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COFFEE 624 - NEW YORK GOES CRAZY; LOTS ON WHITE HOUSE; NEW SPIRITQ SECTION.

In.D.C|| HUD Non-Discrimination Policy unclear on transgender protections, despite using the full "LGBT" acronym five times in yesterday's news release. With all of the criticism for Joe Solmonese supposedly ranking the order gay bills should be passed (which I really doubt, but anyway) Indegayforum's David Link takes a look at why just such a strategy--putting DOMA and DADT repeals before passing ENDA--is a good idea. WHITE/HOUSE/WATCH|| On Pam's House Blend, MY FRIEND LANE HUDSON HASHES OUT LESSONS THE WHITE HOUSE OUGHT TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR (MIS)-HANDLING OF LGBT EQUALITY. Tanya Domi, former Captain United States Army--newly added to Pam's House Blend--writes Obama's Moral Test: What Will Be the Measure of this Man on the Most Pressing Civil Rights Issue of our Age? Dump DOMA sponsors, People For the American Way release Open Letter to President Obama about LGBT Equality. CHUCK WOLFE AND HILARY ROSEN HAVE NOW PULLED OUT OF TOMORROW'S LGBT DNC D.C. FUNDRAISER WITH JOE BIDEN! Meanwhile, remember the DOJ brief for the Federal case against DOMA? The lawyers for the plaintifs in that case are bringing Obama's remarks at the 'Memorandum' ceremony to the judge, asking him to request the administration clarify its position on the issue. Rupaul would call that a shade shady. Michelle Obama to SF gay photographer: "Give your husband a hug from me." SECRETARY GATES FAVORS THE NOMINATION OF OPENLY GAY WILLIAM WHITE TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT DEPUTY CHIEF MANAGEMENT POST! The NYT weighs in on that LGBT Stonewall 40 cocktail party at the White House this Monday.

STATE2STATE|| In NEW YORK, Governor David Patterson confirms that 'Civil Rights' is on the agenda at the Special Senate Session; says "...legislation have always come to Albany to die. We are changing the culture here." Later in the day, the Senate Democrats LOCKED themselves in the chamber--and locked the Republicans out. TODAY MARRIAGE EQUALITY WILL BE AT THE TOP OF THE AGENDA, HOWEVER! A new Quinnipiac poll there shows 51% of New York state residents are now in favor of Marriage Equality. BoxTurtleBulletin breaks down the demographics.

SPIRITQ|| The Advocate reports that a group of progressive/moderate Mormons have launched a site requesting the LDS church apologize for damage done to gays and lesbians and to soften stance on homosexuality. George Barna reports to Christians: gays really are Christians too!

OFF/THE/MAP|| Sooprise, sooprise: 'America's Pastor' Rick Warren couldn't wait to key-note address the anti-gay Episcopalian break-aways! A graphical overview has been created of the Marriage Equality debate overview from the Pew Forum last year. BoxTurtleBulletin speculates about that study that found that homosexual behavior suggesting that in addition to being a product of evolution, it may have driven natural selection as well. The Santa Rosa CA 'Ex-gay' pastor... that isn't so much.

TOAST TO ANGELA AT T-MOBILE FOR MY NEW G1 WITH ANDROID BY GOOGLE! NOW DOES ANYONE KNOW A GOOD BLOGGING APPLICATION THAT WILL ALLOW ME TO CUT LINKS FROM READER AND PASTE THEM IN THE BLOG POST?

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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!