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Hearings, rallies set for D.C. marriage bill | DC Blade

Are you in DC? If so, we need your help to make Marriage Equality a reality in the District:
"Same-sex marriage will be the subject of two separate public hearings Monday in the District, with dozens of witnesses expected to testify.

The D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics is scheduled to hold a 10 a.m. hearing at 441 4th St., N.W., on a voter initiative aimed at banning same-sex marriage.

Bishop Harry Jackson, a Maryland minister who is leading efforts to oppose same-sex marriage in the District, proposed the initiative. An election board spokesperson said those interested in testifying at Monday’s hearing should call 202-727-2194 to sign up.

At 3:30 p.m. the same day, D.C. City Council member Phil Mendelson is scheduled to hold a separate hearing on legislation introduced by gay Council member David Catania to legalize same-sex marriage in D.C. The hearing, sponsored by the Council’s Committee on Public Safety & Judiciary, is to be held in the City Council chambers on the fifth floor of the John Wilson City Hall Building at 1300 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W.

A spokesperson for Mendelson said more than 125 people, including opponents and supporters, were signed up to testify as of Oct. 20. The hearing is expected to continue for two days. Anyone interesting in testifying can contact Mendelson’s office at 202-724-8064."

If you live in DC, please consider doing what you can!


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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!