Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Saturday joined social conservatives in calling for the ouster of Iowa Justice David Wiggins, one of the seven judges whose unanimous 2009 ruling brought gay marriage to the Midwest.

Wiggins faces a nonpartisan retention vote in the fall. In 2010, social conservatives, angry over the gay marriage decision, axed three judges from the bench. The remaining three justices are up for retention votes in 2016.

Last month, state Republican party chairman A.J. Spiker, speaking on behalf of the party, criticized the ruling as being based on “the whims of unelected activist judges attempting to impose their personal views on the public” and called for Wiggins' removal.

The Family Leader, a strong opponent of gay marriage, announced at its Family Leader Summit 2012 that it would direct the campaign against Wiggins.

“When you raise your hand you swear an oath to the constitution and then you go outside of the constitution, outside of your separation of powers to legislate from the bench … we the people must hold a person like that in check,” said Bob Vander Plaats, who leads the group.

Santorum urged roughly 1,000 people to rally against Wiggins.

“You decide this Election Day to vote out Justice Wiggins and send another strong message,” the AP quoted Santorum as saying.