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First: MAINE makes five. NEW HAMPSHIRE may be six... What a HUGE DAY! Governor Baldacci becomes the very first governor to sign a Marriage Equality Bill (that hadn't been forced by judicial action). Now John Lynch stands to make history in NEW HAMPSHIRE. The Marriage Equality bill sits on his desk--will he sign it?

Nationally: Rep Sanchez from California introduced Federal anti-bullying legislation today! Why are people so upset that a single woman may replace SCOTUS Justice Souter?

Party Time: Republicans seem to be getting better and better at making all of the wrong moves. Now they're hanging Governor Pawlenty out to dry over Al Franken. What loyalty! Dems pretty much do the same thing to Arlen Specter. Ouch. Neither are very nice parties, are they.

State2State: THE CURRENT STATE OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY!!! In NEW YORK LGBT activists are sure new polls showing half of voters support Marriage Equality will force the Senate to vote. One Democratic NEW YORK Senator is stonewalling his pro-equality constituents, however. In CALIFORNIA the new Marriage Equality vote--which includes religious protections--is ****** --activists say: If not now, when? In WASHINGTON D.C, Marion "crack-pipe" Barry might have a Congressional ally on his crusade to stop Marriage Equality in D.C.--but hold the phones, Nancy Pelosi--who has recently disappointed us by stepping back on the repeal of DOMA--is going to make up for that by protecting Marriage Equality in D.C. with all of her might! Conservatives in WASHINGTON state are pessimistic about their chances of repealing Domestic Partnership benefits there.

Around the Globe: A Russian lesbian couple are attempting to be the first to be turned down for Marriage there. New Zealand celebrates 256 same-sex unions.

Off the Blotter: An executive at a Philadelphia LGBT services organization extorted $138 thousand for cosmetic surgery. NOM is advertising on LGBT sites--HA! More about Marie Osmand and her lesbian daughter. Winchester is out--David Ogden Stiers comes out and is looking for a hubby. On Rachel Maddow today, Ron Paul is joined the cacophony of Republicans calling for the party to wake up and smell the coffee.

On the calendar: NEW YORK Marriage Equality meetings.

Finally: Representative Virginia Foxx sends a letter of apology to Judy Shepard for calling her son's death a hoax. She's been making waves in her home state, and may want to cool her jets. When the bill passed, it did more than protect gays--it made local law enforcement agencies better equipped to deal with the terrible strain that Hate Crimes put on a small community. It made everyone in every community safer and better off.


PS, there were about 12 more stories, but they'll have to wait til morning!


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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!