Conservative voters and family groups were able to secure a victory Tuesday with the removal of three State Supreme Court justices who legalized gay marriage.

Iowa Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and Justices David Baker and Michael Streit were up for a retention vote and needed more “yes” votes than “no” votes. More Iowans chose to unseat them from the judicial bench.

The decision was made after months of rallying and mobilizing by such groups as Iowa For Freedom, the Iowa Family Policy Center, and the National Organization for Marriage – all of whom were unhappy with the court’s vote in April 2009 to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act. The 1998 act defined marriage as a union between one man and one woman.

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