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COFFEE 619 - So what's a fundraiser to do? Census Equality and ME, WI, CA, RI!

FIRST|| Clarence Page explained to the readers of the Chicago Tribune why Marriage Equality rights are a Conservative Issue. This is a MUST READ!

IN.D.C.|| So the S. has hit the F. over at that DC gay DNC fundraiser with special guest Joe Biden and... a chorus of crickets; Stonewall Democrats Drop Support of DNC LGBT Fundraiser-- Andrew Sullivan Calls for End to Donations. There's even more cancellations: And Then There Were Ten. Best analysis, however, is from Mary Bonauto from Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders: "...GLAD has never tied, and never will tie, our community's fortunes to any political party." Powerful. While its not exactly an Executive Order ending the discriminatory "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy in the military, I guess its a good step: White House Looking Into Census Inclusion. Here's even more about it from Pam's House Blend. There's no surprise that the meme here in the blogosphere is that these are pitiful moves aren't enough (which they aren't enough); here's Michelangelo Signorile on MSNBC on the whole thing. Speaking of the President, Chris Geidner over at LawDork has a great piece in Salon about what the Presidential Memo should tell us about Obama.

STATE2STATE|| Over in MAINE, New: "Maine Freedom To Marry" Unified Campaign Launched. What WISCONSIN’s Domestic Partnerships mean. Someone in CALIFORNIA needs to do something about this: Trans People Are Not Deceptive -- Like This Ad From LA Car Guy Implies We Are. In RHODE ISLAND, Marriage Equality supporting Republican former Senator Lincoln Chafee is considering a run for Governor.

OURstory|| If you haven't heard, this June 28 is the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising--the single moment that really changed gay history. There were other actions before June 28, 1969, but this is the biggest. My dad even remembered it from his childhood. During this holiest of months, its SO CRUCIAL to keep Remembering Stonewall. Check out this and other Stonewall history articles before you go out and party up this June!



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-HEY #p2! (Progressives).

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