The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has joined the campaign to oust 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.

At Saturday's Family Leader Summit 2012, social conservative Bob Vander Plaats announced Iowans for Freedom 2012 to defeat Wiggins in November.

“This is about freedom, not just about marriage,” Vander Plaats is quoted as saying by the Quad City Times. “We see this as a freedom and constitutional issue important to all Iowans. If courts are allowed to redefine the institution of marriage, every one of the liberties we hold dear is in jeopardy.”

NOM President Brian Brown pledged to match contributions made during the next two weeks up to $100,000.

Former GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum also endorsed the effort.

“You decide this Election Day to vote out Justice Wiggins and send another strong message,” he told a crowd of roughly 1,000 at Saturday's summit.