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Coffee Hour Roundup-Meghan hates Rove, Chambers' hand wringing, and more Log Cabins. Why is everyone so mad at Rick Warren?

Welcome to my new daily Coffee Hour Roundup Number 1!

First, let me plug a Champaign-Urbana local U of Illinois event:  Come see Real World Brooklyn's gay celebrities, Katelynn Cusanelli and JD Ordonez at 7pm tonight at the Union Illini rooms--$3 for students/$4 for non-students.  It'll be awesome!

Next--More on My MegMac (Meghan McCain):  apparently MegMac doesn't like being "stalked" on Twitter by the likes of Karl Rove (I'm WITH HER!).  GLADD thinks Kathy Griffin looks good in a bikini--and thinks she's just plain awesome.  More NOMNOMNOM spoofs.  A broad coalition is forming to develop a coordinated strategy on the repeal of Proposition 8--get in on that conference call!  One of my "favorite" blogs (I said that with SarcasticHands) discusses the "decline and fall" of the Log Cabin Republicans (not if MegMac has anything to say about it!).  Alan Chambers says some kind of decent things about the Uganda Conference, and somewhat gives LGBT activists the benefit of the doubt... kind of....

Along the same lines, Rick Warren is still catching flack, despite showing some movement in favor of LGBT acceptance.  OK, yes, Rick Warren has been fairly anti-gay in the past, and yes he's not being completely honest about his former stances on LGBT acceptance, but I for one see this as a GOOD THING.  Here is one of the most important religious figures in this nation, and he's trying to look more gay friendly.  What message is that sending to scores and scores of Evangelical Christians around the country?  Maybe we should chill out on the gays a bit.  I love my gay leaders and commentators, but I'm starting to get a little frustrated with them.  What message are THEY sending to moderate and conservative Christians?  If you show a little bit of tolerance, we're going to go ahead and slap you in the face?  If we're not buying it, the least we can do is just be quietly skeptical.  This man is getting skewered.  Anyway, I'm just asking you to put a positive spin on this.  That's all.

Finally IGLHRC and Iraqi gays themselves are getting loud and asking for support from America.  I think that we're about to see some good news there for Iraqis, because the noise is getting pretty deafening.  I'm so glad so many people are paying attention to this!



Topher said…
I'm liking these updates with tons o' links!

And chilling on Warren seems like a good idea.

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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!