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COFFEE HOUR 430 - HATE CRIMES BILL PASSED! N.H. Marriage Heads back to the Senate, Howard Stern makes a plea for Marriage Equality.

The U.S. House went and passed the Trans-inclusive Hate Crimes Bill, and now it heads off to the Senate.  There is finally going to be justice for Matthew--as long as the Senate doesn't dilly dally too long.  PAY ATTENTION to these bigots who tried to stop it.  ALSO, the NEW HAMPSHIRE Senate voted to upgrade their Civil Unions to full Marriage Equality, however, last minute amendments to the bill (which emphasize Churches' freedom to refuse to perform a marriage, which of course they should have, and which allow couples to refuse to be "Party A" and "Party B" and still be "Husband" and "Wife" which I fully support) mean that it has to go BACK to the House again before the Governor signs it.  The Governor does not support the bill, but has not indicated whether or not he'll veto it.  Unfortunately, that same link will tell you they killed a transgender rights expansion bill.  We'll keep trying.  

Howard Stern advocates for Marriage Equality on his show... not the most sought after endorsement, but we'll take it--do you know how much of middle America listens in?  Virginia Foxx backtracks on her Matthew Shepard comments.  I'm not telling you anything about NOMNOMNOM or Cali-phobe today.  This is a day of Independence for all the munchkins and their descendants (IF ANY)!



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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!