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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.



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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!