Lawmakers in Iowa have announced that they will introduce a resolution to begin the process of placing a marriage referendum on the ballot and are drafting legislation to impeach the four remaining state Supreme Court justices who joined a unanimous 2009 decision that brought equal marriage to the state. But a new poll released today by the group Justice Not Politics has found that just 36 percent of Iowans favor the move. That number falls to 17 percent “after hearing the Iowa Constitution’s standard for impeachment — “misdemeanor or malfeasance“:
Interestingly, the poll also found that only 34 percent support full same-sex marriage rights, while 28% support favor “only civil unions.” Thirty-four percent of respondents said they were “against any recognition.” The results are consistent with another poll released last week by Public Policy Polling, which found that while 55 percent of Iowans oppose impeachment, only 41 percent supporting marriage equity.
Last week, Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady defended the court’s decision to overturn the Iowa Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) by reminding lawmakers that “the duty of courts to review the constitutionality of laws is known as judicial review and is one of our most basic responsibilities.” “This is the very duty the court exercised in the Varnum decision,” he said.