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How can the President win LGBT trust back this Saturday night?

Obama Will Speak at HRC's Pre-March Dinner. Why Now? / Queerty:

"...Obama will cheer us on, re-up his support for our civil rights, but make no firm declaration about legislation that matters most to us.

But how else to show he's a fierce advocate than by attending HRC's fancy gala Saturday night and addressing the crowd? Ben Smith reports 'organizers wouldn't discuss the details of Obama's planned speech, but gay groups don't seem to expect a major announcement, but rather an incremental one. Obama could give a date for signing hate crimes legislation — Matthew Shepherd's mother will be among the speakers — or he could come out against a marriage ban in Maine, which gay leaders have been pressing him to do.'

Obama has set the bar so law in his commitment to gay rights, we're just surprised he's showing up. Anything else is gravy."

So what do you think? Will this be another warm-fuzzy (as--in my experience--HRC dinner speeches all over the country tend to be), will it be a time to make a big announcement, or will it be something in between? I'm really interested, and wish I was going. I just also don't see the President blowing anyone's minds. This week alone the White House's statements on Don't Ask Don't Tell make us feel a little more pessimistic. When the White House is getting us ready to wait decades longer just for the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, what more could the president possibly say that could mend our confidence?


Joe Moderate said…
I've got my money on "another warm fuzzy" :-(

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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!