same-sex marriage

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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same-sex marriage
4:30 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Money for use against same-sex marriage can’t go through church

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The state's campaign finance watchdog says the state's Catholic churches can't collect donations from parishioners for the campaign seeking to overturn the state's gay marriage law.

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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
1:26 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Support For Same-Sex Marriage Could Be Official Democratic Stance

Originally published on Tue July 31, 2012 6:45 am

Democrats are on the path to including an endorsement of same-sex marriage for the first time in their official party platform.

NPR's Ari Shapiro reported Monday that the proposal has made it through an important Democratic committee.

The 15 Democrats who serve on the party's platform drafting committee voted unanimously to endorse same-sex marriage in the party's official agenda, says Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., who serves on the committee.

Frank recently married his partner.

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Same-sex marriage
10:23 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Amazon's Bezos enters same-sex marriage debate with $2.5M

Mackenzie Bezos and Jeff Bezos.
Larry Busacca Getty Images

Originally published on Fri July 27, 2012 10:04 am

Fast food's Chick-fil-A has been at the center of the culture wars in recent days because of company President Dan Cathy's outspoken opposition to gay marriage.

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Same-sex marriage
12:53 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Gay marriage supporters raise $952K in June

Referendum 74 seeks to overturn the law passed earlier this year allowing same-sex marriage in the state.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Supporters of gay marriage in Washington state say they raised more than $950,000 last month for the campaign to uphold the state's new law, which is currently on hold pending the outcome of a November ballot measure.

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Same-sex marriage
3:56 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Same-sex marriage referendum qualifies for Washington ballot

Now, same-sex marriage in Washington is up to voters.
Theresa Thompson Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A referendum on same-sex marriage in Washington state has qualified for the ballot.

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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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