But the determination of several Republicans in the Iowa Legislature to do their impression is the kind of thing that is bound to keep the GOP on the cutting edge of social issues -- in that they will bleed badly from them.
A group of conservatives in the Iowa state House have filed a measure that would cut the pay of state Supreme Court Justices by around 80 percent — but only for the ones who voted to legalize same sex marriage in 2009.Yeah, it's not a punishment, it's just for voting in a manner we don't like. Totally not punishment.
But Republican state Reps. Tom Shaw and Dwayne Alons insisted to The Gazette on Tuesday that the reduction in pay was not a punishment.
“It’s our responsibility to maintain the balance of power,” Shaw explained. “We’re just holding them responsible for their decision, for going beyond their bounds.”
Hard to believe that unassailable logic, huh?'
Meanwhile, in Iowa, like the rest of the nation, the public has come to accept gay marriage in ever increasing numbers.
[cross-posted at Firedoglake]