Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins is thanking voters for giving him another eight years on the bench and rejecting a campaign to remove him for participating in the ruling that legalized gay marriage.
Wiggins issued a statement Wednesday thanking "everybody who worked so hard to keep politics out of our courts." He says he wants to thank Iowans "who preserved the fairness and impartiality of Iowa's courts and agree that equal means equal."
Chief Justice Mark Cady also hailed Wiggins' retention, calling it "an important moment in the history of Iowa's courts."
Wiggins won retention with more than 54% of the vote. He was one of seven justices who struck down Iowa's ban on gay marriage in 2009. Three of them were removed by voters in 2010.