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Former Chief Justice stands by vote to legalize same-sex marriage


Former Chief Justice Marsha Ternus visited the University of Northern Iowa Thursday night, where she said she stood by her vote to legalize same-sex marriage four years ago.

"I would make the same decision today knowing that it would cost me my position on the court," she said.

Ternus and two other judges were ousted after a unanimous vote in favor of same-sex marriage in 2009.

She said the Iowa Supreme Court voted impartially on the issue based on the "rule of the law."

Meanwhile, Tiffany Batchelor and her partner Holly Timmerman went to UNI to see Ternus speak.

The two have the option to get married under Iowa law, and they both credited Ternus for the opportunity.

"She was one that opened the doorway for a lot of the gay couples in the state of Iowa and really gave us the headway to do what we never thought the state of Iowa would be able to do," said Timmerman.

"It's really cool to see someone that has our back," she said.

Others believe same-sex marriage should be a decision voted on by all Iowans, rather than the Iowa Supreme Court.

"I do believe that Iowans should have a chance to vote on what the definition of marriage is. So I think we should continue to work for that and give Iowans a chance to vote on it," said State Representative Walt Rogers of Cedar Falls.

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