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Happy Hour Roundup 428 - Hate Crimes Vote tomorrow, Sen Spector switches parties, New Hamshire Senate Marriage Equality Vote tomorrow.

Big news today: Senator Arlen Spector (R-PA) is now (D-PA). Meanwhile, a new CBS poll out today finds that over half of America want LGBT couples to have some sort of relationship recognition, with 43% supporting full Marriage recognition.

Our U.S. House of Representatives will vote on the Matthew Shepard Act--the trans-inclusive Hate Crimes bill--tomorrow. The HRC and many other LGBT advocacy groups are URGING you to call your Representative and make sure they vote YES! Here is what North Carolina's crazy Virginia Foxx is saying about it.

HELP MAKE ILLINOIS CIVIL UNIONS A REALITY! In NEW YORK, Equality and Justice Day is under way. Is Rudy flip-flopping again? Tomorrow, the NEW HAMPSHIRE Senate will vote on Marriage Equality. We'll be following on our favorite blogs. NEW MEXICO Extends Health Insurance to the Domestic Partners of retired and soon to retire state employees. Out of the "new" states--and out of the states all together--WASHINGTON D.C.'s anti-Equality rally by NOM--who is claiming Equality in the nation's capital is tantamount to Armageddon--sure took a turn for the Nazi today with raised arms in "hail" positions. Meanwhile, former Mayor and moral pillar lends his righteous words to NOM. I guess you can smoke crack with Transsexual prostitutes, but you can't let them have Equality. In CALIFORNIA, Gavin Newsome is speaking out for LGBT rights! He doesn't have nice things to say about the GOP either. In MAINE, Marriage Equality has passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. Follow the MAINE discussions here. The OREGON House has clarified the Domestic Partnership Law.

Britain is naming its first female Poet Laureate--an open lesbian! An Oklahoma teacher discusses why she lost her job for teaching tolerance. The SLDN Director's open letter to President Obama about the DADT repeal slow-down has been released. Learn more about NOM's Bishop Harry Jackson--the poster-guy for anti-gay rhetoric from Religious Leaders. Here's an uplifting story about a former college football captain that was openly gay. Thailand's gay monks are being asked to tone it down. Some follow-up question-and-answer from Frank Rich on his 'nail-in-the-coffin' NOM commercial op-ed.

Israel allows gays and lesbians to serve openly in their armed forces, but I'm not sure they had this in mind when they allowed it! Was Trainspotting's Frances Begby gay? The Democrats love Bachmann so much, they've started a website to follow her every move, TMZ-style. A study has found that many Republican activists think that Stephen Colbert is serious in his conservative beliefs--which is why so many agree to an embarrassing interview! The Producer of the Miss California U.S.A. pageant has something to say to the lady currently holding the title. You know, the one who has pictures up online partying with #1 Transsexual, Amanda Lepore. What is going on here? Gays can't get married, but they can party with her, apparently. Speaking of Amanda, the video for her new single "Cotton Candy" is coming soon. Results are in for the Feminist Porn Awards. Speaking of which, the movie Humpday will tell the story of two straight buds who just want to make a gay porn. More from OUTrage Director, Kirby Dick, on outing famous people. 24 just got gayer.

TOAST TO IOWANS WHO ENTERED INTO FIRST-CLASS FULL CITIZENSHIP YESTERDAY!

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Chris Geidner: In Iowa, judges are ousted.

Via Chris Geidner's Poliglot blog at Metro Weekly:

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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... 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!