September 25, 2012 Print

‘No Wiggins Bus Tour’ Seeks to Oust Iowa Judge

by Bethany Monk

In an effort to protect marriage in Iowa, CitizenLink is co-sponsoring a bus tour in the state with THE FAMiLY LEADER (TFL) that will cover thousands of miles and visit 17 cities by Thursday.

The “No Wiggins Tour” began Friday in Des Moines, and will end Thursday in Orange City, said TFL President Bob Vander Plaats.

The tour is designed to educate residents about why they should not re-elect Iowa Supreme Court Judge David Wiggins, who ruled in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in 2009. He is up for retention in November, which means voters may decide his fate.

In 2010, more than 525,000 Iowans voted to remove three state Supreme Court judges because they had joined Wiggins in that pivotal decision to redefine marriage.

“It’s important to protect marriage, not just in Iowa, but across the nation,” Vander Plaats told CitizenLink. “We believe marriage is between one man and one woman. It’s God’s design.”

Vander Plaats said that when the bus stops in cities, it’s an opportunity to remind people not to vote for Wiggins.

A “dueling” bus, bearing a sign that reads “Yes Iowa Judges,” is trailing the No Wiggins bus, according to the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum showed up at Saturday’s “bus stop” at the state capitol to support the No Wiggins campaign. He referred to the judges who decided to redefine marriage as “elites who believe they know best how to right the laws and change the Constitution while they run roughshod over the rights of the people.”

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal will join the tour Wednesday

A separate bus tour, “Your Money, Your Values, Your Vote 2012 National Tour,” sponsored by The Heritage Foundation and Family Research Council (FRC), joined the “No Wiggins Tour” on Saturday in Des Moines, where the organizations spoke not just about Wiggins, but the importance of voting in general.

The national bus tour, which began in January, so far has visited 25 states. The two organizations are educating the voters about economic and social issues before Election Day.

“Our goal as we go across the country this year is to educate citizens on how serious the situation is, to talk about the reforms that are necessary to get us back on the right road, and to ask them to help us save the American dream for the next generation,” said Genevieve Wood, The Heritage Foundation’s vice president of marketing.

“America is at a tipping point,” she added. “We need leaders who respect life, honor marriage, and will defend our religious liberties. We need leaders who will seriously tackle the government’s out-of-control spending and unsustainable debt. We need leaders who respect our Constitution.”

Learn more about the Values Bus Tour.