An advocacy group formed to support 3 Iowa judges marked for ouster by gay marriage foes has launched a new radio campaign.

Fair Courts for Us began airing the ads in 7 markets on Friday and promised to expand coverage next week.

In the spot, former Republican Governor Robert Ray is heard saying, “We'll never agree with every call, but you shouldn't fire the good referees over just one call,” as football fans react to a referee's controversial call.

“The same is true for the Iowa Supreme Court,” Ray says.

Voters will decide in November whether to keep three out of the court's seven judges. Retention of Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit will be on the ballot this year.

Social conservatives are furious at the court's 2009 unanimous decision that brought gay marriage to the Midwest and have mounted a campaign to ax the judges.

“It's important for people to understand that voting 'yes' to retain the justices is a vote to keep politics out of our courts,” said Dan Moore, a Republican and co-chair of Fair Courts for Us. “Iowa's court system is respected and highly ranked nationally for its fairness and impartially.”

Sioux City businessman Bob Vander Plaats is spearheading the campaign to remove the judges from the bench. He launched the Iowa for Freedom campaign after losing the Republican nomination for governor.

“This is about freedom,” Vander Plaats told a crowd at a recent Taking Back America meeting in Cedar Falls. “Marriage happens to be the issue.”

The group has reportedly begun a robocall campaign urging voters to oust the three judges.