Liberals were saddened by the unexpected death of a state supreme court justice whose legacy of judicial activism will be sorely missed by those seeking to use the courts to impose their will on others.
The open seat on Iowa’s highest court was created when Justice Mark Cady suddenly died, the victim of a heart attack last Friday.
His passing comes less than three months before the state’s critical caucuses will ensure that replacing him will be an epic battle in which 2020 Dems will callously exploit his death to fire up the locals.
Justice Cady was a champion of abortion on demand and same-sex marriage and in 2009 wrote the opinion that made the Hawkeye state only the third in the nation to permit such unions.
Granted that he isn’t Ruth Bader Ginsburg but there will be a war over his open seat and a tsunami of out of state money will flow into Iowa from the usual deep-pocketed activist organizations.
Mark Cady was a champion for equality who worked tirelessly to protect the rights of all Iowans. Cady's legacy and service in the Iowa Supreme Court will continue to impact and change the lives of LGBTQ Iowans nationwide. https://t.co/K5pvPT3j1L
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) November 20, 2019
Via The Associated Press, “Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Cady dies unexpectedly”:
Mark Cady, the soft-spoken chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court who wrote key decisions on gay marriage and abortion access that rankled social conservatives, has died at the age of 66.
Cady died unexpectedly Friday night from a heart attack, his family said in a statement posted on the court’s website.
“Tonight, the state lost a great man, husband, father, grandfather, and jurist,” the family wrote.
A court spokesman, Steve Davis, said Cady was in Des Moines when he died.
Cady had been a key swing vote on the court in recent years, as Republicans took control of the Legislature and governor’s office and passed new laws aimed at expanding gun rights, restricting abortion and barring gay marriage.
Cady wrote the 2009 unanimous opinion that made Iowa the nation’s third state to permit same-sex marriage. The ruling came years before the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down gay marriage bans throughout the country.
“We are firmly convinced the exclusion of gay and lesbian people from the institution of civil marriage does not substantially further any important governmental objective,” Cady wrote for the court.
Liberals led by Iowa’s far-left newspaper the Des Moines Register are already bemoaning that Cady’s passing will move the court to the right although fail to mention that a more conservative bench would serve as a vital check on the scourge of socialism.
What will replacing Chief Justice Mark Cady mean for the Iowa Supreme Court?
— Stephen Gruber-Miller (@sgrubermiller) November 17, 2019
Thoughts and prayers should go out to Cady’s family regardless of what side that one stands on and because unlike the classless leftists, conservatives don’t do a victory dance when a political adversary passes away.