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"Vast majority" of House Democrats are with V.P. Biden on marriage equality


Vice President Joe Biden said he’s “absolutely comfortable” with marriage equality, and Education Secretary Arne Duncan didn't mince words: He is for same-sex marriage.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa even endorsed including a same-sex marriage plank in the national party platform.

Today, according to The Hill, Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) said that there are “mixed views” among House Democrats....

“But a vast majority of our caucus is where Biden is."

With so many groups and prominent individuals openly supporting marriage equality, and polls showing that more and more Americans agree, more pressure is being exerted to add it to the 2012 platform... which puts the president in the uncomfortable position of either frustrating gay rights voters or their opponents.

Fred Sainz, vice president for communications at the Human Rights Campaign:

If not for Obama’s reluctance, he said, “this would be something that would sail into the platform.”

Just say yes, Mr. President.


VIDEO: Education Secretary Arne Duncan supports marriage equality


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Yesterday, V.P. Joe Biden said he's "absolutely comfortable" with marriage equality. Happily, he has company. On MSNBC's "Morning Joe,"  Education Secretary Arne Duncan was asked if he supports same-sex marriage, and he replied: "Yes, I do."

According to the latest CNN/ORC International Poll, a majority of Americans (53%) believe marriages between gay or lesbian couples should be recognized as valid, while 45% disagree with the notion.

"I do." Not only the best answer he could have given, but the choice of words was ironically spot on.


Eradicating a BushCo Stain: Dep't. of Education repealing "gender equity" in sports law


By GottaLaff

Another day, another sewage removal effort. Eradicating ugly BushCo stains will take years, since they left so much toxic waste lying around. How many metaphors was that? Two? Three? But who's counting? Bygones.

But that's not important now. What is important is this:

The U.S. Department of Education is repealing a Bush-era policy that some critics argue was a way to avoid complying with federal law in providing equal opportunities for female athletes.

Under the move, schools and colleges must now provide stronger evidence that they offer equal opportunities for athletic participation under the federal Title IX gender equity law.

The Bushies allowed schools to simply use a survey as proof that a new women's sport failed to garner support. If there wasn't much response to the survey, BushCo pointed, laughed, and said, "See? There not interested! Nyah nyah!"

Arne Duncan is "nyah nyahing" now. He happens to respect-- What's it called again? Oh yeah-- civil rights.

Vice President Biden is doing a little neener-nannering of his own:

"Making Title IX as strong as possible is a no-brainer. [...] What we're doing here today will better ensure equal opportunity in athletics and allowing women to realize their potential — so this nation can realize its potential."

So how did that avoidy discriminate-y thing work out for ya, BushCo?

Researchers say the share of women participating in athletics increased only incrementally under Bush, even as female student enrollment increased.

And why is this important?

Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a law professor and senior director for advocacy with the Women's Sports Foundation, said female participation in sports is the most effective remedy against obesity and leads to more education and better employment prospects.

Not to mention better health.

And speaking of women's rights, please take a look at the latest Blunt video about equal pay for women.


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