same-sex marriage

same-sex marriage
9:11 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Same-sex marriage rulings greeted with excitement in Washington

FILE - Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen receive the first marriage licenses issued by King County to a same-sex couple in December 2012.
Paula Wissel KPLU

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. 

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Other News
1:52 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

In Gay America, Optimism Abounds As Stigma Persists, Pew Says

A new survey of more than 1,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender adults finds that more than 90 percent feel more accepted in society than they did 10 years ago. Here, a woman displays her pro-gay T-shirt at the L.A. Pride Parade in West Hollywood last Sunday.
David McNew Getty Images

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 12:48 pm

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 new Pew Research Center survey also finds persistent levels of stigmatization and secrecy in the community.

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Same-Sex Marriage
11:32 am
Thu June 6, 2013

More than 2,400 same-sex marriages in Washington since December

The Associated Press

More than 2,400 gay and lesbian couples have gotten married in Washington state since the state's voter-approved same-sex marriage law took effect last December.

The state Department of Health on Thursday released the first statewide numbers since marriage licenses were issued in early December.

Individual counties had released same-sex marriage numbers previously, but the Department of Health's numbers are the first statewide look at how many people took advantage of the new law from December until the end of March.

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parenting for same-sex couples
5:00 am
Fri April 12, 2013

From 1983 to grandparenthood, lesbian group's shared history

The moms' group in the late 1980s
Courtesy Sunny Rivera

It all began in 1983 in the basement of a church.

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.

One woman even handed out mimeographed instructions on how to artificially inseminate with a syringe and sperm from a donor.

During a recent weekend, 10 of those women filled the living room of a home in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.

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starbucks & same-sex marriage
1:07 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Did Starbucks' same-sex marriage stance really hurt its bottom line?

Associated Press

Did Starbucks’ stance on same-sex marriage hurt its bottom line?

A shareholder claimed as much during the company’s annual meeting last month, prompting a heated exchange with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. The shareholder, citing a boycott by the National Organization for Marriage of the company, hinted that Starbucks’ stock price had suffered. 

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Law
12:22 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Supreme Court hints it could dismiss gay marriage case

The Supreme Court suggested Tuesday it could find a way out of the case over California's ban on same-sex marriage without issuing a major national ruling on whether America's gays have a right to marry.

Several justices, including some liberals who seemed open to gay marriage, raised doubts during a riveting 80-minute argument that the case should even be before them. And Justice Anthony Kennedy, the potentially decisive vote on a closely divided court, suggested that the court could dismiss it with no ruling at all.

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same-sex marriage
9:30 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Meet the 83-year-old taking on the U.S. over same-sex marriage

Edith Windsor in her New York City apartment in December 2012. Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court hears her challenge to the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.
Richard Drew Associated Press

The tiny dynamo asking the U.S. Supreme Court to turn the world upside down looks nothing like a fearless pioneer. At age 83, Edith Windsor dresses in classic, tailored clothes, usually with a long string of pearls, and she sports a well-coiffed, shoulder-length flip. She looks, for all the world, like a proper New York City lady.

Proper she may be, and a lady, but Windsor, who likes to be called Edie, is making history, challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. The law bans federal recognition and benefits for legally married same-sex couples.

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Business
4:10 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Schultz defends Starbucks' support of same-sex marriage

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said backing same-sex marriage was not an economic decision.
University of Denver Flickr

The CEO of Starbucks defended his support of same-sex marriage at the company’s annual meeting in Seattle. Starbucks came out in favor last year of Washington’s referendum legalizing same-sex marriage. Opponents of that measure vowed to make Starbucks pay, and the National Organization for Marriage launched a boycott of Starbucks.

At the company’s annual meeting Wednesday, shareholder Tom Strobhar suggested that the boycott had indeed bled the company of value.

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Multimedia
12:46 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Watch: A personal look at Seattle's first same-sex ceremonies

Barbara Kinney for KPLU

On December 9, 2012, same-sex marriage became legal in Washington State, one of the first states to do so by popular vote. Wedding ceremonies began at 12:01 a.m. that day.

KPLU's Florangela Davila and photographer Barbara Kinney take a look at what unfolded during the first eight hours at the King County Courthouse in downtown Seattle.

2012 Elections
2:01 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

PHOTOS: A historic day; gay marriage, marijuana are legal

Jeri and Amy Andrews laugh as they wait in line outside of the King County Recorder's Office on Wednesday in Seattle, Washington.
David Ryder Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 6, 2012 3:26 pm

History was made at midnight in Washington on two fronts last night: Bans on both gay marriage and recreational marijuana use were lifted.

As you might expect, as the sun set and the clock struck 12, there were scenes of celebration across the state's biggest city. The pictures tell the story, so with that here are five photographs from Seattle.

same-sex marriage
6:33 am
Thu December 6, 2012

First marriage licenses issued to same-sex couples in Washington

Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e Petersen receive the first marriage licenses issued by King County to a same-sex couple
Paula Wissel

In King County, the first marriage license to a same-sex couple was issued at exactly 12:01 a.m. on Thursday.

People cheered as King County Executive Dow Constantine counted down and  declared, "Happy Marriage Equality Day."

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same-Sex Marriage
9:59 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Governor Gregoire signs same-sex marriage into law

Originally published on Mon December 10, 2012 6:05 am

Gay and lesbian couples in Washington state can start picking up their wedding certificates and licenses tomorrow. Gov. Chris Gregoire on Wednesday certified a measure that legalizes same-sex marriage in the state.

Last month, voters in Washington, Maine and Maryland voted to approve same-sex marriage, making them the first states where gay marriage has passed through popular vote.

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Marriage equality
3:54 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

King County prepares for midnight rush on same sex marriage licenses

Cameron Satterfield, spokesman for King County Records describes preparations for the issuance of marriage licenses beginning at midnight.
Paula Wissel

Same sex marriage becomes legal in Washington at midnight tonight.  King County is pulling out all the stops to accommodate the hundreds of couples expected to show up at twelve to get marriage licenses.

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Same-Sex Marriage
6:00 am
Mon December 3, 2012

Washington counties brace for same-sex marriage rush

King County Administration Building where same-sex couples seeking a marriage license can go at midnight Thursday.

Same-sex couples can start applying for marriage licenses in Washington at midnight on Thursday, and county officials say they’ll be ready.

The King County auditor’s office will open bright and early: 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.

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same-sex marriage
3:20 pm
Sun November 25, 2012

Gay wedding was a trial for the Reformed Church

Norman Kansfield and his wife, Mary, at their home in eastern Pennsylvania. Kansfield was put on trial by the Reformed Church after performing his daughter's same-sex marriage.
Lily Percy NPR

Originally published on Sun November 25, 2012 2:18 pm

After Massachusetts legalized same-sex marriage in 2004, Norman Kansfield's daughter asked him to perform her wedding ceremony.

Kansfield, a respected pastor, scholar and lifelong member of the Reformed Church in America, agreed to marry Ann and her long-time girlfriend. He informed the New Brunswick Theological Seminary in New Jersey, where he served as president, of his plans.

"I had thought that there would be a request for my resignation," Kansfield says. "Nobody did that."

It was a June wedding.

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