Statewide tours offer competing views on justice

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Iowa Justice David Wiggins. - PHOTO: File

Competing campaigns will crisscross Iowa this week in support and opposition to state Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins.

Both tours began early Sept. 24 at the state Capitol in Des Moines, then headed out for stops throughout Iowa.

The Iowa State Bar Association is joining with other groups for a “Yes Iowa Judges” tour through 19 communities. The tour supports all the judges up for retention in November, including Wiggins. He faces a campaign for his removal because he joined in a unanimous 2009 ruling that legalized gay marriage in Iowa.

The Family Leader and other groups seeking Wiggins’ removal plan a four-day bus trip through Iowa. The Family Leader led a campaign that resulted in the ouster in 2010 of three justices who support the gay marriage ruling.