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Coffee Hour 428 - Phelpses protest Walt Whitman School,rodeo season starts, what's up in New York?

The Phelpses made their disapproval known at Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland yesterday.  Apparently naming the school after America's greatest poet is endorsing the "gay lifestyle."  Yeah, I'm sure the city council was thinking just that when the school was named like 1200 years ago.  

IOWA couples that were able to finally be treated as American Citizens numbered over 350 near the end of the day yesterday, but there will certainly be even more as the week goes on.  NEW HAMPSHIRE's Senate is ready for a showdown this coming Wednesday on the Marriage Equality bill that the Judiciary Committee shot down.  We'll be giving you more on how to follow this in the Happy Hour today/Coffee Hour tomorrow.  CALIFORNIA Equality groups are preparing a big demonstration following the Supreme Judicial Court's decision on Prop 8 called "MEET IN THE MIDDLE 4 EQUALITY!"  In WASHINGTON, Gary Randall tried to prove that the Domestic Partnership program was ticking off everyone there, only to prove that the general public is almost ready for full Marriage Equality!  Opps!  Go WASHINGTON!  In NEW YORK, more on Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith's homophobic pastor.


TOAST TO WALT WHITMAN!  

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