After a decade of legal fights and millions of taxpayer dollars funding court battles, the Iowa Supreme Court finds a lack of evidence of Branstad discriminating against former Workers Comp Commissioner Chris Godfrey and has thrown out the Godfrey lawsuit.
A district court had ruled in favor of Godfrey after trial and awarded him $1.5 million in damages.
The Supreme Court says there is no evidence to support such a conclusion. According to the court, there was no evidence Branstad was “anti-gay.” And there was no evidence Branstad even had knowledge of Godfrey’s sexual orientation.
“We reject as illogical and fallacious the district court’s conclusion that a jury could infer Governor Branstad knew Godfrey was gay because there was ‘[a]bundant evidence … presented to establish the Republican Party was ‘anti-gay’ in its policies and platform planks,'” McDonald wrote.