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Cross-posted at Pam's House Blend.

Surely Organizing for America NC is going to use its resources in its upcoming get-out-the-vote messaging before the May 8 primary to tell people going to the polls on May 8 to vote against Amendment One.

The clock is winding down and I decided to ask whether this re-election campaign is as committed to the rights of the people it asks to donate as it is to the re-election of the President.

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The time is now. The marriage amendment in North Carolina may come up for a vote tomorrow. From EqualityNC:

More information on North Carolinians can help below the fold.

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Original version posted on Pam's House Blend.

What a day! A nice rally on Halifax Mall in downtown Raleigh against the bills that would enshrine bigotry into the NC Constitution in front of the North Carolina General Assembly turned into kick-ass direct action. First, I'll give you the straight-up press release from GetEqual, and then give you my account - with plenty of video and photos.

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Cross-posted at Pam's House Blend.

After you watch the appearance of one of the members of the fierce advocacy administration, Valerie Jarrett on CNN this AM, you'll understand why Dan Choi says what he did in that headline. She parrots the usual party line that the Obama DOJ has no choice but to take the legal route it is taking. Her robotic delivery didn't help either. I watched this interview in disbelief that she could flat out say what she did with a straight face, but hey, for her it's a paycheck. For those serving in silence and the subject of witch hunts, it's their lives.

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Cross-posted at Pam's House Blend.

Republican U.S. Senate incumbent Richard Burr and Democratic challenger Elaine Marshall faced off in a debate on PBS broadcast from UNC-TV studios in Research Triangle Park. It was an embarrassing bloodbath for Burr.

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People are mourning the tragic suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi; over in Maplewood, NJ, the young life of another person was taken from this earth as the result of a fatal shooting that should also receive your attention.

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Cross-posted from Pam's House Blend.

Most readers are well aware of the answer to this question -- the Defense of Marriage Act.

Under the law, also known as DOMA, no state (or other political subdivision within the United States) needs to treat as a marriage a same-sex relationship considered a marriage in another state (DOMA, Section 2); the federal government defines marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman (DOMA, Section 3).

The bill was passed by Congress by a vote of 85–14 in the Senate[1] and a vote of 342–67 in the House of Representatives,[2] and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996.

And as a result of this disgusting law, states began passing marriage amendments.

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"At this time SLDN cannot recommend that lesbian, gay, or bisexual service members participate in any survey"
- Servicemembers Legal Defense Network Executive Director Aubrey Sarvis, 7/8/2010

As we learned yesterday, the Pentagon's survey on DADT repeal impact was sent out to 200,000 active duty troops and 200,000 reserve troops. What you were not told is how LGBs serving in silence would be able to participate without risking being outed in the process.

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) had reservations on that very matter, and requested information on the surveys and measures that would be taken to ensure there would not be any outings.

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This week I received an invitation to the White House earlier this week from the Office of Media Affairs to cover a LGBT policy briefing. What was different from the various background and off-the-record events that happen all the time was that this would be an on-the-record, face-to-face meeting with an administration official. I felt this was important to attend, for the sake of you, the readers, to represent the grassroots perspective that progress is just not where it should be.

Thursday's meeting was with Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes. To back up a bit, LGBT reporters have been on the equivalent of a resource blackout with the administration to date, with no high-level policy official focused on ensuring that the wider LGBT community is informed on administration plans or strategy. And this President has not participated in a sit-down interview with LGBT media at all since occupying the White House. And it shows - we've seen mixed messages, dodges on questions (see Robert Gibbs), and onerous surprises like the language of the DOMA brief that came as a slap in the face to the community.

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Sigh. This report is sitting right out in the public domain, and in light of some really nasty (and now relevant) comments by a member of Cal Cunningham's team at the Blend yesterday in the Jim Neal endorsement thread, people need to see the truth.  

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The News & Observer's Under the Dome reports that Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Cal Cunningham (left) has reshuffled his campaign staff as the runoff against Elaine Marshall (right) looms on June 22.

Gone is Rick Fromberg, the campaign manager, who left shortly after the primary...Also gone is Angela Guyadeen, Cunningham's communications director..."We retooled a little," said campaign spokesman Jared Leopold. "We are looking at a little different kind of campaign for the runoff, lower turnout, less of an air war, more grassroots. We've done some restructuring."

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"They said, if you was white, you'd be alright, If you was brown, stick around, But as you is black, oh brother, Get back, get back, get back."

<div align="right">-- A 1947 blues song, "Black, Brown, and White," written by Big Bill Broonzy.</div>

I wish I had some positive news to report to the people who still believe we are now living in post-racial society, but alas, our culture is still infecting children of all colors to believe that white=right. "Black or White: Kids on Race" is a segment airing on Anderson Cooper 360 this week, with Soledad O'Brien reporting.

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