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]
Shaw and Alons should try looking up "separation of powers" in the google machine. They'll be amazed.
Overturning such a law would be easy-peasy, given that it's punitive on its face, but, the judges lose just by filing such a suit, because the opposition would then portray them as money-grubbers living off the government tit (regardless of the facts of the case).
The simple fact is that portions of this country are run by a bunch of mean-spirited fuckwits with the IQs of turnips. And as long as the people there want to be represented by mean-spirited fuckwits with the IQs of turnips, nothing will change.
if only gays DID RECRUIT.
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