DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Several Republican state lawmakers say they will try to impeach four Iowa Supreme Court justices who joined in a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized gay marriage in the state.
Voters in November removed three other justices from the seven–member court after a campaign that focused on the gay marriage ruling. Those justices were up for retention elections in which voters can oust judges near the end of their terms.
Incoming House member Kim Pearson says the remaining justices should be impeached because she feels they overstepped their authority by overturning a state law that defined marriage as being between a man and a woman.
To succeed, an impeachment measure would require a simple majority of the Republican–led state House and a two–thirds majority of the Democratic–led state Senate.