gay rights http://kplu.org en Oregon's Attorney General Won't Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://kplu.org/post/oregons-attorney-general-wont-defend-same-sex-marriage-ban <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oregon's Attorney General says she won't defend the state against federal lawsuits challenging the state's same-sex marriage ban. A ruling in the case could come this spring.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Ten years ago Oregon voters changed the state's constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.</p><p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 21:54:53 +0000 Chris Lehman 13892 at http://kplu.org Oregon's Attorney General Won't Defend Same-Sex Marriage Ban Bill To Prevent Gay Conversion Passes Wash. State House, Headed To Senate http://kplu.org/post/bill-prevent-gay-conversion-passes-wash-state-house-headed-senate <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A bill intended to prevent health care providers from trying to convert gay people under age 18 has passed the state House.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>House Bill 2451, which passed on a 94-4 vote, would make it an act of unprofessional conduct to try to change the sexual orientation of a patient under 18. That would include efforts to change behaviors, gender expressions or to reduce sexual or romantic attractions toward people of the same sex.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:28:10 +0000 The Associated Press 13645 at http://kplu.org Bill To Prevent Gay Conversion Passes Wash. State House, Headed To Senate Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans http://kplu.org/post/gay-rights-advocates-idaho-bills-would-upend-local-discrimination-bans <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities. The new bills are aimed protecting religious people from activities they say violate their beliefs.</span></p><p>Republican Idaho lawmakers are responding to incidents elsewhere in the Northwest. A <a href="http://www.kplu.org/term/arlenes-flowers">florist in Richland, Wash., faces lawsuits</a> for refusing to provide the flowers for a same-sex wedding. In Oregon, investigators found a baker in Gresham who made a similar stand violated the state's civil rights laws.</p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 13026 at http://kplu.org Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans Seattle Archdiocese Stands By Firing Of Eastside Catholic's Gay Vice Principal http://kplu.org/post/seattle-archdiocese-stands-firing-eastside-catholics-gay-vice-principal <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Students and parents protesting the departure of a gay vice principal from their Seattle-area Catholic high school on Wednesday turned in a petition to the Archdiocese of Seattle asking the church to reconsider its policy on gay marriage.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>The archdiocese responded with a statement saying they stand by <a href="http://www.kplu.org/post/eastside-catholic-students-protest-forced-departure-gay-vice-principal">the decision</a> to replace the popular teacher, coach and vice principal.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:10:03 +0000 The Associated Press 12630 at http://kplu.org 2nd Gay Worker At Eastside Catholic School To Marry http://kplu.org/post/2nd-gay-worker-eastside-catholic-school-marry <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">A gay woman hired to choreograph a Catholic school musical says she recently got engaged to her partner and is nervous about how school leaders will handle the news.</p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Stephanie Merrow is working on her second musical for Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, where vice principal Mark Zmuda was recently forced out of his job for marrying his partner.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:19:22 +0000 Mike Baker 12334 at http://kplu.org 2nd Gay Worker At Eastside Catholic School To Marry Eastside Catholic Students Protest Forced Departure of Gay Vice Principal http://kplu.org/post/eastside-catholic-students-protest-forced-departure-gay-vice-principal <p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal.</p><p style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px;">An online petition started by the senior class president of Eastside Catholic was the third fastest growing U.S. petition on change.org Friday, attracting around 15,000 signatures in one day.</p><p> Sat, 21 Dec 2013 00:08:37 +0000 Donna Gordon Blankinship 11969 at http://kplu.org Eastside Catholic Students Protest Forced Departure of Gay Vice Principal In Wake of Suit, BNSF to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses http://kplu.org/post/wake-suit-bnsf-offer-benefits-same-sex-spouses <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The nation's largest freight rail carriers have announced they will provide health benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:00:09 +0000 Gene Johnson 11430 at http://kplu.org In Wake of Suit, BNSF to Offer Benefits to Same-Sex Spouses IRS Ruling Could Mean Upswing in Same-Sex Marriages in Wash. http://kplu.org/post/irs-ruling-could-mean-upswing-same-sex-marriages-wash <p>County officials who issue marriage licenses in Washington state are gearing up for a possible influx of new applicants following the Internal Revenue Services’ ruling that states gay marriage will be recognized across state lines for federal tax purposes.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 21:59:02 +0000 Chris Lehman 9822 at http://kplu.org IRS Ruling Could Mean Upswing in Same-Sex Marriages in Wash. A Leading Question: Ed Murray's Approach to Winning Gay Rights http://kplu.org/post/leading-question-ed-murrays-approach-winning-gay-rights <p><em>Editor's note: KPLU has asked all nine candidates in the Seattle mayoral race to tell us about a time when his or her leadership skills were put to the test. One candidate's answer follows.