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Harry Reid supports end to Military discharges--but will he do anything? provides us with an update on Reid's support for a permanent end to military discharges, a story that began circulating yesterday.  Apparently now he's not behind the 18-month moratorium proposed by Sen Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) because he would rather it be permanent--and so would we!  However, Kirsten Gillibrand's two-step process may make it a bit more pallatable for more conservative lawmakers.  This would give us 18 months to work on them.  Then again, the Dallas Principles demand "No delay.  No excuses." 

Is a moratorium truly a delay, though?  With a moratorium, the discharges under DADT WILL stop.  And we can reasonably assume that it will be easier to pass an overturn of the gay ban in the military if 'no discharges' is already the status quo.  Its unlikely that lawmakers will allow the moratorium to expire and for discharges to begin again--causing all SORTS of NEW problems and issues for a military that has had out soldiers for well over a year at that point.  Is this Harry Reid's stall tactic? 




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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!