Rick Santorum, Bobby Jindal and Brian
Brown were among the conservatives on board the “No Wiggins Bus
Tour” last week.
The 17-city tour was part of the
campaign to oust Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, one of the
seven judges whose unanimous 2009 ruling brought gay marriage to the
Wiggins faces a nonpartisan retention
vote on November's ballot. 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.
Santorum, who lost the GOP presidential
nominating contest to Mitt Romney, joined the tour at stops in Des
Moines, Pella and Ottumwa.
“Ten years from now, your children or
your grandchildren will look at you and say, 'Well what did you do?'
What did you do at this moment that we all knew was a consequential
moment in the history of this country. What did you do?” Santorum
Brian Brown, the president of the
National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most
vociferous opponent of gay marriage, called on supporters to “change
the course of history.”
“Take a bold stand,” Brown said.
“Do not allow activist judges to rewrite your constitution. Hold
them accountable. And the world will be watching.”
Louisiana Governor Jindal said Wiggins
“does not have the right to usurp the powers of the office of
governor and the Legislature and create that law from the bench.”
Iowa Rep. Steve King and The FAMiLY
LEADER President Bob Vander Plaats also spoke at the rallies.