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Gay marriage advocates question Paterson's clout

Gay marriage advocates question Paterson's clout:
"The marriage issue looms large once again in Albany because Paterson has been suggesting he'd get a bill voted on in a special session to be called in a couple of weeks. But voting, as he knows, is one thing, and approving, another.

Alan Van Cappelle, executive director of the Pride Agenda, drew applause by blasting the 'tepid support' of 'sorry summer soldiers' among elected officials. The message of the day was that it was time for the Senate to take a vote, up or down.

'At least we should end this year knowing who was with us and who was against us,' he said. 'If it goes down, we'll know the work we need to do in 2010.'"

I'm not in NY but I've been following this for a while. I think Governor Patterson has great intentions, but he has almost no future in NY politics--his clout is almost non-existent. If he's able to pull this off, it would be a miracle.


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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!