Saturday, July 11, 2015

Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Two Controversial Decisions, Conclusion

Conclusion

     The Iowa Supreme Court has been making decisions that not every agrees with since 1839. 2009 was not the first decision they made that was considered controversial. They do not have the authority or power to act as the state legislative and executive branches of government. They do have the power and authority to interpret the state constitution and the laws within based on how it is written and changed by the legislative and executive branches of Iowa's government. The accusations of the Iowa Supreme Court "legislating from the bench". is wrong, incorrect, has no basis and no logical or reasonable proof support the claims and accusations. There are more than one way to change the laws in Iowa. When the time came to do so political leaders decided to push to have the Iowa Supreme Court justices removed from the bench rather than push for a constitutional convention where the laws could have and likely would have been changed. Even with the removal of the justices the laws are still the same as they were and marriage equality, which includes same sex marriage is still allowed in Iowa. Even if he legislative and executive branches of Iowa's government do propose an amendment to define marriage in Iowa as between a man and a woman it will very difficult to impossible to change what has already been done. By the time the next constitutional convention is able to be voted on, in 2020, marriage equality will be so deeply seeded into Iowa's culture and heritage even if the convention is called it will not change anything.

Previous articles in the series:
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Introduction
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, History and Introduction
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 1619
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 1846
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 1861
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 1863
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 1864
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 1865
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 1865 to 1990
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 1990's
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 1990 to Present
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, Artifacts, Book and CD
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 2002
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, Celebrations and Photos
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 2003 to 2004
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 2009 to 2010
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, 2012 to 2015
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Juneteenth, Flags
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, Introduction
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, Iowa Civil Rights Timeline
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1839
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1868
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1869
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1873
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1884
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1925
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1905 to 1940
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1930
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1948
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1949
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1965
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1967
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1968
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1970
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1972
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1979
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1980
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 1990
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 2007
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, 2009
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Working Toward Equality, Resolving Conflicts/The Work Continues
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Two Controversial Decisions, Thesis and a Brief History of the Iowa Territory
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Two controversial Decisions, The Story of Ralph Montgomery
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: The Story of David Rorer
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Two Controversial Decisions, Other Progressive Decisions made in the State of Iowa
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Two Controversial Decisions, Marriage Equality in Iowa
Freedom and Civil Rights in Iowa: Two Controversial Decisions, Iowa Constitutional Convention and 2015