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According to The Advocate, The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act may be attached to the Defense Department Authorization Bill by vote today:

The Senate is expected to vote Thursday on whether to attach to the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act to the Department of Defense authorization bill.

Democratic Senate majority leader Harry Reid called for the vote Wednesday.

"We must act in the name of Judy Shepard, of her son Matthew Shepard," Reid said from the Senate floor, "so that others may know justice. If their country doesn't stand up for them, if we don't stand up for them, who will?"

Some Republicans oppose the measure, but most Democrats support it and Reid hopes to get help from GOP moderates such as Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine and Judd Gregg of New Hampshire in order to meet the 60-vote threshold necessary to pass the amendment.

I'm still nervous about this bill (see my previous post about attaching the DADT moratorium to it). The Defense Authorization is very controversial--let's be careful.


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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!