Lambda Legal is holding a virtual town hall at 1 pm ET at Drake University. The event, which features Sharon Malheiro, Founder and Board Chair, One Iowa, Jim Bennett, Midwest Regional Director, Lambda Legal, Donna Red Wing, Executive Director, One Iowa, and special guest Zach Wahls, is streaming live online.
Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP…
In 2009, the Iowa Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in Lambda Legalâs lawsuit Varnum v. Brien striking down Iowaâs marriage ban and extending the freedom to marry to gay and lesbian couples. Since then, gay and lesbian couples in Iowa have been able to legally wed.
In response, well-funded antigay groups launched an outright attack on Iowaâs courts and the freedom to marry, resulting in the ousting of three well-respected Iowa Supreme Court justices during a retention election. This mean-spirited campaign was designed to intimidate judges in Iowa and across the nation and fuel a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of the judiciary in our democracy.