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CLOSING TIME 622 - Lieberman sucks, the White House is trying to quietly appease us, and is NY Marriage dead or rising?

On.D.C|| Its no secret I hate Joe Lieberman's guts. However, Pam's House Blend contributor John Visser wrote to Sen. Lieberman about his stances on DOMA, DADT, ENDA, UAFA, and Matthew Shepard Act, and the Lieberman office's incomplete, canned and outdated response touting the virtues of man-on-woman traditional exclusive marriage is all the more reason to hate him. The country would be much better off if he retired QUICKLY. WHITE/HOUSE/WATCH|| The White House has sent out invitations to prominent LGBT leaders and hastily set up a Stonewall Celebration Monday, the day after the 40th anniversary, most likely in order to appease gay outrage at his administration's cold shoulder after we worked our asses off to get him elected. Judy is turning over in her 40 year old (plus 1 day) grave. The event, however, is not one the White House seems to want to be publicized--they aren't even answering the New York Times' questions about it. Meanwhile, after one decent day of likeable answers, Robert Gibbs is back to not knowing anything about what the White House plans to do to help us achieve equality (pssst, that's because there are no plans!).

STATE2STATE|| Tomorrow may be the day for Marriage Equality in NEW YORK as the Senate reconvenes to vote on over 40 crucial bills in an emergency session called by Governor David Patterson. David Patterson has said that Marriage Equality is not yet on the agenda... that DOESN'T mean it won't be brought up, though. I'm calling Tom Duane in the morning.

OFF.THE.MAP|| Hit-making Ohio Drag Queen comes out as a Catholic Priest... Old Order Catholic, not Roman Catholic. Here's her video!



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