Former Arkansas governor, Fox News commentator and 2012 presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has called voter's November 2 decision to oust three of the seven Iowa Supreme Court justices who brought gay marriage to the Midwest “historic,” the AP reported.

“It was a very important statement that voters made, a statement that resonated across the country and one that I think will give legs to a larger movement over the next few years,” he said.

The former Baptist minister was in Des Moines on Sunday, where he addressed over 1,000 social conservatives at an event organized by the Christian-based Iowa Family Policy Center Action (IFPC Action), the state's largest group calling for repeal of the state's gay marriage law.

Social conservatives aimed their fury over the court's 2009 unanimous decision at the three judges up for a retention vote.

The effort to kick the judges off the bench was spearheaded by former GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob Vander Plaats, who has called for the remaining four judges to resign. Outside groups – including The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the nation's most vociferous opponent of gay marriage, and the American Family Association (AFA) – poured nearly $1 million into the campaign.

Their victory – coupled with large GOP wins on Election Day – has prompted new calls for lawmakers to put the issue before voters, a move Senate Majority Leader Michael Gronstal has already rejected.