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Election Day anxiety: What to do while you wait?

GA Voice election issueIt's a gray Election Day in Atlanta, but that's no excuse not to vote. But what should you do after you cast your ballot? Here are 10 ways to pass the time for the rest of the day.

1. Help others vote. Drive a friend or neighbor to the polls, or volunteer to watch their kids at home or their phone at work so they can go. Ask those you know if they have voted and how you can help.

2. Facebook. Join the trend today and post a picture of yourself with your "I'm a Georgia voter" sticker; all the cool kids are doing it. Be sure to post about how easy it was to vote at your precinct (or how worth it if you had to wait in line) to encourage your friends to vote. Then post a few more news links (we suggest this one) or Facebook graphics backing your candidate.

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LGBT groups plan local election night watch parties

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

Local gay groups will host election watch parties tomorrow night to watch the returns in what is shaping up to be a dramatic presidential election.

Amsterdam Atlanta will host a watch party kicking off at 6 p.m. with live coverage on the bar's many video screens. Amsterdam Atlanta is located at 502-A Amsterdam Ave., Atlanta, Georgia 30306.

Georgia Equality, the state's largest LGBT advocacy organization, will host a party at the Phillip Rush Center. Radial Cafe, located next to the Rush Center, will donate a portion of every ticket to Georgia Equality tomorrow night. The party kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled until midnight. The Rush Center is located at 1530 DeKalb Ave., Suite A, Atlanta, GA 30307.

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Presidential race: ‘It’s our equality, stupid’

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney

“It’s the economy, stupid.”

Campaign strategist James Carville’s tagline for Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential race has been a political catchphrase ever since.

“It’s about the empathy, stupid.”

That’s the headline Slate.com writer Dalia Lithwick used to sum up the importance of President Barack Obama’s May 2012 announcement that he had come to personally support same-sex marriage.

“It’s our equality, stupid.”

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LGBT pundits react to Romney’s debate riff on two-parent families

Presidential debate

A number of LGBT bloggers expressed dismay Tuesday night that no question about same-sex marriage was posed during the first two presidential debates or in the only vice presidential debate.

But at a most unexpected moment during the Oct. 16 debate, Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney stumbled into an awkward riff about the importance of two parents being married before having children.

That set off a flurry of reaction among various LGBT bloggers who were posting their reactions to the debate live on Twitter.

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Obama cites ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ in first debate

The first Presidential Debate

No questions concerning LGBT issues were posed during the first presidential debate Wednesday night, but President Obama made a direct reference to one.

Near the end of the 90-minute debate, responding to a charge from Republican challenger Mitt Romney that he has not worked well with Republicans, President Obama pointed to a number of examples where his administration worked with Republicans with success. One example he cited was repeal of the ban on gays in the military.

Immediate reaction from many commentators — mainstream and LGBT —held that Romney dominated the debate and that Obama failed to take some political shots he had at his disposal.

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Obama issues statement on DADT repeal anniversary

Today marks the official one-year anniversary of the repeal of the discriminatory law barring gays and lesbians from openly serving in the United States armed services.

The law, known as “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” was the basis for more than 13,000 military discharges from 1993 to 2011. It was signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton and was originally intended to keep the public and private lives of soldiers separate.

President Barack Obama commented today on the one-year anniversary by praising the armed services for adapting to the change in policy. Obama fulfilled a campaign promise by signing repeal into law.

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Melissa Carter: Love (not sex) at the DNC

Melissa Carter

My friend had the opportunity to attend the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte earlier this month, and I asked her to be my guest columnist and give some insight into what impacted her about the trip. These are her words: What has the Democratic Party done for us that we have never been able to do for ourselves?

During the three days of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, nearly every major speech openly celebrated love, no matter whether that love comes in the form of two guys, two girls or a guy and a girl.

One after another, speakers walked up to the podium and found a way to remind gay voters that they are loved, accepted and needed by the Democratic Party.

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Georgia’s LGBT delegates revel in Democratic National Convention

Democratic National Convention

For the LGBT delegates representing Georgia and its congressional districts at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., this week has reignited their  passion for the political process.

Seven members of the LGBT Caucus of the Democratic Party of Georgia are in attendance in Charlotte, according to Georgia Democrats, including LGBT Caucus Chair Jim Taflinger and Caucus Secretary Bob Gibeling.

Reese McCranie, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's deputy director of communications, called the convention atmosphere “electrifying” in a telephone interview with GA Voice. McCranie is one of the seven delegates from Georgia's Fifth Congressional District.