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How Gay Marriage Broke Through the Voting Booth Barrier

Marriage has evolved over thousands of years; it is about time.

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On Election Day, voters in Maine, Maryland, and (in a tight vote where mail ballots continue to be processed) Washington made history when they voted to allow same-sex couples to marry.These ballot measures were the first state-wide votes approving same-sex marriage, which had been enacted previously only through legislative or judicial actions. Minnesotans also changed gay politics: they were the first to reject a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. (Half the states have approved such amendments, which have almost always passed with easy majorities.)

Over the past 15 years, Americans have become steadily more supportive of marriage rights for gay couples. According to Gallup, exactly half the country now supports legalizing gay marriage. But it took years for popular opinion to change, so gay-marriage advocates fought most of their battles in courts and, later, legislatures. (The first state to legalize gay marriage was Massachusetts, whose Supreme…

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Thank goodness. I am still nervous, but maybe this will stop some of the bullying.

CNN Political Ticker

Washington (CNN) — The Justice Department Friday announced that it is dispatching more than 780 federal observers and monitors to 23 states to watch for potential problems which would violate voting rights protected by federal law.

The Justice Department said it was sending observers to 51 jurisdictions in those states to help enforce federal voting rights laws which protect ballot access.

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Election Day is Finally Here: Vote

I am at work today, drinking my morning coffee, and unusually distracted by social media.  I vow, from this day forward, to take Election Day off of work.  Today is THE day many of us have been waiting for, the day millions of Americans go to the polls to cast ballots for representatives in government, including the President of The United States.

I voted early.  I am reading already of long lines and poll-watchers.  It is my hope that long wait times and bullies do not deter people from exercising their constitutional right to vote.  Focus on the future.  Our nation is recovering, albeit slow, but numbers do not lean left or right.

We cannot afford a government that is willing to legislate the rights of women to choose.  The government already tells me that I cannot marry the person I love.  I have been in a committed relationship for 11 years, through multiple celebrity and friends marriages and divorces.  President Obama has made huge and historical strides for LGBT equality and rights.

CONservatives by definition are against change.  We live in a world where everything around us is ever-changing.  We need to move forward, PROgress.

#ObamaBiden2012

Senator Sanders Answer to Citizens United

Corporate Personhood. Is there such a thing? According to our Supreme Court there is. Unlimited election spending is only going to get us politicians who are indebted to special interests instead of the people who elected them. Unprecedented money has been used in this upcoming presidential election. My only hope is the people will research the issues on their own via non-partisan sources.

Mitt Romney Style (Gangnam Style Parody)

Here is another of my favorite videos from this campaign season.

Why Republicans Say You Shouldn’t Vote for Romney

My favorite part is where Newt is asked if he thinks Mitt is a liar and he flatly responds “Yes”. So true.

The Keys to Ohio: Five Counties that Could Decide the Presidency

Wow, I knew Ohio was key in this election, but I had no idea. I live in Montgomery County and voted 2 weeks ago. The early vote is being pushed and volunteers are working hard.

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Columbus, Ohio 

Don’t begrudge Ohio its role as the nation’s premier presidential bellwether. For one thing, it’s no fun, as Ohioans themselves will tell you. (Spare a thought for the more than 90% of voters who have long since made up their minds, yet were forced to endure some 60,000 ads over the past month  — enough for 80 straight days of viewing, if that sort of torture were your thing.) And if one state must hold the fate of the nation in its hands, Ohio is as good a place as any. Perhaps no state better encapsulates the character of the country — its demographic diversity, its classic tensions between progressive cities and rural conservatism.

The local adage is that there are “five Ohios,” from the swath of Democratic territory in the northeast to the stretch of southwest Ohio that skews as conservative as the Deep South. As…

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