Freedom to Marry Urges Iowa Legislature to Protect Iowa Families, Reject Anti-Gay Amendment

A statement from Evan Wolfson, Founder and Executive Director of Freedom to Marry, urging the Iowa Legislature to reject a bill introduced today that would harm Iowa families by amending the state constitution to strip away the freedom to marry from same-sex couples and bar other protections for their families.

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New York Times: Impeachment as intimidation

The New York Times editorial board: "The nation’s democracy and cherished rights rely on keeping court decision-making above the fickle tugs of ordinary politics. Ousting judges to register disagreement with a particular court decision is a dangerous road to go down."

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Maryland set to expand gay rights to include the freedom to marry

Maryland is poised to become the sixth state to legally honor the marriages of same-sex couples as proponents say they believe they have enough support to pass such a measure in the upcoming legislative session.

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Op-Ed: End the impeachment war on judges

Bert Brandenburg: "For more than 200 years, a safety barrier has protected our nation's courts and our democracy. No matter how controversial the case or unpopular the ruling, no state or federal judge has been impeached for an opinion issued from the bench."

"In the next few months, that may change. The fight is being waged by political operatives in Iowa, but every state should be watching."

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Vander Plaats’ actions in Iowa self-serving

The WCF Courier's editorial board points out that after scoring a victory of sorts when Iowa voters decided not to retain three Iowa Supreme Court justices last month, Bob Vander Plaats is at it again.
,br/>This time he's calling for the remaining four justices to step down from the state's high court. His request is in response to the court's unanimous April 2009 ruling that effectively legalized the freedom to marry in Iowa.

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Rekha Basu: So much for the old civics rules

Iowa has been giving the country an odd civics lesson, one that seems to defy the rules you learned in school about honoring the respective roles of branches of government, and keeping religion and politics out of the judicial process.

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ACLU of Iowa: Vander Plaats’ demands are irresponsible

The demands of Bob Vander Plaats for Iowa’s remaining four Supreme Court justices to resign is vengeful and irresponsible, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa said today.

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Will of voters should not guide judges

The Des Moines Register Editorial Board: Judges should never be discouraged from protecting the rights of minorities based on popular opinion of the electorate.

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Donate today and we’ll double your donation

Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge explain why they've committed to matching every contribution to Freedom to Marry between now and the end of the year, up to $100,000.

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The freedom to marry a plus for travel

Since only five states in the country and Washington D.C. legally recognize the freedom to marry, gays and lesbians who don’t live in one of those places, must travel to tie the knot.

This means an uptick in travel and tourism to those five states and the nation’s capital.

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