Ex-Iowa judges, ambassador to Syria get JFK award

Published On: Mar 12 2012 02:12:42 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 12 2012 02:13:04 PM CDT

BOSTON (AP) -- Three former Iowa Supreme Court justices who were part of a unanimous decision that legalized same-sex marriage in that state as well as the U.S. Ambassador to Syria have been named this year's recipients of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award.

Caroline Kennedy, daughter of the late president, said in a statement Monday that Marsha Ternus, David Baker and Michael Streit "sacrificed their own futures" to honor Iowa's constitution and help strike down a state ban on same-sex marriage. All three were removed from the bench for their decisions.

Ambassador Robert Ford is being honored for risking his own safety to support the Syrian people resisting the violent crackdown of President Bashar al-Assad.

The awards will be presented May 7 at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.