The move in the Iowa legislature to reduce the pay of the justices on the Iowa Supreme Court who participated in the unanimous decision overturning a ban on gay marriage has failed. The Des Moines Register reported that an amendment to the judiciary appropriations act that would have reduced the pay of the justices was withdrawn for lack of sufficient votes to pass. The failed appropriations amendment provided:
Any justice appointed to the supreme court prior to April 3, 2009, and who remains a justice of the supreme court on or after the date the electorate ratifies a constitutional amendment declaring marriage between one man and one woman is the only valid or recognized legal union in this state, shall have the salary of the justice reduced in accordance with this section unless the justice resigns immediately.
According to WSJ Law Blog, Iowa House Republicans have tried to put a constitutional amendment before voters, but have been blocked by the state’s Democratic-led Senate.