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COFFEE HOUR 518 - RUSSIA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, WISCONSIN, AND ALL OVER!




NEW HAMPSHIRE continues to wait for Marriage Equality while John Lynch passes back the bill to congress to make some changes in the language to pretend to appease the Far Right. John Lynch, though against gay marriage, is supporting Marriage Equality because he realizes he's got to look at the issue through a 'broader lens.' Apparently the legislature is moving quickly to make these changes.





STATE2STATE: THE NEVADA LEGISLATURE PASSES DOMESTIC PARTNERSHIP BILL! However, the Governor has vowed to veto it. The WISCONSIN Supreme Court is going to hear a challenge to that state's Constitutional Amendment barring Marriage Equality--at least sometime in the near future. The plan there to give DP Benefits skirts the Constitutional ban! PENNSYLVANIA extends Domestic Partnership Benefits to same-sex spouses of employees. The CALIFORNIA bill to make official Harvey Milk day has passed the Senate. Closer now than ever to being law. CALIFORNIA is also working on a resolution to urge the U.S. Senate to pass the Hate Crimes legislation from the House. CALIFORNIA also passed an LGBT Domestic Violence Services bill. Houston TEXAS may have an out gay city councilman soon. NEW YORK's Marriage Equality rally was a total success--and drew the mayor and the Governor! But the ANTI-GAY rally drew 10,000... WHAT?


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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!