</em><br><br>Ed Murray’s Capitol Hill office is on the same block as the Gay City LGBT library. Inside hangs a sign that says "March with Ed in Pride."<br><br>Murray wants to be Seattle’s first openly gay mayor. So maybe it won’t surprise you that many of his leadership moments have to do with securing gay and lesbian rights after many setbacks. Take 2005, for example.<br> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 9439 at http://kplu.org A Leading Question: Ed Murray's Approach to Winning Gay Rights In Gay America, Optimism Abounds As Stigma Persists, Pew Says http://kplu.org/post/pew-gay-america-optimism-abounds-stigma-persists Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans say they feel more accepted in society than they did 10 years ago, and they're overwhelmingly optimistic that the trend will continue. But a sweeping <a href="http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2013/06/13/a-survey-of-lgbt-americans/">new Pew Research Center survey</a> also finds persistent levels of stigmatization and secrecy in the community.<p>"The Pew Research Center finds some 90 percent of LGBT people feel more accepted now than a decade ago, and believe that will continue," reports NPR's Jennifer Ludden. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:52:42 +0000 Bill Chappell 9065 at http://kplu.org In Gay America, Optimism Abounds As Stigma Persists, Pew Says Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly-gay boys http://kplu.org/post/boy-scouts-approve-plan-accept-openly-gay-boys <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Boy</font><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Scouts</font><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;of America's National Council has voted to ease a long-standing ban and allow openly gay&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">boys</font><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;to be accepted as&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Scouts</font><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">.</span></p><div style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; line-height: 15px;"><p>Of the local&nbsp;<font color="red">Scout</font>&nbsp;leaders voting at their annual meeting in Texas, more than 60 percent supported the proposal.</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 22:18:04 +0000 The Associated Press 8880 at http://kplu.org Boy Scouts approve plan to accept openly-gay boys Controversial florist sues Wash. state, says she 'will not wilt' http://kplu.org/post/controversial-florist-sues-wash-state-says-she-will-not-wilt <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 18px;">The Richland florist who refused to sell flowers for a same sex-couple’s wedding has filed a counter suit.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 18px;">Arlene’s Flowers owner Barronnelle Stutzman&nbsp;says she "will not wilt." She argues there are plenty of other shops in the Tri-Cities that could cater to a gay or lesbian wedding.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 19:55:59 +0000 Anna King 8819 at http://kplu.org Controversial florist sues Wash. state, says she 'will not wilt' A risk including gay partners in immigration bill? http://kplu.org/post/risk-including-gay-partners-immigration-bill <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Frustrated at being left out of an immigration overhaul, gay rights groups are pushing to adjust a bipartisan Senate bill to include gay couples. But Democrats are treading carefully, wary of adding another divisive issue that could lose Republican support and jeopardize the entire bill.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">Both parties want the bill to succeed. Merely getting to agreement on the basic framework for the immigration overhaul, which would create a long and costly path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million people in the U.S. illegally, was no small feat for senators. And getting it through a divided Congress is still far from a done deal.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 21:35:56 +0000 The Associated Press 8541 at http://kplu.org A risk including gay partners in immigration bill? From 1983 to grandparenthood, lesbian group's shared history http://kplu.org/post/1983-grandparenthood-lesbian-groups-shared-history <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It all began in 1983 in the basement of a church.</span></p><p>They were a dozen or so lesbians in committed relationships who wanted to be good mothers. Some already had children, and some were still figuring out how to make it happen.</p><p>One woman even handed out mimeographed instructions on how to artificially inseminate with a syringe and sperm from a donor.</p><p>During a recent weekend, 10 of those women filled the living room of a home in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8373 at http://kplu.org From 1983 to grandparenthood, lesbian group's shared history For Some Donors, Boy Scouts' Ban On Gays Doesn't Add Up http://kplu.org/post/some-donors-boy-scouts-ban-gays-doesnt-add Years of criticism and even a U.S. Supreme Court challenge couldn't force the Boy Scouts of America to admit openly gay members and leaders. But money talks, and after the defections of major donors, the 103-year-old organization is poised to lift its national ban.<p>Just last summer, the Boy Scouts reaffirmed the ban after a lengthy internal review. Several incidents since then have tarnished the organization's image and fueled an aggressive nationwide protest led by an Eagle Scout.<p>Boys Scouts of America hasn't disclosed its reasons for considering the policy change. Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:24:37 +0000 Corey Dade 7710 at http://kplu.org For Some Donors, Boy Scouts' Ban On Gays Doesn't Add Up