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Out and Proud in the People's Republic...

AfterEllen.com posted this great article about the out lesbian athletes in Beijing this summer in the Olympics. Sure, most are there for softball, handball and soccer--no big stereotype breaker there--but these ten out and open women are a breath of fresh air for this nation that tends to sweep all LTBG issues under the rug.

Strangely, and unrelated, 365gay.com has this article about the record number of openly gay delegates to the Democratic National Convention. I have it on good word that there are plenty of gay men at the Republican National Convention as well, but that the majority are NOT openly gay. Two friends who attended the last convention said that there was a STRONG undercurrent there. So why are they out at the DNC and not at the GOP? I'm not saying there are no closeted men at the DNC either, but I find it curious that so few of the gays at the RNC are open about it. What could bring the "Big Tent" party around to finally fulfilling that role?

Perhaps if more of the GOP legislators were like Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen--the GOP lawmaker from Florida who scores higher than 99% of other GOP lawmakers on HRC's Congressional Scorecard with an 88. Where does she miss? Ros-Lehtinen voted against the Uniting American Families Act... sadly she would lose my vote for that one, but I'm encouraged by the rest. After all, my girl Debbie Stabenow from Michigan originally voted against it and later changed her vote. Hopefully Ros-Lehtinen--and other fair-minded Republicans--continue to grow in their support for our equality.

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

Supreme Court Justice Michael J. Streit
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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... POSTPONED.

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!