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California ballot proposal to go forward worded as is.

Its a small victory, but a victory nonetheless. The people that put together the ballot proposal to write discrimination into the California Constitution are giving up on forcing the state to reword the ballot proposal. Their original submission merely stated something to the effect 'to limit marriage to one man and one woman' and was written before May 15th, 2008, when the California Supreme Court struck down the California ban on same-sex marriage. The State Attorney General's office reworded the ballot language to say it would eliminate the right to marriage for same-sex couples, and that it may result in the loss of tens of millions in tax dollars for California. The Project Marriage Coalition quickly brought the Attorney General's office to court accusing the office of twisting the language to turn voters against the ballot proposal, however, Friday Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Timothy Frawley ruled that there was nothing inaccurate about the description.

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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!