Ousted Iowa judges receive courage awards

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Three Iowa Supreme Court justices voted out of office in 2010 will receive the 2012 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Caroline Kennedy will present the awards Monday, May 7 to former Chief Justice Marsha Ternus and justices David Baker and Michael Streit.  The presentation will happen at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, Massachusetts.

“The award is named for President Kennedy’s 1957 Pulitzer prize-winning book, Profiles in Courage, which recounts the stories of eight U.S. Senators who risked their careers by taking principled stands for unpopular positions,” according to the JFK Library website.

The three former justices being honored were voted out of office following the state supreme court’s unanimous decision to legalize gay marriage.  Same-sex couples have been allowed to marry in Iowa since April 27, 2009.

The one-hour award ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern time Monday, May 7, 2012 and will be webcast live.  To watch it, click this link:  http://www.jfklibrary.org/Events-and-Awards/webcast.aspx