From The Iowa Independent:
National anti-gay groups unite to target Iowa judges
The campaign to oust three Iowa Supreme Court justices over a 2009 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage has attracted the attention of some of the most influential conservative organizations in America, each working together and sharing materials, funding and staff with Iowa groups and churches.
That coordination will be on full display next week, when anti-gay marriage groups and politicians will hold 20 events in four days around the state hoping to rally public opinion against Iowa judges.
The face of the campaign, Bob Vander PlaatsÂ’ group Iowa for Freedom, is a project of Mississippi-based American Family Association. But they are not alone. The Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council, Arizona-based Alliance Defense Fund, Georgia-based Faith & Freedom Coalition and New Jersey-based National Organization for Marriage all bring direct funding or in-kind legal and promotional support to local organizations looking to oust the justices.
Â“They have chosen to come into Iowa because we have marriage rights for people who are gay and lesbian and they want to test in Iowa whether or not they can do something about that,Â” Interfaith Alliance of Iowa Executive Director Connie Ryan Terrell said. Â“So they are going after our judges and justices.Â”
Terrell believes people throughout the country should take special note of what happens in IowaÂ’s retention vote, as it could become a template for similar initiatives nationwide.
Â“People need to be aware that it seems this year all of the very right wing organizations have Iowa in their sights,Â” Ryan Terrell said in a phone interview. Â“ThatÂ’s a scary proposition for our state and should be a red flag to Iowans. The fact that we have drawn so much attention from outside organizations, so much money is being spent by extreme religious right organizations Â— they are dumping money into our state.Â”
Read more at The Iowa Independent.