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Catholics should vote ‘No’ Wiggins

October 22, 2012
Rev. Ray E. Atwood, Traer , Times-Republican

The institution of marriage is called "a covenant," which "has been established by the creator and endowed by him with its own proper laws" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1603). Marriage is reserved for "one man" and "one woman." The scriptures regarding the sacrament of marriage are clear (Gen. 1:25-27; Eph. 5:31-32), and thousands of years of civilization prove the undeniable benefits marriage brings to every culture that supports it.

The Iowa Supreme Court in 2009 declared the state's ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. They were wrong. Courts in the past, including the U.S. Supreme Court in Baker v. Nelson, have agreed that states have the right to limit marriage to its biblical definition of "one man" "one woman" marriage and the 14th Amendment does not apply to gay marriage. Iowans have every right to define marriage the same way our culture has since its founding. Marriage has always been, and always should be, reserved for "one man" and "one woman."

Not only has the Iowa Supreme Court wrongly redefined marriage, they did it against the will of Iowa's legislature and people. The Iowa Supreme Court in 2009 clearly violated the Separation of Powers, when they legislated from the bench and declared Iowa a same-sex marriage state. They overstepped their bounds when they (the Judicial Branch) demanded Iowa's County Recorders (the Executive Branch) to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Regardless of faith, this should not be tolerated by Iowans. This is more than a faith issue; it is a freedom issue and a culture issue.

Catholics across the state of Iowa must stand up for marriage as one of our sacraments. Catholics must also stand for freedom by ensuring that our Constitution is upheld. If the Supreme Court can do this to marriage where does it stop? Mandates of all kinds will be handed down from the court in the same way. Our U.S. Constitution and state Constitutions set a clear separation of powers. If one state's Supreme Court can get away with overstepping their bounds, it will pave the way for judicial activism to infiltrate our entire nation.

In Iowa we are fortunate to have the final say on judicial retention. Take advantage of that privilege. Iowa Catholics stand for the Iowa Constitution, stand for the sacred sacraments by voting "no" on Judge Wiggins.



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