Two years ago, Iowa voters kicked three of seven Iowa Supreme Court justices off the bench for their part in the unanimous Varnum v. Brien ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in Iowa.
On Nov. 6, Justice David Wiggins comes up for retention.
The group Justice Not Politics says campaigns urging Iowans to oust Wiggins are an effort to influence the judiciary. The group contends the 2010 vote was influenced by nearly $1 million in out-of-state groups that skewed public perception of the judiciary's role.
Former Iowa gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, the leader of Iowa for Freedom’s campaign to boot Wiggins and the founder of the conservative group Iowa Family Leader, calls the vote unfinished business. Had all seven justices been up for retention two years ago, all seven would have been removed from the court, Vander Plaats says.