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3:43 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Boy Scouts Considering Lifting Ban On Gay Scouts, Leaders

In Mississippi last month, scouts took part in a flag retirement ceremony.
Philip Hall / Enterprise-Journal AP

Originally published on Mon January 28, 2013 3:35 pm

The Boy Scouts of America are considering lifting a national ban on gay scouts and leaders, the organizations spokesman announced.

USA Today reports:

"If this policy shift is approved by the national board meeting at their scheduled meeting next week, it will be a sharp reversal of the Scouts' decade's old national policy banning homosexuals.

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Coming out gay
11:32 am
Wed August 22, 2012

Seattle councilwoman dying of cancer comes out at 66

Former Seattle councilwoman Cheryl Chow said she feared the reaction of the Chinese community and her mother
The Associated Press

Former Seattle councilwoman Cheryl Chow has brain cancer and says she has one more thing she wants to do before she dies.

She told KING-TV she is coming out and telling people she is gay after being secretive for more than 60 years. She wants to encourage others to not be afraid to tell their parents or children the truth.

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Same-sex marriage
10:28 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Washington's same-sex marriage law on hold; Will it be major issue in elections?

Marriage equality supporters Teri McClain, left, and Mary Beth Brotski stand with signs supporting President Barack Obama outside a fundraising event for the president on May 10 in Seattle. Will this social issue dominate the elections?
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Washington's gay marriage law is now on hold.

Preserve Marriage Washington submitted more than 200,000 signatures Wednesday, blocking the law from taking effect on Thursday.

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Gay Rights
9:38 am
Mon May 14, 2012

Governor Gregoire emerging as unlikely gay rights activist

Governor Christine Gregoire raises her arms as legislators and supporters cheer behind her after she signed into law a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage Feb. 13, 2012, in Olympia.
AP

OLYMPIA - Washington Governor Chris Gregoire is emerging as an unlikely gay rights activist - both at home and on the national stage. Her role in helping pass a same-sex marriage law this year has made Gregoire a sought-after spokesperson for the movement.

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Gay rights
8:11 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Gov. Gregoire to sign gay marriage bill today

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign a measure legalizing gay marriage in Washington state into law on today.

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Politics
11:34 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Both Sides Of Gay Marriage Debate React To Wash. House Vote

Photo by Chantal Andrea.

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 5:23 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage supporters are thrilled. Opponents are gearing up for a ballot fight. That's the dynamic after the Washington House voted Wednesday to send a same-sex marriage bill to the governor.

Up in the marble nosebleeds, proponents of gay marriage watched the debate quietly. But when the vote was tallied the celebration went on for more than a minute.

Susan Fairo cheered with her partner of 17 years. "I'm relieved, I'm delighted," she said. "It felt like a historic moment. So, we're a step farther."

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Politics
11:33 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Same-sex marriage decision personal for lawmakers

Washington state Rep. Jamie Pedersen speaks on the House floor. Photo by Asuza Uchikura

Originally published on Wed February 8, 2012 5:44 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A bill to legalize same-sex marriage is in the hands of Governor Chris Gregoire. It passed the Washington House Wedesday with a 55-43 vote. During the three-hour debate, many lawmakers shared their own personal stories.

Democrat Jamie Pedersen, who is openly gay, spoke of how same-sex marriage would affect his own family.

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Washington State Legislature
3:27 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

Bill legalizing gay marriage passes House vote: 55-43

John Baux, of Bremerton, Wash., places a sign against gay marriage in the Capitol rotunda Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers are poised to legalize gay marriage in Washington state.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Legislature has voted to legalize gay marriage, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.

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Gay rights
1:37 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

National org. prepares for gay marriage repeal effort in Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Gay marriage isn’t the law in Washington yet, but national opponents are already preparing for a repeal campaign.

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Gay rights
3:00 pm
Tue February 7, 2012

Prop 8 ruling likely has no immediate effect on Northwest

Tuesday's ruling overturning California’s ban on same-sex marriage is not expected to affect similar laws in other states. Oregon and Idaho also have voter-approved amendments against gay marriage.

But Washington lawmakers are poised to send Governor Chris Gregoire a measure allowing gays and lesbians to marry.

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Gay rights
10:27 am
Tue February 7, 2012

California's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, court says

At the top: Proposition 8's supporters (who oppose same-sex marriage). Below: Proposition 8's opponents. Outside the court today in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Tue February 7, 2012 3:26 pm

California's Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional, a three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today in a much-anticipated decision from the nation's most populous state. The judges upheld a lower court's ruling.

As you'd expect, the ruling has drawn praise from those who support same-sex marriage and condemnation from those who oppose it. Both sides acknowledge that the decision isn't the last word on the subject — an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is expected.

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Gay rights
11:15 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Stage set Stage set for final passage of gay marriage bill this week

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A House committee approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, setting the stage for final passage this week.

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Gay rights
10:30 am
Fri February 3, 2012

Not all domestic partners are ready for gay marriage

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, looks on as her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen, hugs Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, on Monday in Olympia, Wash., after hearing the news that the state Senate had enough votes to pass a same-sex marriage law.
The Associated Press

Wednesday night the Washington State Senate voted in support of same-sex marriages by a 28 to 21 vote. Gay and lesbian citizens around the state support the idea, but for some, wedding bells don’t sound so appealing.

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Gay rights
11:44 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Gay marriage vote: Cake makers prep, Starbucks threatened, Hell promised and joy

Gov. Chris Gregoire, right, applauds with Rep. Jaimie Pedersen, second right, and Michael Shiosaka, partner of Rep. Ed Murray, left, after a Washington state Senate vote to legalize same-sex marriage Wednesday evening.
The Associated Press

A survey of this morning’s reactions to the Washington state Senate vote last night to approve same-sex marriage netted the full range of threats, promises and celebrations … but also this from one Twitter user chasingray:

“That sound you hear is florists & bakers cheering like mad thruout Seattle. The #gaymarriage bill just passed the Senate.“

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Gay rights
9:25 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Gay couples celebrate Washington marriage vote; GOP struggles with vote

Richard Cannon and Richard Bullock have been together nearly 25 years and watched the gay marriage vote from the Senate gallery.
Austin Jenkins KPLU

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The battle to allow gay marriage in Washington has cleared a major hurdle. The Washington state Senate voted Wednesday night to approve same-sex marriage. The vote was 28 to 21. Four Republicans voting with the majority.

Gay marriage supporters packed the senate galleries hours before debate got underway. Among them Richard Cannon and Richard Bullock, together nearly 25 years. Bullock said their children from previous marriages are now grown and married.

“We have grandchildren now and it’s time for our wedding. We want the grandkids there,” Bullock said.

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