"That is an issue that the people overwhelmingly said, 'We want to have a say in this. It should not be overreaching government or judges.' I believe the (justices) would still be in office had Mike Gronstal allowed that vote over the past two years. It would not even have been an issue." Gronstal is the Democratic leader in the state senate, and he has used his authority to block a vote on a proposal which would set the wheels in motion for a statewide vote on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in Iowa.
You can lay that squarely at the feet of the Democrats. And I don't know if they want to be responsible for a redo of this in two years on a (judicial) retention vote or not, but I would think that many of their members who have professed that they think people should have a vote will be given the opportunity to do the right thing."