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Ameriqueer--sitting at the kiddie table for over 232 years!

America: The greatest country in the world and the place where dreams come true. Of course, if you're a straight white protestant male. What about the black Buddhist lesbians, though? OK, OK. This complaint is so old its a total cliche. However, even though we repeat it like a constant mantra, we still don't have a place at the table. This is a new kind of blog. I'm seeking to dissect the sources behind what's slowing us down in our race for equality. This blog seeks to answer HOW AND WHEN we in the queer American community can finally start getting a space at the table. Stay tuned as I delve into our crazy, glorious and bizarre nation to try and pull away the ugly bits from the shiny parts.


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Chris Geidner: In Iowa, judges are ousted.

Via Chris Geidner's Poliglot blog at Metro Weekly:


In Iowa, which declared Iowa's marriage ban unconstitutional under the state's constitution in 2009, the National Organization for Marriage got one of its first electoral victories this year. The judicial retention elections appear to have resulted in the replacement of all three justices up for a vote this year.

Here, as of 3:35 a.m. and with 1767 out of 1774 precincts reporting, are the Iowa Secretary of State's election results:

Supreme Court Justice David L. Baker
Yes 443437 45.75%
No 525865 54.25%

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
Yes 442459 45.6%
No 527921 54.4%

Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus
Yes 437118 44.99%
No 534486 55.01%

The court was unanimous in its 2009 ruling that Iowa's constitution required marriage equality."

Can we trust Rasmussen anymore?


Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!