Sunday, August 19, 2012


"At some point in our lifetime, gay marriage won't be an issue, and everyone who stood against this civil right will look as outdated as George Wallace standing on the school steps keeping James Hood from entering the University of Alabama because he was black." ― George Clooney

THE BELOW GRAPHIC is compliments of Gwendolyn Jensen-Woodard. Her Facebook posts are the bomb. They're progressive, compassionate, pithy, funny and sometimes snarky — in short, just my cup of tea.

Gwen is the daughter of my longtime friend, Larry HorrellLarry and I were friends in Pullman, Washington where I was in graduate school at Washington State University, Larry was an undergraduate and Gwen was a baby. 

Speaking of my former state, the last time I mentioned it in Hey Look was in February when gay marriage was legalized there. A month later Maryland also voted to make same-sex marriage legal, making it the eighth state to grant marriage equality. 

Iowa has the proud distinction of being the third state in the country to legalize same-sex marriage, and Iowan Zach Wahls has been a powerful spokesperson on behalf of equality. Below is Zach's interview with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show

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In other news, former Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and former Justices David Baker and Michael Streit who were ousted in a 2010 judicial retention vote as reactionary punishment for ruling that allowing gay marriage does not violate the Iowa Constitution, received John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage awards May 7 presented by Caroline Kennedy.

Below is what the San Francisco Chronicle had to say about the ceremony:

Ternus, Baker and Streit were among seven justices who decided in 2009 that an Iowa law restricting marriage to a man and a woman violated the state's constitution. Conservative groups and other gay marriage foes spent about $1 million on a political campaign to oust the judges, who chose not to raise money or campaign to avoid dragging the judiciary into politics.

"We recognized that opposition would surface. We were not naive," Baker said at the award ceremony. "Had we chosen to form campaign committees and actively campaigned, we would have tacitly admitted that we were what we claimed not to be — politicians."

That decision by the three judges was courageous in light of the divisive campaign that was unleashed against them, Kennedy said.

"For judges to be targeted for an individual decision is really something that threatens the liberty of all Americans and that's what happened in this case. So the award is intended to both to honor their decision and also make people more aware of the dangers and the threat to an independent judiciary, which is something all Americans should value." Kennedy told The Associated Press.

"The bedrock of our democracy is the rule of law and that means we have to have an independent judiciary, judges who can make decisions independent of the political winds that are blowing," said Kennedy, who is a lawyer.

The danger of politicizing the judiciary is particularly pronounced in areas where state and county judges spend growing amounts of money to get elected or fend off electoral challenges sponsored by groups promoting narrow agendas, she said.

"People aren't so much aware of it, but it's happening in judicial races much more than it ever did before, on the local level and even further up," Kennedy said.

Ternus, the former chief justice, said: "Efforts to intimidate the judiciary and to turn judges into politicians or theologians in robes undermine fair and impartial justice and will, over time, destroy the ability and willingness of judges to do their duty as faithful guardians of the constitution."

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