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Judge retention shutdown could delay courts

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DES MOINES (KWWL)-- The results in Tuesday votes for retaining three Iowa Supreme Court justices making history back here in Iowa.

Opponents, including former Gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats says the court crossed the line when it ruled a ban on same sex marriage was unconstitutional.

 "We're really pleased with the vote and I'm really pleased with Iowans because they stood up with a resounding voice and they voted no and they stood up for freedom," said Vander Plaats, of Iowa For Freedom.

Supporters say they are now worried about future rentention votes. A judicial nominating commission could begin accepting nominations for the vacancies by the end of November.

It would then have 60 days to submit it's recommendations to the governor-- which would still be Governor Chet Culver. He would then appoint the justices.

On Wednesday, Governor-elect Terry Branstad said he doesn't want Culver to nominate the new judges before he leaves office.

State Court Administrator David Boyd says Tuesday's vote to remove the justices will mean the court will function at a much slower pace because fewer justices will be available to write opinions.

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