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COFFEE HOUR 504 - Calling out Obama, Col. Diane Schroer wins, Maggie Gallagher, and OUTrage.

First: Maggie Gallagher, Stephen Baldwin, former Miss USA/Miss California USA/Director of the Miss California USA Pageant, and Former Miss California Reverend Nicole Lamarche all debate with Joy Behar on Larry King Live--ITS SO AWESOME!


White House Watch: In December, Barak Obama told us he had always been a "consistent" and "fierce advocate" for the gay community. In four and a half months in office, the most we've gotten out of the White House is a single 1-paragraph statement supporting the Hate Crimes Legislation that was at the time going through Congress. For years--especially those years they were the underdogs--democrats have relied on the LGBT community for staunch support, money, time and expertise. I knew no less than one dozen gay and lesbian people working/volunteering for Obama's campaign in some visible capacity throughout the duration of the campaign. I knew two straight people. One was a major ally of the LGBT community. However, LGBT people have often worried if Democratic support for LGBT causes is merely lip service, or if Democrats will truly put in the effort to FINALLY bring equality to a very large group of Americans. Here are things that the White House can do RIGHT NOW for LGBT equality to make a strong statement that the Campaign language was more than just rhetoric. It is ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL that the LGBT community take Democrats to task on this while Democrats have control of the White House and the legislature. It may seem harsh, but its a matter of supreme urgency. I see the Democrats controlling things for a while, myself, but if they lose control THERE IS NO WAY THAT THE LGBT COMMUNITY WILL RECEIVE ANY TRACTION IN FAVOR OF EQUALITY IN A REPUBLICAN CONTROLLED LEGISLATURE OR PRESIDENCY!!! This is reality. No disrespect to President Obama, but if he doesn't do it--and he's replaced in four or eight years by GOP--we're screwed. We need him to act and act now.

Off-the-Blotter: CNN talks with a slew of experts on the new movie OUTrage, about being a closeted homo politician. Why is the American South so lusty? Romney and Cantor really break the mold on Marriage Equality in this interview. Remember when Giuliani said he'd officiate his best friend's wedding to his same-sex partner when it was legal--the guy who took Rudy in during his divorce--Rudy decided to skip his wedding this week. What a pal. Anita Br... I mean Carrie Prejean--Miss Cali-phobia--took her one-woman press tour to The 700 Club this week. Shocker. One of the best videos for Marriage Equality yet!

Learn the storied history of Gay Philadelphia!

TOAST TO EVERYONE WHO CONTACTED THE WHITE HOUSE LAST WEEK AND GOT THE LGBT AGENDA PUT BACK ON THE WEBSITE!

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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!