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09/07/2012

Because NOM owns marriage, if you didn't already know.

Last night, while addressing an America where gays have been scapegoats for far too long, President Obama was sure to chastise those who are so deadset on blaming certain groups for our problems here at home. So what does the...

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Video: Welcome to the party, LGBT inclusion #DNC2012

I second what my pal Joe said. Even having been there every day and capturing all of the LGBT mentions in text, this video still blows me away:

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Video: The viciously anti-gay ('affront to God') NOM event that no one saw #DNC2012

The National Organization For Marriage is touting this video as if it was actually part of the Democratic Convention. I can tell you that no one I spoke to in three days had any clue that staged press conference took...

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Perhaps my biggest takeaway from last night... #DNC2012

…is that the President of the United States gave pointedly dismissive mention to "Washington politicians who want to decide who you can marry" and yet this is the first time I, one of this nation's biggest LGBT political geeks, is...

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Day Three—we are the Democrats #DNC2012

Folks, we are looking at a new Democratic party that is finally, at long last, refusing to allow the opposition define the party, its values, and its top elected officials. That was my largest takeaway from night three. It was...

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09/06/2012

President to nation: Gays are not the problem, not to blame #DNC2012

"We don’t think government can solve all our problems. But we don’t think that government is the source of all our problems – any more than are welfare recipients, or corporations, or unions, or immigrants, or gays, or any other...

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Joe Biden's future #DNC2012

"We see a future where everyone rich or poor does their part and has a part. A future where we depend more on clean energy from home and less on oil from abroad. A future where we’re #1 in the...

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The #DNC2012 marriage equality video

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Speeches with LGBT content (3rd night) #DNC2012

Jason Crow, Capt. U.S. Army (ret.): President Obama knows that the military is the standard-bearer for American values. It was wrong that men and women I served with could be told they weren't good enough just because of their sexual...

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Barney Frank's speech (as prepared but not delivered) #DNC2012

Rep. Barney Frank's DNC speech was completely off script. What follows are the remarks as prepared. Once I get video or text of the remarks as delivered (which included a few LGBT-specific shoutouts), I'll post for contrast: When it comes...

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DNC Night 3—lots of LGBT #DNC2012

In addition to a whole host of friendly elected voices (including the V.P. and P.), tonight's schedule will feature a video and remarks pertaining to Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal, a video about marriage equality, remarks from Zach Wahls, and...

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DNC Night 3—one unfortunate choice #DNC2012

Tonight's closing Benediction will be delivered by Cardinal Timothy Dolan. This Cardinal Dolan: Archbishop Timothy Dolan blogged that “history, natural law, the Bible...the religions of the world, human experience, and just plan gumption tells us” marriage is between a man...

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(2nd) LGBT Caucus Liveblog #DNC2012

12:01: Brian Bond praises Obama campaign manager Jim Messina; Jim Messina praises Brian Bond 12:02: Messina talks about a pen President Obama gave him in recognition of DADT repeal. 12:02: Messina talks DADT repeal process. 12:04: Messina says it's incredibly...

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Day Two—a cerebral schoolhouse #DNC2012

If the first round of speeches were marked by fire, passion, and a certain First Lady, the second night in the convention hall was, to my eyes and ears, a much wonkier night of political conviction. Yes, there were heartfelt...

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President Bill Clinton #DNC2012

President Bill Clinton's speech was as masterfully political as one would expect, as captivatingly personal as one would hope, and as strong as any we've seen at the Democratic Convention. Clinton lectured to ears far beyond just the ardent ones...

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09/05/2012

Speeches with LGBT content (2nd night) #DNC2012

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (IL-4): From marriage equality to voting rights - someone will fight against expanding the rights enjoyed by some Americans to all Americans. There is always someone who says--these rights, these liberties, and this equality--it's just for me...

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Video: 'Four' play: Hoping to turn momentum into a quartet-ebration

A new campaign focused on the four states where rights are on the ballot this fall (ME, MN, MD, WA): THE FOUR 2012

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Sand Obama makes my own beach-based triumphs seem trivial #DNC2012

Move over, President Empty Chair. Meet President Sandy: So far, no GOP operative seems to have utilized his or her right to bear water guns.

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Ann Romney likes 'Modern Family'; Michelle Obama lending actual muscle to modern families like mine #DNC2012

I'm hoping to get a transcript of her full remarks from today's Human Rights Campaign/Victory Fund luncheon, since I was invited in a non-press capacity so didn't have my laptop out capturing the speech. But I can go ahead and...

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Day One — defined by inclusion #DNC2012

Last night, before hitting the hay after a long day of Democract-ing, I happened to catch out New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn on MSNBC, talking about the chills she felt while watching the First Lady and others mention...

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09/04/2012

Speeches with LGBT content #DNC2012

Andrew Tobias, Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee: This is the fourth time I've had the honor to address you as your treasurer. And each time, I speak about the same two things: money and equality. First: Money. The Democratic...

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It's official — Democratic party adopts pro-equality platform #DNC2012

If you ever get the chance to hear thousands of people yelling, in one resounding voice, to adopt language that supports—at long last—your freedom to marry the person you love, I recommend you do it. Marriage equality is here, now...

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Early shot from inside the arena #DNC2012

An hour later: I'll update a third time when the First Lady speaks. That is if I don't lose this seat when I get up to roam. **UPDATE: This is right before the First Lady began. I backed up a...

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Video: Gary Bauer boldly reminds America of GOP's startling misfocus, commitment to discrimination

From longtime GOP thought leader (and former Family Research Council president) Gary Bauer: **Geidner has more at Buzzfeed, including GOProud groans "Weird, it's totally the change I voted for," say both Jeremy and the future.

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LGBT Caucus #DNC2012

Happening now. 12:09: Brian Bond introduces Special Adviser Valerie Jarrett 12:10: Jarrett thanks LGBT delegates for efforts. Emphasizes fairness and respect. 12:12: Jarrett says we can't get complacent. Says we are more perfect under President Obama. 12:12: The room is...

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A maze of media #DNC2012

If the media is dying, you wouldn't know it from the DNC 2012 media room. The thing is simply massive—a labyrinthine assembly of outlets of every shape, size, and purpose, all turned out to report on the same event from...

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'Oh you're a blogger'—a shift in intonation #DNC2012

For seven years now, I've heard any number of variations of the quote in the above headline. That being the case, I've become quite adept at reading the implication based on where the speaker places the emphasis. In the early...

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Buttons, buttons, and more buttons #DNC2012

And the National Organization For Marriage's favorite:

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Read: Democrats embrace the freedom to marry

One of the big stories out of the Republican's convention was the speed and throatedness (both full) with which many in the party distanced themselves from the platform. I'll be curious to see if that happens with the Democrats here...

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