Key Ballot Measures Weigh Traditional Values

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Voters in several states could reign in their state courts and provide a check to the judicial system in the process, Tuesday.

The following are a few key ballot measures affecting traditional values.

Click play for Heather Sells' updated report, followed by analysis on the ballot measures with CBN News' John Waage and David Brody, as well as Carrie Lukes of the Independent Women's Voice.

Three Judges Not Retained by Voters - Projected to Be Removed.

In Iowa, conservatives are honing in on a retention vote for three of the state's seven Supreme Court justices.   

Conservatives in the Hawkeye State want the judges off the bench for a unanimous 2009 ruling that overturned the 1998 Defense of Marriage Act and legalized gay marriage.

"They simply disregarded 160 years of Iowa Supreme Court law.  They disregarded our legislature.  They disregarded the will of the people," said Jeff Mullen, senior pastor of Point of Grace Church in Waukee, Iowa.
    
Opponents say it's wrong to vote the justices off based on one judicial ruling, adding that such a move would damage the judicial system.

"I don't think any of us can contemplate the breakdown of our legal system should anything close to what they're proposing take place," Eugene Meyer, commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said.

Oklahoma v. Islam - Passed.

Meanwhile in Oklahoma, lawmakers have proposed the International Law amendment. The measure would forbid state's courts from relying on international or Sharia law when deciding cases.
    
The bill's sponsor, state Rep. Rex Duncan, R-Okla., calls the bill a preemptive strike.

"In New Jersey, a lower state court ruled against a Muslim woman who sought a restraining order against her husband," Duncan said. "Her husband's defense was no crime was committed, because as a follower of Sharia law he hadn't committed a crime."
    
Those opposed to the measure say fears over the influence of Islamic Sharia law are exaggerated and that the New Jersey case is one-of-a-kind.

California Going to Pot? - Projected to Fail.
     
In California, marijuana is the hot-button issue. Proposition 19 would allow adults to possess up to one ounce of the weed for personal use. 
     
Legalizing it could save the cash-strapped state millions of dollars in law enforcement costs. However, it would also put the Golden State at odds with federal law.

"It is difficult for the street line deputy to make arrests on federal cases," Prop 19 supporter Kyle Kazan said. "They just don't do that. As a former police officer, I can tell you, I did not arrest people for federal laws."
 
Fight for Life in Colorado - Failed.

And in Colorado, pro-life supporters are hoping to jump-start their movement with Amendment 62. The measure defines a person as "every human being from the beginning of the biological development of that human being."
     
Supporters believe the measure could lay a legal foundation to end abortion. Opponents say it would limit the ability of women to make their own health care decisions.

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