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ROUNDUP 707-Obama struggles with his faith, Palm Center on DADT, ME, MD, MN, NH, TX and Conservative gays in the UK!

FIRST|| This is going to be the last roundup for a bit. I'm going to try to transition into DAILY VODCASTS on the top 10 stories to replace the roundup. Its going to be really fun and exciting! I want to keep the vodcast about 10-15 minutes total, so it'll be digestible. And it will SURELY be funny!

In.D.C|| Marriage Recognition begins NOW in our Nation's Capitol! Obama's openly gay former deputy campaign director, Steve Hildebrand, tells Rex Wockner that the LGBT community AND THEIR ALLIES need to put continuous pressure on Obama to make good on all of those promises. The President tells Catholic Media he's wrestling with his faith and concern for gays and lesbians. On DADT, the Palm Center released a legal memo providing guidance to Defense Secretary Robert Gates about that "more humane" approach to applying "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."

STATE2STATE|| Today in MAINE, memorials for Charlie Howard--a gay man killed in Bangor 25 years ago today--are occurring around the city--with Governor John Baldacci commenting on the tragedy in the Bangor Daily News. We need to continue to self-monitor our levels of bigotry and intolerance, as hate still results in violence today--most recently, the deplorable death of August Provost at Camp Pendleton. In MARYLAND, Governor Martin O'Malley seems to be receptive to the plan by State Senator Richard Madeleno to determine whether or not it is feasible to recognize out of state marriages. Furthermore, he also seems to now be in support of Civil Unions! Good news for MINNESOTA as Al Franken is finally sworn in! In NEW HAMPSHIRE, moderate Republican Attorney General Kelly Ayotte is resigning to run for Sen. Judd Gregg's soon-to-be-open seat. On the TEXAS Rainbow Lounge fiasco, AfterElton has put together a map of all of the REAL crimes that were occurring in Fort Worth at the time of the sweep.

AROUND/THE/GLOBE|| In the UK, the British Conservative party--Tories as we know them--have spent the last decade courting gays, and its paying off--38% of gay men intend to vote Conservative next election. Could the American Republicans learn something from this?



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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!