same-sex marriage

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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Same-sex marriage
12:38 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Seattle City Hall to host same-sex weddings on Sunday, Dec. 9

Eight municipal judges are donating their time to marry couples between noon and 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, three days after Referendum 74 takes effect.
Andreas Levers Flickr

Seattle City Hall will open for several hours for wedding ceremonies on the Sunday after Washington state's new law allowing gay marriage takes effect.

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2012 Elections
10:51 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Report: Same-sex marriage foes redouble efforts against Starbucks

Starbucks said pre-elections that it will treat customers with respect regardless of their position on the issue.
The Associated Press

With the passage of laws approving same-sex marriages in several states including Washington, the National Organization for Marriage says it will keep up its efforts to make Starbucks suffer for its support of the laws.

The Colorado Independent, an online news organization, reported NOM’s efforts against Starbucks will be focused in the Middle East. The news org said it got the information from a news conference.

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2012 Elections
1:17 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Same-sex marriage foes concede; marriage industry gearing up

The marriage industry in British Columbia is worried business will wan after Tuesday's elections.
Nimataradji photography Flickr

Foes of the same-sex marriage referendum in Washington have conceded the law will pass. The group that sponsored Referendum 74 declared victory yesterday.

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Referendum 74
9:15 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Same-sex marriage law leading in Washington

Supporters of same-sex marriage pose at the Democrat’s party at the Westin Hotel in Seattle.
Gary Davis KPLU

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.

With about half of the expected vote counted Tuesday night, Referendum 74 was passing with 53 percent of the vote.

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 Gov. Chris Gregoire earlier this year, but it's been on hold pending the election's outcome.

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2012 Elections
7:33 am
Wed October 31, 2012

'Unbelievable' - Brad Pitt donates $100K for same-sex marriage effort

In an e-mail to members of the Human Rights Campaign, Pitt wrote that it's "unbelievable" that people's relationships will be put to a vote on Election Day.
The Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Brad Pitt has agreed to donate $100,000 to help the Human Rights Campaign raise money for its efforts to support same-sex marriage initiatives in several states.

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Same-sex marriage
10:17 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Gates' give $500,000 in support of gay marriage

Image of Bill & Melinda Gates at Davos 2010 pulled from humanosphere.org
Humanosphere

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates have donated $500,000 to the campaign to uphold the state's same-sex marriage law.

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2012 Elections
2:28 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Latest poll: Charter schools, same-sex marriage lead; governor race in virtual tie

The KCTS Washington Poll results were released today. More than 3.85 million ballots began to be sent to voters Wednesday.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Voters in Washington are likely to approve two ballot measures that have failed in the past. A new poll shows both charter schools and same-sex marriage are leading by healthy margins.

The KCTS 9 Washington Poll also shows a statistical tie in the Governor’s race between Democrat Jay Inslee and Republican Rob McKenna.  

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Same-sex marriage
1:15 pm
Sun September 9, 2012

States' rights and DOMA clash on a shifting battlefield

Carri Jo Anderson joins the protest in front of a Chick-fil-A restaurant in Pompano Beach, Fla., in August. As views on homosexuality change, more states are challenging the federal definition of marriage
J Pat Carter AP

Originally published on Sun September 9, 2012 1:07 pm

The debate over states' rights versus federal power is as old as our country. The latest brush-up comes in a doubly-sticky challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defines marriage as being between one man and one woman.

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Same-sex marriage
3:01 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Same-sex marriage foes grapple with Wash. campaign rules 


OLYMPIA, Wash. — The group seeking to overturn Washington's gay marriage law has changed its website instructions to churches that want to raise money for the effort, but state campaign finance officials say that the language is still not in compliance with state law.

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