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* Steve in SC wrote me about his efforts in that state to fight the marriage amendment there. The folks in the South Carolina Equality Coalition have a great web site up and a big battle ahead of them. Here’s the action plan to get the vote out. The constitutional amendment will be voted on this November. According to, amendments limiting marriage to opposite sex-couples will be on the ballot in Alabama, South Carolina, South Dakota and Tennessee. Alabama’s a shoe-in. Sorry, Katie.

* Paul points to a story in The Olympian about the GOP wankers in the Washington state Senate that are mad that a decision is coming down in the state Supreme Court over gay marriage. The lawmakers want to have “the final say.” Bring out the tiny violin…Paul noted that he found the article interesting because: “here in California our Republican governor recently vetoed a gay marriage bill presented to him by the legislature. He said that he felt that body was not the proper one to approve gay marriage. Can you say “Catch 22”?”

* Nancy Goldstein‘s latest column at Raw Story is up, The new Gilded Age, and she notes:

I ask why it is that the excesses of the New Gilded Age, made possible by the take-from-the-poor-and-give-to-the-rich policies of the Bush administration have not:
a) led to any of the upheavals that marked the end of the first Gilded Age–strikes, riots, the creation of labor unions, legislation to rein in the excesses of big business–or
b) any of the attempts to protect the rights of consumers, workers, immigrants, or the poor that followed, during the Progressive era?

* Ms. Julien rightfully sounds the horn on yet another privacy wall coming down — IRS tracked taxpayers’ political affiliation.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., a member of an appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over the IRS, said the practice was an “outrageous violation of the public trust” that could undermine the agency’s credibility.

IRS officials acknowledged that party affiliation information was routinely collected by a vendor for several months. They told the vendor last month to screen the information out.

* Speaking of privacy, Holly wonders about womb control in Indiana (what is it with the Hoosiers this week?) — Lawmaker’s goal: Overturn Roe v. Wade.

Abortion would be illegal for most women in Indiana, including victims of rape and incest, under a bill filed this week in the Indiana House.

Indiana’s legislators have chipped away at abortion for decades, imposing waiting periods and other restrictions, but the measure proposed by Rep. Troy A. Woodruff, R-Vincennes, is the first direct attempt in years to outlaw most abortions.

* MadKane has another witty ditty up: Say Goodbye To Tom DeLay.

* I don’t receive the gay-themed here! channel in Durham, but there is a new lesbian romantic comedy premiering on the network called April Showers. It will be in limited release to theatres and will be coming to Cary on 1/27 (other areas are listed here). I’m hoping to get a review copy — they are advertising on the Blend — and let you all know what I think of it. There are so many dreadful lesbian films out there — some that I’ve seen at the Gay and Lesbian film festival have been laughably bad, so bad that the notoriously dreadful Claire of the Moon looked good in comparison. I’m holding high hopes that “April” will be a worthwhile sit.

* And last, but not least, Pandagon has received a spiffy makeover — go check it out.

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