January 28, 2008
Failed Attempt to Impeach Judge Who Ruled in Favor of Gay Marriage
A State district court judge (Robert Hansen) ruled that Iowa's DOMA violated the Iowa constitution in Aug., 2007. The decision was stayed pending appeal to the State Supreme Court after just one couple was officially married.
Now, a conservative organization seeks to compel the state legislature impeach Judge Hansen and has filed petitions with over 6,000 signatures with the Iowa legislature. However, both houses of the state legislature are controlled by Democrats, who, reportedly, state that they have no intention of impeaching the judge. See Article in 365 Gay.com. The Iowa Constitution states that a judge may be removed for good cause by the State Supreme Court only on recommendation by a commission or by impeachment of the legislature--not due to the recommendation of the public (or the actions of one conservative group, for that matter).
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