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HAPPY HOUR 622 - Barna dispells 'godless' myth, Sam Nun is for us now, so is Chris Dodd. SAM ADAMS IS OFF THE HOOK... FOR NOW.

FIRST|| About that new format... posting took hours that way. I want to make this easier to follow, but that's not going to be it. I'll be trying new formats in the coming weeks, your suggestions are welcome. In the meantime KEEP READING! We almost became one of the top 1000 blogs on the web for visitors on Wednesday, which means that you must like my news summaries. If I could put it together in an easier-to-read format, let me know!

BIG NEWS: Christian pollster Barna dispels anti-gay 'godless' myths!

In.D.C|| Sam Nunn, the former U.S. Senator who spearheaded the opposition to President Clinton's plan to end the military's ban on homosexuals (a plan that ended up in DADT) now says "its probably time" to reconsider Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Pursue! Who else is changing their minds? Passionate and visible DADT critic (and my personal hero), Lt. Dan Choi, has launched a personal website. Senator Chris Dodd, whose state recently became one of the Equal states, now supports Marriage Equality! LawDork presents us with a list of who we have on our side now in the Senate! SEVENTY-SEVEN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS CALL FOR SUSPENSION OF DADT DISCHARGES IN LETTER TO THE WHITE HOUSE! Meanwhile the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is officially protesting outside of the DNC LGBT fundraiser for Joe Biden! WHITE/HOUSE/WATCH|| Obama makes gay jokes... about Brian Williams and himself. White House staffers Lisa Brown and Ron Klain (Biden's chief of staff) admit personal 'frustration' on slow gay rights progress--you know who it might be better to tell that to than the American Constitution Society? YOUR BOSS!

STATE2STATE|| In NEW YORK city, the Westboro Baptist church raises 10K for a gay synagogue by protesting outside! We did a similar thing when Alan Chambers came to CMU in 2006. I raised $1350 that year for our Office of Gay and Lesbian Programs! Here in ILLINOIS, I'm going to be seeing a lot of Elementary school parents at PRIDE this weekend--on MY side of the picket line; parents--straight and gay--from Nettlehorst Elementary School in Chicago will be marching with us! Also, if you missed it this morning or last week, read Rep. Schakowsky's open letter to the LGBT community about her support for us on Capitol Hill! She's a member of the LGBT Equality caucus! In OREGON, Portland mayor Sam Adams has been cleared of any wrongdoing when he had an affair with a young former intern named Beau Breedlove. Now lets hope he keeps his pants zipped!

RANT TIME. If you're an elected gay politician, you have an obligation. You have an obligation to be better than. You need to hold yourself to a higher moral standard than the rest of your colleagues. Because a straight man has an affair and its "what a cad," but a gay man misbehaves, and we all suffer in the court of public opinion. If you need to get a Sean Cody subscription--hell I'll buy it FOR you, if it keeps your dick in your pants. But don't be pushing the line. If you're single, and you're dating around time with appropriate, legal guys, that's one thing. Don't push the age line, don't step out on your boyfriend, don't get into kinky shit that ends up TMZ fodder, no group scuz! Behave. Its your obligation. Not just to yourself, but to me, a gay man looking to SOMEDAY EVENTUALLY not be a second class citizen. So be a grown up. If you're running for public office, just agree that your STUPID FRAT BOY DAYS ARE OVER! END OF RANT.

OFF.THE.MAP|| Lance Bass has my full respect back--and I venture to say Jonny McGovern has some competition for title of "The Gay Pimp!"



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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!