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Iowa Judges Who Legalized Same-Sex Marriage to Receive JFK Awards

Three former Iowa Supreme Court justices who voted to legalize same-sex marriage in their state have been selected as recipients of the 2012 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced today.

Former Iowa chief justice Marsha Ternus and former justices David Baker and Michael Streit joined a unanimous decision to strike down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage in 2009. The judges were subjected to political scrutiny, the foundation said, and each was voted out of office the following year.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president, said in a statement Monday that the three judges “sacrificed their own futures” to honor Iowa’s constitution and help strike down a state ban on same-sex marriage.

JFK Library in Boston

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