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COFFEE HOUR 501 - OBAMA'S DISAPPEARING GAY GOALS, Souter Retires, Gotta Get Wed.


Nationally:  This is not good.  Thursday, within hours of having myself posted about the White House's 8 point LGBT Civil Rights Goals, The President's page had been re-written to all but write out the LGBT Rights.  WHERE HAVE THE GOALS GONE?  Also, Leftie Justice Souter is stepping down--its great that Obama will be able to replace some of the left leaning justices, but America'd really be better off if this guy left.  I feel kind of bad for the hole Michael Steele keeps digging himself.  What Barney Frank said to help get the Hate Crimes Bill passed.  Where does America stand on LGBT Equality?  Hint:  its pretty good!

State2State:  Don't know if there will be anymore information from NEW HAMPSHIRE or MAINE today--doubtful--but I'll keep you posted.  In both states the Marriage Equality Bills that passed the Senate are heading to their Houses.  Neither state's Governor has indicated he'd veto it, though MAINE's Governor seems a little more supportive.   Though not QUITE as supportive as THIS GUY!

Off the Blotter:  Wildly, my Catholic School in the 1990's allowed us to bring same-sex Prom dates--no big deal.  Most people just go with their friends anyway.  But this public school in 2009 is telling gays upfront they won't be welcome.  It's ABC NEWS's fault Virginia Foxx thought Matthew Shepard's death was a hoax.  You should go buy a Miley Cyrus album, because the uber-Right are going to try boycotting her soon for her support of Marriage Equality.

Finally:  Two Stanford University students created this awesome video send-up to some famous music videos--all in the name of trying to get people to understand why Marriage Equality is so important!

TOAST TO ABTEEN BAGHERI-FARD AND JAY KILICHAND FOR GOTTA GET WED!

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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!