Iowa County Judge: Same-Sex Couples Can “Wed” in Iowa

A classic case of judicial abuse and activism.

DES MOINES, Iowa- A county judge struck down Iowa’s decade-old “gay marriage” ban as unconstitutional Thursday and ordered local officials to process marriage licenses for six gay couples.

Gay couples from anywhere in Iowa could apply for a marriage license from Polk County under Judge Robert Hanson’s ruling.

House Minority Leader Christopher Rants, R-Sioux City, said the ruling illustrates the need for a state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

“I can’t believe this is happening in Iowa,” he said. “I guarantee you there will be a vote on this issue come January,” when the Legislature convenes.

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4 Responses to “Iowa County Judge: Same-Sex Couples Can “Wed” in Iowa”

  1. Jason says:

    That’s the trouble with judicial activism: It’s okay when you win but not when you lose.

    Actually, politicians have for years railed at “activist judges” who make the law rather than interpret it. The trouble is that, in interpreting the law you are by definition making law; it’s just that some people don’t like the result. Conservatives who railed at the “activist” Warren court were only too happy to see the Burger and Rehnquist courts engage in judicial activism to reel in some of those liberal rulings.

    There is no question, judges are often “activists.” It is what they do. Two classic examples of judicial activism: Brown vs. Board of Education, striking down segregated schools, which everyone today seems to think is okay, and Bush vs. Gore, the decision declaring George W. Bush president, which a lot of folk saw as an outrage. Funny you didn’t hear squat about judicial activism from the fundies then, eh?

  2. Steve says:

    No, judicial activism is wrong on all accounts. The congress and the president make the laws, not the judicial system. Anything else is activism which is wrong and not what the founders of this country intended.
    It sounds like you’re still whining about the dems failed attempt to overthrow the rightfully elected government of the United States via the liberal courts.
    I’m sorry for you.

  3. Jason says:

    Hmm… I wasn’t really whining about anything, just pointing out the facts that any ruling a judge makes can be construed to be “activism” when he is simply interpreting the laws as is his job to do so… It all depends on the spin the opposition places upon the ruling…

  4. Steve says:

    Hey, you took out the rest of your comment!!
    You made a really good point with:
    “And according to the Constitution, the Supreme Court should have stayed out of the election altogether, but that’s another topic for another time I suppose…”
    I totally agree with you. Let me modify it a bit though:
    “The Courts should have stayed out of the election altogether.”
    All of the courts, both Dems and GOP should have stayed out. The state had a process for resolving these issues fairly and neither side allowed that process to take place.
    But like you said, that topic would probably do better on a different post.
    As for activism. if the judges followed common sense, it would be nice, but to get some of the opinions that they come up with is ridiculous!!

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