Marsha K. Ternus is an American lawyer and served as a Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court from September 7, 1993 to December 31, 2010, appointed from Polk County, Iowa As a Justice, Ternus was part of the unanimous Iowa Supreme Court ruling legally recognizing same-sex marriage in Iowa, and was removed from office after a judicial retention election,[1] following campaigning by groups opposed to same-sex marriage including the National Organization for Marriage.[2] In 2012, Ternus received a Profile in Courage Award from the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation,[3] along with fellow Justices David L. Baker and Michael Streit.


  1. ^ "Iowans Dismiss Three Justices". Des Moines Register. November 3, 2010. Archived from the original on December 27, 2010. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  2. ^ Glover, Mike (October 25, 2010). "Gay Marriage Foes Back Push To Oust Iowa Justices". Associated Press. Retrieved February 3, 2015.
  3. ^ 2012 JFK Profile in Courage Award Winners Announced (March 12, 2012)

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Justice of the Iowa Supreme Court
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