Occasionally, I’m glad to be wrong.
I figured Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins would lose his spot on the Iowa Supreme Court Tuesday. After watching what happened in 2010, I wasn’t optimistic.
But it was a different year and and a different outcome. Turns out Wiggins won retention by a fairly decent margin. I should have had more faith in the voters.
I should have had more faith that voters would get it this time, that more of them would understand the importance of the retention issue and see through the warmed over distortions being served up yet again by the usual suspects. His opponents focused their campaign solely on Wiggins’ role in the unanimous 2009 ruling striking down Iowa’s ban on same-sex marriage. So for those of us who support that ruling and the marriage equality it yielded, it’s a nice victory.
I’ll have to look at the numbers in the light of day to get a better sense of what happened. And with control of the Iowa Senate still not determined, the story of Iowa’s marriage future remains incomplete.
Maryland and Maine approved measures making same-sex marriage legal, while a ballot measure in Washington had a lead late into the night. The vote on a measure to ban same-sex marriage in Minnesota is still too close to call at this hour, although it appears to be lacking the support needed for passage. A president who came out in favor of equality won re-election. We may be seeing a historic turning point. Stay tuned.