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04/19/2007


MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Talks with Ken Mehlman, Richard Socarides About DOMA, Prop. 8 Cases: VIDEO

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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts today spoke with former RNC Chair Ken Mehlman who led the Republican amicus brief opposing Proposition 8, about yesterday's arguments. In a separate segment, he spoke with out gay Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) and former Clinton aide Richard Socarides.

Check out all the conversations, AFTER THE JUMP...

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A New Day Dawns In Congress, Though Not Bright Enough

CongressnewdayWith the new Congress settling in, Jeremy Peters of the New York Times today discusses how gay and lesbian lawmakers are slowly emerging from the shadows, an illustration of society's own evolution. But things are far from perfect.

Congress has never been an accurate reflection of the country it serves. It remains far whiter, wealthier and more male than the nation’s population. But as their numbers in Congress gradually increase, there is a sense among these newcomers that they are forcing some of their colleagues to rethink gay rights and homosexuality.

The presence of openly gay men and women and their families was a factor that many believe was decisive in turning the tide for states where same-sex marriage was legalized by legislatures. Seeing them helped put a human face on a concept that many legislators had thought about only in the abstract.

Yet even with the opportunities gay men, lesbians and bisexuals say their membership in Congress presents, their reception has not been a completely warm one. One of the first acts of the Republican-controlled House was to set aside funds to defend the 1996 law that prohibits the recognition of same-sex marriages because the Obama administration has stopped supporting it. And not everyone seems completely comfortable with their presence, like members of a Christian prayer group who seemed taken aback at a recent Congressional retreat when one noted he was married to a man. But in some ways the most telling sign of the gay lawmakers' advancement in Congress is the fact that their presence is now a little more routine.

The fact of the matter, though, is that gay and lesbian lawmakers are still a little over 1 percent of Congress, and the bulk of the GOP-controlled House remain obstinate on equality. Only 184 members have come out for LGBT rights, according to HRC; 220, a majority, are opposed.

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New Poll Shows Voters Favor Marriage Equality in Rhode Island, David Cicilline: VIDEO

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A new WPRI poll released on Monday shows a majority of Rhode Island voters favor marriage equality:

Same-sex marriage enjoys significant support in Rhode Island, with 56% of voters in favor of legalizing it, 36% opposed to doing so and 14% unsure. Support is strongest among Democrats (72% in favor) and voters ages 18 to 39 (64% in favor), while opposition is highest among Republicans (59% opposed) and voters 60 and older (43% opposed).

CicillineThe poll is also good news for out gay Rep. David Cicilline, running for reelection in November:

Congressman David Cicilline has engineered a remarkable eight-month turnaround in his re-election race against Brendan Doherty, rebounding from a 15-point deficit to take a six-point lead, according to an exclusive WPRI 12 poll released Monday evening.

The new survey of 250 likely voters in Rhode Island's 1st Congressional District shows Democrat Cicilline at 44%, Republican Doherty at 38% and independent David Vogel at 6%, with 10% of voters undecided. That's a 21-point swing since the February WPRI 12 poll, when Doherty led Cicilline 49% to 34%.

"There's no question this race has gone the opposite way," WPRI 12 political analyst Joe Fleming said. "Doherty's lead has evaporated. ... It's obvious the messaging that David Cicilline has been using is working - he's making this a national campaign."

WPRI's on-air report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) Wins Democratic Primary in Night of Wins for Several Other LGBT Candidates

Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) (pictured), one of four openly gay members of Congress, won his primary last night against Anthony Gemma whom he faced in his first run for the House and will now face anti-equality Republican Brendan Doherty this November, the Victory Fund reports.

CicillineThey also report on two more big races that saw favorable results yesterday.

Two candidates seeking seats in the Delaware legislature could become the first LGBT candidates to fill them, as both won their primaries last night. " Andy Staton is seeking a seat in the Delaware Senate, while Marie Mayor is running for State House seat," the VF reports.

And New Hampshire has elected an openly gay state Senator: "[David] Pierce is the first openly LGBT candidate to be elected to the state senate as a freshman.  Two other gay state senators came out while in office, but none are currently serving."

Congrats to all.


LGBT Stories: Rep. David Cicilline Discusses Running as an Out Politician, Homophobia of the Press

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Guestblogger Nathan Manske and Marquise Lee just finished a 4 month, 50 state tour of the United States collecting stories for their I'm From Driftwood site. We'll be sharing some of the stories they collected along with some of the insight into what they saw. They're still encouraging people to submit their written stories via IFD.

Driftwood We met with then Providence Mayor David Cicilline just a few weeks before he would become a U.S. congressman. I love how his story shows that times are truly changing. Running for office, he wanted to make sure everyone knew he’s gay, as opposed to keeping it quiet. It’s a good thing when stories like these are beginning to appear more often than scandalous stories about closeted politicians.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: New Gay Congressman David Cicilline's Victory Speech

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Openly gay Providence mayor David Cicilline was elected to Congress last night, making him the fourth currently serving member (with Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, and Jared Polis).

Watch his victory speech, AFTER THE JUMP...

Read my full wrap-up of the evening and key races, HERE.

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