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GOP lawmaker: Gay marriage verdict was ‘the worst day of my life’
State Rep. Kevin Koester, R-Ankeny, calls the day the Iowa Supreme Court ruled the state’s Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional “the worst day of my life, in service to this state.”
Koester, who is running unopposed for a second term in the Iowa House, said his “knees buckled” when he heard about the court’s unanimous ruling.
“In terms of moral issues, what could be more important than the protection of the family?” he said on a video posted by Iowa for Freedom, a group campaigning to oust three Supreme Court justices up for a retention vote this fall. “The actions of the Supreme Court were certainly within the bounds of what the balance of power would expect, but way out of bounds with ordering 99 county recorders to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses on a given date in April of that same year. I can imagine no way that that is not an extreme abuse of the bench. And therefore, I’ll be voting ‘no’ on all three judges.”
In its April 2009 decision, the court ruled that DOMA violated the equal protection clause of the constitution. In a statement to The Des Moines Register Tuesday, Koester said he believes in balance between the three separate branches of state government, but that “God wrote His book long before men wrote any state constitution.”