The JFK Library and Museum in Boston will award the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award today to three Iowa Supreme Court justices ousted over the court's unanimous 2009 ruling which legalized gay marriage in the state.

Caroline Kennedy will present the three justices with a sterling silver ship's lantern, a symbol of a beacon of hope.

“Former Iowa Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and former justices David Baker and Michael Streit were chosen in recognition of the political courage and judicial independence each demonstrated in setting aside popular opinion to uphold the basic freedoms and security guaranteed to all citizens under the Iowa Constitution,” the library said in a press release.

Gay marriage foes mounted a campaign to remove the three justices in 2010.

The FAMiLY LEADER President Bob Vander Plaats, who spearheaded the campaign to oust the justices, called the award insulting.

“This is just another example of the laughable nonsense coming from the far left,” Vander Plaats said in an email to supporters. “I believe the JFK Library award given to the judges is an insult to over a half million informed and constitutionally astute Iowans who voted to remove the activist judges.”

“If we allow the Judicial Branch's Supreme Court to get away with making law and executing law to redefine marriage, then it won't be long before they do the same thing with property rights, the parental right to raise children, the right to exercise the 2nd Amendment, and many other God-given, constitutionally protected rights,” he added.