same-sex marriage http://kplu.org en How Wash. State Married 3,500 Same-Sex Couples In One Day http://kplu.org/post/how-wash-state-married-3500-same-sex-couples-one-day <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156896937&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>More than 3,000 same-sex couples can say Monday, June 3was their wedding day in Washington. The marriages came not through ceremonies, but by paperwork for people in domestic partnerships.</p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 22:18:21 +0000 Paige Browning 17514 at http://kplu.org How Wash. State Married 3,500 Same-Sex Couples In One Day Wash. AG Puts Health Plans On Notice To Cover Same-Sex Spouses http://kplu.org/post/wash-ag-puts-health-plans-notice-cover-same-sex-spouses <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/153016687&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Washington’s Attorney General is reminding employers they may not discriminate against same-sex spouses when it comes to health coverage.</p><p>Thursday’s warning follows a discrimination complaint earlier this year against O’Reilly Auto Parts.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 19:17:04 +0000 Austin Jenkins 16993 at http://kplu.org Wash. AG Puts Health Plans On Notice To Cover Same-Sex Spouses U.S. Supreme Court Won't Block Oregon Same-Sex Marriage http://kplu.org/post/us-supreme-court-wont-block-oregon-same-sex-marriage <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">The U.S. Supreme Court won't block same-sex marriages in Oregon. The high court on Wednesday turned down a request to halt gay marriages in the state.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:28:16 +0000 Chris Lehman 16969 at http://kplu.org U.S. Supreme Court Won't Block Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Weddings Begin As Oregon Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban http://kplu.org/post/weddings-begin-oregon-judge-overturns-gay-marriage-ban <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150437773&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Same-sex couples are getting married in Oregon now that a federal judge has overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15.199999809265137px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;"><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">Shortly after noon on Monday, the news broke to crowds gathered in Portland that U.S. District Judge Michael </span>McShane<span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">ruled the law violated the federal constitutional rights of gays and lesbians</span><span style="font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 16:57:29 +0000 Chris Lehman 16704 at http://kplu.org Weddings Begin As Oregon Judge Overturns Gay Marriage Ban Judge's Ruling Clears Way For Same-Sex Weddings In Oregon http://kplu.org/post/judges-ruling-clears-way-same-sex-weddings-oregon <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150328851&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><div id="full_story" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px 0px 0px 4px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;"><p>Same-sex couples can now marry legally in Oregon after a federal judge Monday overturned the state's ban on gay marriage.</p><p>Weddings began almost immediately. County clerks started issuing marriage licenses minutes after U.S. District Judge Michael McShane issued his opinion. Same-sex couples lined up outside marriage license offices in Portland and Eugene in anticipation of a ruling in their favor.</p> Mon, 19 May 2014 19:33:29 +0000 Chris Lehman 16672 at http://kplu.org Judge's Ruling Clears Way For Same-Sex Weddings In Oregon Oregon Judge Denies Motion To Intervene In Gay Marriage Case http://kplu.org/post/oregon-judge-denies-motion-intervene-gay-marriage-case <p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">A federal judge in Eugene, Oregon has denied a national group's attempt to defend Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane said the National Organization of Marriage failed to prove why it should be allowed to intervene in the case.</p><p> Wed, 14 May 2014 19:22:06 +0000 Chris Lehman 16562 at http://kplu.org Oregon Judge Denies Motion To Intervene In Gay Marriage Case Hearing Could Provide Answers In Oregon Gay Marriage Debate http://kplu.org/post/hearing-could-provide-answers-oregon-gay-marriage-debate <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149358735&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Wednesday could be a big day in the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Oregon. A federal judge in Eugene will hear arguments from a group that wants to defend a voter-approved ban on gay marriage.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1.5em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 12px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); line-height: 14.40143871307373px;">Four same-sex couples sued the state to overturn the 2004 ballot measure that defined marriage as only between one man and one woman. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum declined to defend the law. As a result, a national group filed a last-minute motion to be allowed to defend the measure on the state's behalf.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 18:13:19 +0000 Chris Lehman 16529 at http://kplu.org After Weeks of Protest, Eastside Catholic's Head of School Resigns http://kplu.org/post/after-weeks-protest-eastside-catholics-head-school-resigns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The president of Eastside Catholic High School in </span>Sammamish<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has resigned in the wake of the students' protest over the school's decision to force out a gay vice principal who married his partner.</span></p><p>Sister Mary Tracy submitted her resignation to school trustees on Sunday, effective immediately. In an email sent to parents, staff and others&nbsp;on Tuesday evening, the school said a search for her replacement will begin soon.</p><p> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 02:50:24 +0000 The Associated Press & Florangela Davila 12751 at http://kplu.org After Weeks of Protest, Eastside Catholic's Head of School Resigns 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 Two Same-Sex Couples Sue BNSF over Health Benefits http://kplu.org/post/two-same-sex-couples-sue-bnsf-over-health-benefits <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Two workers are suing&nbsp;</span>BNSF<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, one of the nation's largest rail companies, saying their same-sex spouses have repeatedly been denied health benefits even though gay marriage is legal in Washington state.</span></p><p>The lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle states&nbsp;BNSF refused to add the spouses of locomotive engineer Michael Hall and conductor Amie Garrand to their plans.</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 01:04:34 +0000 Gene Johnson & Paula Wissel 11403 at http://kplu.org Two Same-Sex Couples Sue BNSF over Health Benefits Four Couples Sue Idaho over Same-Sex Marriage Ban http://kplu.org/post/four-couples-sue-idaho-over-same-sex-marriage-ban <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">Four&nbsp;<font color="red">Idaho</font>&nbsp;couples are suing the state in federal court to challenge laws banning same-sex marriage and denying recognition to same-sex couples who married in other states.</p><p> Sat, 09 Nov 2013 01:10:14 +0000 The Associated Press 10947 at http://kplu.org 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 Same-sex marriage rulings greeted with excitement in Washington http://kplu.org/post/same-sex-marriage-rulings-greeted-excitement-washington <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Many people in Washington state are reacting with excitement to the news that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act and reinstated the right for gays and lesbians in California to marry.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 16:11:49 +0000 Ashley Gross 9174 at http://kplu.org Same-sex marriage rulings greeted with excitement in Washington 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