DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican Gov.-elect Terry Branstad urged lawmakers Monday to let Iowans vote on a proposed gay marriage ban.
Speaking at a gathering organized by The Associated Press, Branstad noted that voters removed three Iowa Supreme Court justices after a campaign that targeted them for their support of a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in the state.
The court had ruled that a state law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples violated the constitutional right of equal protection.
It was the first time in nearly 50 years that voters had removed Supreme Court justices in retention elections.
“The Supreme Court, I think, made a tragic mistake in their decision on same-sex marriage,” said Branstad.
The voters of Iowa have overwhelmingly rejected three members of the Supreme Court because of it and I think we need to restore support for the judicial system, and one way to do that is to give people the opportunity to vote on restoring the one-man, one-woman marriage.”