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Gay marriage issue still hot topic from the bench


We're just two weeks away from the third anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa.

Few have let the issue fade from the headlines.

Recently, Republican State Representative Dwayne Alons of Hull proposed an amendment slashing the pay of supreme court justices.

The latest piece of legislation he says targets "legislating from the bench."

In Sioux City Tuesday night, Chief Justice Mark Cady delivered a lecture about the "State of the Judiciary."

Talking to members of the media, Cady brushed aside Alons' proposal, which Alons himself withdrew from consideration.

Cady said it's really nothing for them to worry about, and won't change the way he does his job.

"When we look back into history we see our Iowa Supreme Court has done work that we are quite proud of and we'll just continue to do the work in that way," said Cady.

He was one of seven justices who joined in a unanimous opinion supporting same-sex marriage in Iowa.

Since then, three of the justices lost retention elections.

Cady says he hopes Iowa follows a pattern set by other states in the same situation.  That it will be just a one-time occurrence, and the court will have continuity moving forward.

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