Iowa Supreme Court justice David Wiggins was retained by 54.4 percent of Iowa voters, according to unofficial ballot results Wednesday. Wiggins had received 666,470 “Yes” votes to 556,071 “No” votes, with about 98 percent of the state’s precincts reporting, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.
Justices Edward Mansfield, Bruce Zager and Thomas Waterman also were retained, each gaining about 74 percent of the votes.
Conservative activist Bob Vander Plaats and special interest groups launched an aggressive campaign to oust Wiggins for his part in the 2009 Varnum decison, which led to legalizing same-sex marriage in Iowa. Three justices lost their retention vote in 2010 over the ruling.
In the wake of Wiggins’ retention vote, do you think legislators should give voters a chance to weigh in on a constitutional amendment defining marriage?