Diary

Iowa's options

As everyone knows by now, Iowa’s supreme court has flipped it’s collective bird to the people of Iowa by ruling that their law about marriage being between a man and a woman is “unconstitutional”.

Here in Minnesota we’re watching the judicial lawlessness in Iowa with a nervous eye. Our Senate Democrats have managed to keep the “Marriage Amendment” off the ballot, so we are just as vulnerable to a lawless court as Iowa was.

So what are Iowa’s options at this point? A Constitutional amendment is not possible until 2010 at the earliest, and their Democrats have made it clear they will block any effort in that direction.

The governor COULD stand up for the people of Iowa by “tak[ing] care that the laws are faithfully executed.” Iowa Constitution Sec. 9, and declaring null and void the lawless ruling from the activist court. He’s a Democrat though, so don’t expect miracles.

There is one more option, the people’s option:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.” – Declaration of Independence