty. He’s getting lazy.

  4. Rich F. says

    “Iowa’s Governor Terry Branstad, who has expressed his desire to have the judges removed by vote when they are up for retention, said in January that he ****didn’t not believe*** impeachment was an appropriate measure to be taken.”

    Double negative there, Andy.

  5. Hells Kitchen says

    Can we make it mandatory for Americans to take an American History and Government refresher course at some point in their adult lives, say around 35?

    I get so angry when I hear complaints about legislating from the bench. The judicial system is doing its job- telling the legislative branch that they’re creating laws that are unconsitutional. They don’t legislate. They have no authority to. They interpret.

    Checks and balances, b*tches. Another reason this country rocks (or has the potential to).

  6. Disgusted Gay American says

    Wow…these Republican Fools just can’t let thier Blatant Bigotry go can they? Helloooo…wake up! How is anyone marrying affecting you..? If anything it’s brought revenue into Iowa, when it’s sorely needed. Look these legislators can’t even do thier jobs…..they can’t get past the fact that the Iowa Constitution Treats ALL Iowans Equally……awe, what a Disappointment to the GOP / America’s Taliban Party. All this crap they’re doin’ is a REPEAT….of things that Losers like them tried to do back in the 60’s when Inter-racial Marriage Ban was lifted…..Ohh the Outrage was just as bad. I was Only a Kid, but I remember hearing it…. “Why don’t those N’s keep to themselves”? “Why aren’t they happy marrying thier own kind”? “Why do they want Our White Women”? etc etc etc……..Oh and IF you were white and had empathy towards blacks …you were considered a “N-Lover” …and all this – again, was under the guise of Religion. LOL ..the party of small gov’t my Ass

  7. Rob says

    For a party to claim such close allegiance to the US Constitution, they certainly are ignorant of its contents. Stupidity must rank high on the list of GOPer politician identity traits.

  8. Glenn says

    I can never tell whether this people are: (1) stupid, in that they don’t realize the sort of long-term damage this kind of move would have on the credibility of the courts; (2) evil, in that they do realize it, but are so hateful towards gay people that they think it’s worth it anyway; or (3) completely cynical, in that that they know this impeachment isn’t going anywhere and they’re just trying to score cheap political points. I guess the 3 are not mutually exclusive.

  9. says

    Did I just see that piece of Opus Dei sh*t Rick Santorum mentioned in this piece ?
    He is the ultimate bigot….

    Yeah, F*** the Constitution, f*** equal rights ! We GOP will have what we white folks want…….
    And we want the judges to do as we tell them… more of these judicial discussions on what is constitutional or not ……..
    It’s all about what we want…..not about protections under the law…..

  10. Rowan says

    Thank god we have Peter Thatchell and Stonewall-however they are hated.

    They would never let something like this happen. You can moan and type all you want but WTF was IOWA equality doing when this happened and what the hell are they doing now????

    I bet they go around sending nice little postcards of cute and elderly gay couples with a ‘please help us get married. Pretty please’. And then ask for a donation that I guess goes on coffee, sandwiches or their fees because it sure as hell does not go on any strategic plans or delivery!

  11. AJ says

    Meanwhile, gas prices are skyrocketing and a lot of people cannot find work. but a bunch of people that you don’t know and don’t WANT to know you getting married affects you how…? WHY don’t they focus on the things that matter and quit trying to barge into people’s private lives with their bigotry? It’s nothing but a huge distraction to the fact that the country is STILL falling apart, financially.

  12. Mike Triggs says

    What do you want to bet there isn’t a one of those legislators who introduced the articles of impeachment have ever read the Varnum decision? Idiots.