Iowa Fair Courts Coalition
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On April 23, Loretta Lynch made history. However, it’s not all a bed of roses.
The 56-43 historic vote to confirm the eminently qualified Loretta E. Lynch to the office of Attorney General ended one of the most prolonged Cabinet confirmation delays in the history of this great nation.
As part of the Iowa Fair Courts Coalition, One Iowa applauds the 10 Republican Senators who had the courage to do the right thing and vote for Ms. Lynch’s well-deserved confirmation.
For 5 months, divisive partisan politics delayed the confirmation of America’s first African American woman to this office, and history will remember them. Let us also remember the Senators who will ultimately be celebrated for voting in favor of Ms. Lynch’s confirmation:
Kelly Ayotte (N.H.); Thad Cochran (Miss.); Susan Collins (Maine); Jeff Flake (Ariz.); Lindsey Graham (S.C.); Orrin Hatch (Utah); Ron Johnson (Wis.); Mark Kirk (Ill.); Rob Portman (R-Ohio); and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.)
We still have work to do, however. Check out this blog post from courts expert K.O. Myers, pointing to Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley’s glacial pace on judicial nominations.
We must do better. And we will do better, with your help. Join the coalition: Sign up (as an organization or an individual) to be a part of the Iowa Fair Courts Coalition, and help us magnify our impact!
The Iowa Fair Courts Coalition is a coalition of organizations, businesses, individuals and policy makers who believe that access to fair and impartial courts is a crucial component of a healthy democracy. We value a strong judiciary that includes judges who are fair, competent, and who have a breadth of experiences. We deserve a judiciary that will defend justice and will not be bought or sold by politicians. We will advocate for a robust and healthy judiciary that values civil liberties, equality under the law, and above all: justice.
The courts have played a crucial role in One Iowa’s mission to support full equality for LGBT Iowans and their families. Without the leadership and fairness of our courts, some Iowa families would still be treated as less than equal. From the 2009 Iowa Supreme Court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2013 decision that struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act, our community looks to the courts to continue upholding the promise of equal protection.
This coalition currently includes: One Iowa, Americans for Democratic Action, Working Families Win, the Iowa Citizen Action Network, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Progress Iowa, Iowa Federation of Labor/AFLCIO, Iowa Association for Justice, QC Pride, Inc., Metro Community Church of the Quad Cities, South Central Federation of Labor, Disability Rights Iowa, Ames United Church of Christ, Office on the Status of African Americans, Siouxland Pride Alliance, Fort Dodge Human Rights Commission, ACLU of Iowa, and UNI PROUD.
If you or your organization would like more information about the Iowa Fair Courts Coalition, please email [email protected].
Download a fact sheet about why courts matter for the LGBT community: Why Courts Matter LGBT Rights (pdf).