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Happy Hour Roundup-Marriage Equality GALORE!


I'm not disliking Perez Hilton's new role as Marriage Equality posterboy. He may not have been the most likely candidate, but he's certainly got the nation's ear, and he's not doing bad! Meanwhile, the other judges are speaking out in his favor--all while Miss California U.S.A. considers legal action.

On the Marriage Equality Front: The Log Cabin Republicans have gained assurances that NEW YORK GOP leadership in both the Senate and the Assembly will encourage Republican lawmakers there to vote their conscience, rather than by the party rule-book. I'm liking Log Cabin more and more every day--and so is Deb Price, one of my favorite Detroit News columnists! This will make life a lot easier for Bloomberg and Patterson. ONE IOWA has launched a state-wide Ad-Campaign on Marriage Equality to prevent a Prop 8 Situation there. The NEVADA Senate is sending a Domestic Partnership bill to the House that would allow many of the same benefits of Marriage. LOUISIANA is seeing its first lawsuit on behalf of a New Orleans couple denied Marriage Equality there. In VIRGINIA 2 out of the 3 Democrats running for their party's Gubernatorial nomination already support or "are evolving" in support for Marriage Equality--and the third one wants to help us get some rights. NEW HAMSHIRE GOP Chair Sununu (say that three times fast) calls Marriage Equality "garbage." But who's surprised?

In Marriage Equality non-specifics: Queerty presented some myth-busting today: How Marriage Equality WON'T affect churches. I think I already posted a version of this, but its worth revisiting. Just in time, as the arguments against Marriage Equality get more and more ridiculous! Look at NOMNOMNOM!

In other news: thankfully, the police are getting involved in the child exploitation case of "ChristianU2ber" an "ex-gay" 12 year old whose YouTube account has created quite a stir on ALL sides of the 'ex-gay' issue. Meanwhile the ACLU has earned an Arizona student the right to express himself at school. Sexy LGBT author and activist, Wayne Besen, blogs about where our LGBT rights groups are failing us in the area of violence prevention, and what he sees as the solutions. However, the Task Force has just released a statement that they are taking on the Iraqi abuses! Joe.My.God tells us about Ex-Gay activist, Dr. Warren Throckmorton's recent evolution on the subject of 'Christian' bullying, and how its riling up the Religious Right. PENNSYLVANIA'S bill prohibiting discrimination based on Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity looks tied up in committee. NEW YORK's Assembly is passing their just passed Transgender Protection bill up to the Senate. Nate Silver explores whether or not Republicans are falling in line behind Ron Paul. Here's some information on America's first Transgender mayor, Stu Rasmussen!


Finally, Please read this blog post that my friend posted recently about arguments in favor of committed consummated monogamous same-sex relationships. Once and a while the Bible is used for good rather than to hurt!



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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!