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COFFEE 528 - Sotomayor, New York, National Polls, PA and FLA!

FIRST: What kind of Justice will Judge Sonia Sotomayor be? LAW DORK investigates some of her previous statements on diversity. We're eager to learn more about her. Alex Blaze specifically looks at what her LGBT record may end up being.

NATIONAL: Gallup finds that the nation is holding steady on Marriage Equality support. Statistics guru Nate Silver at FiveThirtyEight blog shows us that Latinos are no less supportive of Marriage Equality than Caucasians.

STATE2STATE: HERE'S WHERE THINGS STAND. RHODE ISLAND may be the only New England state whose government is saying "never" to Marriage Equality, but the majority of the citizens are saying "NOW!" PENNSYLVANIA now has a 'Marriage Discrimination' Constitutional amendment up for debate in the legislature, but that bill is about to get some competition--from a MARRIAGE EQUALITY AMENDMENT! A gay FLORIDA Politician is not only honest about his orientation--he's unabashedly so--and calls out other 'less honest' politicians in the process! NEW YORK sees a potential boom in the 'pink buck' if Marriage Equality is legalized. The NYC Public Library is to open a History of Gay Activism exhibit. EMPIRE STATE PRIDE AGENDA has released another awesome Marriage Equality ad. Here are some words from a crazy Assemblywoman. Here are some better words from Ugly Betty's Ana Ortiz supporting our rights! Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Shumer send a letter to law-makers URGING them to pass Marriage Equality. However, there is concern that support for Marriage Equality is DROPPING in NEW YORK. Wait 'til they find out about the MILLION$ in store for them, though! MASSACHUSETTS knows well--they've made $111 Million off of Marriage Equality--and most of that time no 'out-of-staters' could even do it! NEVADA Governor Jim Gibbons vetoes Domestic Partnerships.

GOOD WORK: Twitter is rolling out a new 'e-currency' called 'twollers,' but instead of raising money for the fat corporate cats, twollers are raising money for good causes! Starting a "Giving Circle." There are many great organizations that are working hard to try to achieve success today! Harrah's supports same-sex couples LOUDLY! Microsoft goes gay in India.

OFF THE BLOTTER: NOMNOMNOM is starting a crusade... I mean anti-marriage ad blitz. Conservatives may be cheering about the New York Times' decline now, but when the uber-left-leaning web takes the helm of journalism, they're going to miss it. Did AT&T--a sponsor of American Idol--cheat to help Kris Allen win?



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