Iowans dismiss three justices who bac...

Iowans dismiss three justices who backed gay marriage

There are 24 comments on the CourierPostOnline story from Nov 3, 2010, titled Iowans dismiss three justices who backed gay marriage. In it, CourierPostOnline reports that:

Three Iowa Supreme Court justices lost their seats Tuesday in a historic upset fueled by their 2009 decision that allowed same-sex couples to marry.

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Jovan

Albuquerque, NM

#23 Nov 4, 2010
Clint wrote:
"congrats" to all on the turnout at the polls. We were able to show that interpretations of the "peoples" state constitution can not be amended or decided by the opinions of 7 people. The opinion of a Judge is no better than the opinions and views of the people of the state of Iowa. Well done Iowa!
Well answer this: If the judges's job is to simply agree with the majority, why bother having judges in the first place?

Could it possibly be that opinions of the electorate could be based mainly on their own views and personal biases whereas those of the judiciary are based on interpretation of the Cosntitution? Once again, why bother having judges if all they're going to do is agree with the majority?

Since: Jan 08

Si Mahosot, Thailand

#24 Nov 4, 2010
Jovan wrote:
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I agree. Now the governor or governor-elect will have to appoint 3 replacements for the ousted justices. The voters took a gamble; they do not know who they'll be getting and certainly didn't look at the big picture. My understanding was that the ruling in favor of same sex marriage was unanimous and that 4 of the justices are stiil in their seats. Now wouldn't it be funny if the same voters who voted to oust those judges found themselves actually needing judges who upheld the Constitution in matters that personally affected them? Karma has a way of setting things right.
I would call it poetic justice.

Since: Mar 09

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#25 Nov 4, 2010
whitefalcon1678 wrote:
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You have missed two crucial things.
First, Americans vote based on their moral beliefs, not practical needs.
Second, the two party system makes it impossible to progress as a country.
Americans are not as smart as we claim to be, not as powerful as we perceive ourselves to be, and not as tolerant as we brag about.
That's BS.

At the moment they are energized by fear as a result of the fallout from currupt financial practices by ... well ... just about everybody.

In true primitive fashion, they want to find someone to sacrifice to their true god, mammon, in the primitive hope that their will be a miracle.

The only thing that will solve this isn't some legislative tricks, but simply paying off debts to the point that there is a surplus to spend on the fripperies that make our "economy" run ... at least until we send even more of our money overseas to purchase bling and toys. Also reskilling our communities to be able to make and sell our functional needs instead of throwing our money (which never returns) to foreign producers of what we used to know how to make for ourselves.

People are RATIONALIZING dysfunctional punishing impulses, wrapped in terminology by slingsters working for a new crop of liars who want power.

"Morals" ? Yeah. The morality of the pocketbook.

The hypocrisy turns my stomach.

“Brutally honest. ”

Since: Nov 08

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#26 Nov 4, 2010
Clint wrote:
"congrats" to all on the turnout at the polls. We were able to show that interpretations of the "peoples" state constitution can not be amended or decided by the opinions of 7 people. The opinion of a Judge is no better than the opinions and views of the people of the state of Iowa. Well done Iowa!
Actually, the opinion of the judge IS better than the views of the people, because they are trained to interpret Constitutional law. And you are from Alabama so who the hell is 'we?'

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