Marriage Activists Square Off over Iowa Justices

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Advocates and opponents of gay marriage rallied in Iowa on Monday over the state Supreme Court's unanimous ruling last year legalizing same-sex matrimony.
    
Iowa voters will decide next Tuesday whether three judges - Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, and justices David Baker and Michael Streit - should keep their jobs.  Under state law, their positions are up for renewal and will be on the ballot.
    
The Family Research Council and other family groups are encouraging voters to send a message that the judicial branch has no business legislating from the bench.    

"On a nationwide level, it's a constant struggle to impress upon people that no matter what we do in electing good legislators at the state or federal level and electing good executives, governors or president in a sense it won't be effective if one judge or one panel of judges can strike down everything that they do," Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, told CBN News.

"We are going to send a message all the way across America. These judges are rogue judges and they're arrogant," Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King told an assembled crowd on Monday.
    
Supporters of the judges say removing them will lead to a damaged judicial system. 

"The removal of judges across Iowa would shut down entire communities and shut down our legal system," Eugene Meyer, commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety, said. "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."
    
Meanwhile, the Family Research Council is spearheading a 4-day bus tour across Iowa to rally voter support.

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