Referendum 74 http://kplu.org en Washington counties brace for same-sex marriage rush http://kplu.org/post/washington-counties-brace-same-sex-marriage-rush <p>Same-sex couples can start applying for marriage licenses in Washington at midnight on Thursday, and county officials say they’ll be ready.</p><p>The King County auditor’s office will <a href="http://www.kingcounty.gov/courts/marriage/MarriageLicensingDec6-8.aspx" target="_blank">open bright and early</a>: Couples will be able to start queuing up at 10:00 the night before. County Executive Dow Constantine will preside over a special licensing ceremony for a handful of couples right after the stroke of midnight, and the office will keep operating right through 6:30 that night.</p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 14:00:00 +0000 Gabriel Spitzer 7251 at http://kplu.org Washington counties brace for same-sex marriage rush Same-sex marriage law leading in Washington http://kplu.org/post/same-sex-marriage-law-leading-washington <p>Washington voters are narrowly approving same-sex marriage in the state, following the lead of voters in Maryland and Maine, where ballot measures on same-sex unions also are holding slim leads.</p><p>With about half of the expected vote counted Tuesday night, Referendum 74 was passing with 53 percent of the vote.</p><p>The referendum asked voters to approve or reject the state's new law legalizing same-sex marriage. That law was passed by the Legislature and signed by&nbsp;Gov. Chris&nbsp;Gregoire&nbsp;earlier this year, but it's been on hold pending the election's outcome.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 05:15:16 +0000 KPLU News Staff 7020 at http://kplu.org Same-sex marriage law leading in Washington Living Voters Guide – Just the facts http://kplu.org/post/living-voters-guide-just-facts <p>With ballots and voters’ guides in-hand, it’s time to narrow in on the issues. For those who prefer an interactive way to exchange opinions on the ballot measures, there’s the <a href="https://wash.livingvotersguide.org/">Living Voters Guide</a>, sponsored by Seattle CityClub and the University of Washington.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:08:59 +0000 KPLU News Staff 6851 at http://kplu.org Living Voters Guide – Just the facts Gates' give $500,000 in support of gay marriage http://kplu.org/post/gates-give-500000-support-gay-marriage <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; color: rgb(50, 51, 51); ">OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $500,000 to the campaign to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; font-size: 15px; line-height: normal; font-family: Verdana; color: rgb(50, 51, 51); "> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 17:17:41 +0000 The Associated Press 6806 at http://kplu.org Gates' give $500,000 in support of gay marriage Checking the facts behind both sides of same-sex marriage ads http://kplu.org/post/checking-facts-behind-both-sides-same-sex-marriage-ads <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – Last minute money is pouring into the ballot fight over same-sex marriage in Washington. Those dollars are buying television ads on both sides of the issue. So what claims are the campaigns making?</p><p>Gay rights advocates say Referendum 74 is about marriage equality. But the first TV ad from the Preserve Marriage Washington campaign disputes that notion.</p><p>Announcer: “Referendum 74 is not about equality. Gays and lesbians already have the same legal rights as married couples.”</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:26:03 +0000 Austin Jenkins 6720 at http://kplu.org Checking the facts behind both sides of same-sex marriage ads Nordstom backs same-sex marriage referendum http://kplu.org/post/nordstom-backs-same-sex-marriage-referendum <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Upscale department store chain Nordstrom Inc. has joined a number of Pacific Northwest businesses in expressing support for same-sex marriage.</p><p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:02:07 +0000 The Associated Press 6688 at http://kplu.org Nordstom backs same-sex marriage referendum Record turnout expected at Pride Parade; Gregoire is grand marshal http://kplu.org/post/record-turnout-expected-pride-parade-gregoire-grand-marshal <p>Seattle&#39;s <a href="http://www.seattlepride.org/pride-parade.html">38th annual Pride Parade</a> is coming up this Sunday. The parade usually draws big crowds, but with a referendum on same-sex marriage on the November ballot, parade organizers are expecting a record turnout.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I think we&rsquo;re going to see an increase this year, especially with the marriage referendum out there,&quot; says Adam Rosencrantz, the board president of Seattle Out and Proud, the group hosting the parade. &quot;People are going to come out and support us and show their excitement.&quot;</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 21 Jun 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Lindsay Lowe 5351 at http://kplu.org Record turnout expected at Pride Parade; Gregoire is grand marshal