Video: 99 Iowa counties, 1 anti-equality focus

Don’t you dare think Bob Vander Plaats is going to rest on the laurels of turning Iowa’s judicial retention process into a highly politicized, largely out-of-state, single issue catharsis that pitted qualified judges’ careers against conservatives’ anti-equality whims. Oh no. Bob and his pal Matt Reisetter are turning that effort into an all-out, 99 county tour across the great Hawkeye State, with a driving goal of rolling back the benign civil rights progress that’s currently not hurting the state, its children, its Christians, or its heterosexual married couples in any marked way.

Here’s the promo:





*See Tour Stops/Dates

With gas prices being what they are, this constitutes such a waste of peace.

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*RELATED: IOWA GOVERNOR-ELECT TERRY BRANSTAD: DON’T IMPEACH JUDGES FOR GAY MARRIAGE DECISION [Towle]




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Suckered Stachowski: One more anti-equality NY Dem goes down

201009142251Last December, Bill Stachowski was one of the eight Dems to vote against marriage equality. Tonight he might be reconsidering that move:

Riding a wave of anti-incumbent voter anger and his own promises to clean up Albany, Timothy M. Kennedy defeated longtime incumbent William T. Stachowski in their bruising State Senate Democratic primary today.

Stachowski concedes to Kennedy in Democratic primary [Buffalo News]

You don’t have to accept second class status. Fight Back!

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**EARLIER: Fight Back New York’s ad against Stachowski: Audio: Bill’s overdue: Fight Back NY mulls laying off Stachowski [G-A-Y]

Stachowski robocall about the big, bad gays: Audio: Stachowski shocked — SHOCKED! — by gays’ principled spines [G-A-Y]

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**MORE: Celebratory statement from HRC:

New York One Step Closer to Marriage Equality with Tim Kennedy Primary Win

HRC-Endorsed Candidate Defeats Anti-Equality State Senator William Stachowski

WASHINGTON – Tonight the Human Rights Campaign – the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization – hailed state senate candidate Tim Kennedy’s triumphant victory over anti-equality state senator William Stachowski in the SD 58 Democratic primary election. HRC endorsed Tim Kennedy, a pro-equality candidate, as part of the Campaign for New York Marriage, which aims to help re-elect senators who supported marriage equality, defeat incumbent opponents and elect fair-minded candidates to open seats.

“Tonight voters sent a clear message to lawmakers everywhere that taking a stand for equality is the right thing to do,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “With high reelection rates for incumbent state Senators, Tim Kennedy’s win is a tremendous victory for treating every New Yorker with dignity and respect.”

“I would like to thank the Human Rights Campaign for the assistance they have provided in my effort to change Albany,” Kennedy said. “HRC staff and volunteers played a key role in ensuring a major victory.”

HRC’s Campaign for New York Marriage has been working in cooperation with Fight Back New York, Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry and Marriage Equality New York to close the eight-vote gap blocking marriage equality in the New York state Senate. As part of the campaign, HRC endorsed Tim Kennedy and provided direct contributions, staff resources and volunteers to his campaign. Unfortunately two endorsees – Charlie Ramos and Lynn Nunes – were not successful in their primaries today.

HRC’s New York PAC has raised over 0,000 so far this election cycle and mobilized its 70,000 members in the state. HRC’s involvement in New York state elections dates back to 2007 when HRC endorsed pro-equality candidate Craig Johnson from Long Island won a seat in the state Senate that had been held by anti-equality senators for over 100 years.

Solmonese added, “With marriage equality hanging on the balance as we look toward November, this is a critical election season in New York. The Empire State will be a national leader in fight for equality.”

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.




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Openly gay Palm Springs mayor Steve Pougnet is ready to unseat anti-equality Mary Bono Mack

Kudos to Adam Bink for taking the discussion of the mid-terms in a different direction.

I have gotten somewhat tired of hearing the woes of Dems this cycle from folks reading Politico and assuming the majorities will all but evaporate. There’s an intentional ignorance in the traditional media to forget about open Senate seats ripe for pickup in New Hampshire, Missouri, Ohio and Kentucky, and competitive seats in North Carolina and elsewhere. For a variety of reasons, there hasn’t been as much attention on the House, where I’m focusing on CA-45, a district where Obama won and we have a candidate that can do the same.

CNN has a profile up about Steve Pougnet, the openly gay mayor of Palm Springs, CA who is running to take down Mary Bono Mack, the Republican incumbent. Steve, who I profiled earlier here, would be the first married, openly gay parent elected two Congress (he and his partner are raising twins, Julia and Beckham).

We met Steve while at Netroots Nation this year (above photo), and this is one seat that is winnable, and Steve is a well-known and much respected official. Bono Mack is severely underperforming for her district; she’s simply not doing the job and thinks no one is looking. Even worse, she’s painted as some sort of moderate Republican. Don’t be fooled. This is not moderate:

* She voted against repeal of DADT;

* She has not co-sponsored ENDA (or even say whether she will support it;

* She supported the 1999 Largent Amendment that would have banned same-sex adoption in the District of Columbia;

* She even voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.

If you see our friends at GOProud and LCR endorsing her, it’s a fair question to ask why her anti-equality positions are acceptable in 2010. Meanwhile, take a look at Pougnet’s first ad:

And the pitch…

Chip in on ActBlue here.

You can also tweet a donation to the campaign:

@adamjbink Donate @StevePougnet via @ActBlue to help air his first TV ad: http://bit.ly/bF5Lhy #LGBT #gay

Pougnet for Congress.
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Video: Paper, personal objections, and fear = non-binding anti-equality

It turns out that we shouldn’t marry, fellow gays. Ya know, because one Judge Executive in Whitley County, KY, has “moral objections” that he wishes to codify into law, starting with a completely time-wasting, wholly non-binding resolution:



Whitley County Fiscal Court passes resolution aimed at banning same-sex marriage [WYMT]

Okay, kids, we have a project for you:

STEP1: Get a piece of paper. It can be a sticky note. Or a scrap piece. Or a gum wrapper. Anything, really.

STEP2: Write a personal whim on said paper. One than bans some group from doing something. It can be faith-based, like if you have some dietary commandment you follow. Or it can be about whatever you personally dislike. For me, it’s ketchup. For you, who knows?

STEP3: Smugly look at what you wrote. Even pat yourself on the back, if you feel so inclined. Go ahead. Superiority = America.

STEP4: Call local TV crews. Talk about how you’d like to take your ideas national. Bonus points if you can find some sort of public opinion polling that helps make your whim sound like a majority consensus, independent from constitutionality.

STEP5: Congratulate yourself once more. For you have just created a personally-motivated document and news story with as much legal power as the Whitley Court, KY, Fiscal Court.

STEP6: Count up the minutes that you could have instead been dedicating to actual problems. Continue to ignore them in favor of baseless discrimination.

Repeat whenever some other group you don’t support gets “radical” and/or “uppity” enough to seek basic peace and fairness.

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*SEE ALSO: Meet the panel who gave unanimous approval to this resolution: Elected officials [Whitley County]




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Costa Rica’s Supreme Court calls anti-equality marriage referendum unconstitutional

More amazing news today from Latin America by way of Andr?s Duque:

OMG. What IS going on in Latin America! Just a couple of hours ago, the Supreme Court in Costa Rica ruled that a referendum scheduled for December 1st which would have banned marriage rights for same-sex couples was unconstitutional.

The article does not give the vote total but says that the majority determined that the issue of marriage rights was a judicial issue and not an electoral issue and that the rights of minorities should never be subjected to a referendum process where they might be subjected to the wishes of a majority.

Spanish language article here.

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