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NYT Conservative Says Opposing Marriage-Equality is a Losing Battle

Everybody knows it... Everybody knows it... Everybody knows its true...:
"New York Times conservative columnist, Ross Douthat, became physically uncomfortable when he was asked what his thoughts were on the issue of marriage-equality at a panel discussion about young conservatives for the N+1 magazine.

On the panel Douthat had this to say, 'I am someone opposed to gay marriage who is deeply uncomfortable arguing the issue in public,' reports Matt Frassica, who wrote about the incident for The New York Observer. Douthat later said that opposition to marriage-equality is a losing argument, and told the Observer, ''If I were putting money on the future of gay marriage, I would bet on it.' and 'The secular arguments against gay marriage, when they aren't just based on bigotry or custom, tend to be abstract in ways that don't find purchase in American political discourse. I say, ‘Institutional support for reproduction,' you say, ‘I love my boyfriend and I want to marry him.' Who wins that debate? You win that debate.'"

I think everyone KNOWS that we're going to have Marriage Equality eventually... its a matter of when. Do we continue this long, drawn out, oh so late debate in which we amp up the anti-gay rhetoric, which in turn--in its wake--leads to violence and retaliation against innocent American Citizens who happen to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender; as well as--in its wake--leads to harassment and bullying in schools which is why the LGBT youth suicide rate is FOUR TIMES the average? OR do we get Conservatives to say, "I don't want to be on the wrong side of history" and convince them that the right, Conservative, Patriotic AMERICAN thing to do is to support Equality?



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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!