Friday, April 3, 2009 - Volume 37 Issue 14

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People For the American Way Foundation celebrates decision affirming constitutional principles of liberty and equality

A unanimous Iowa Supreme Court today upheld a lower court ruling that denying marriage to same-sex couples violates the liberty and equality guarantees of the state's constitution. People For the American Way Foundation, whic
Equal Rights Washington Celebrates Marriage Wins in Iowa and Vermont
We at Equal Rights Washington are joining our brothers and sisters in the states of Iowa and Vermont in celebrating their successes towards full equality. In Vermont, winning full marriage equality completely through the legislature is now a real possibility. Early this morning the Iowa Supreme Court handed down a unanimous decision endin more
City sues Seattle Out & Proud for 2006 Pride Festival debt
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On March 23, Seattle City Attorney Tom Carr filed suit against Seattle Out and Proud (SOAP) for recovery of $125,000 in debt resulting from SOAP's 2006 Pride Festival at Seattle Center.

Those are the only facts all parties agree on.

As SGN goes to press, it even
UPDATE: Vermont approves Gay marriage
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

The Vermont House voted 95 to 52 Thursday night, April 2, to approve a bill that will allow same-sex couples to marry. While the vote fell just five votes shy of a veto-proof margin, supporters are still hopeful of picking up those votes between now and next Tuesday, when the override vote is expe
Domestic Partnership bill passes House committee
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

Last week Sen. Ed Murray's Domestic Partnership rights expansion bill, Senate Bill 5688, which grants domestic partners all of the same rights and obligations as married couples in the state of Washington, passed through the House Judiciary Committee. Additional benefits granted by the passage
Labor endorses "Day of Decision" on Prop 8
Day of Decision Day of CA court decision
5:30 PM
Westlake Plaza

The Martin Luther King County Labor Council today endorsed the "Day of Decision" event which will mark the California Supreme Court's decision on three petitions to strike down Proposition 8.

The MLKCLC represents about 150 affi
NUMBER 7: Sweden legalizes Gay marriage
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On April 1, Sweden became the seventh country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage.

Following a five-hour debate in Parliament, the legislation was overwhelmingly passed on a 261 to 22 vote, with 16 abstentions. The new law will go into effect May 1, replacing a 1995 law that allowed civ
Chicago protest ridicules Phelpses
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

University of Chicago students recently showed us how protests against hate should be done.

When the Westboro Baptist Church - the cult-like organization led by Fred Phelps - trooped to campus to declare Obama the anti-Christ (he taught at the law school), they were ca
Political IQ: Obama watch
by Diane Silver - SGN Contributing Writer

We may soon know whether Barack Obama will stand up for Queer America or fold like so many politicians have before. The pressure of two recent court rulings, a lawsuit and new legislation - all challenging aspects of the Defense of Marriage Act - should push the Obama Administration to
International boycott of Jamaican tourism begins
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

This week, I joined San Francisco organizer Michael Petrelis and Box Turtle Bulletin editor Jim Burroway in launching an international boycott against Jamaica ( While the island appears laid back, Gays are under attack.

Forget business as usual.
Dining in (and out) for life
by Eric Andrews-Katz - SGN Contributing Writer

In major cities across the United States, most people have heard of and/or participated in some sort of Dining Out for Life event. The concept should be familiar. On a prescheduled day, restaurants across the city donate a percentage of the day's profits to a local AIDS charity. The ev
Gay Liberation pioneers seek "lost" colleagues
Former members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), the organization that launched the modern Gay rights movement in the wake of the June 1969 Stonewall Rebellion in New York City, are seeking information about "lost" colleagues as they plan reunions in June to mark the 40th anniversary of Stonewall.

The reunions, including possi
How to Promote Sustainability without Sacrifice at Home
(ARA) - Spring is the perfect time to think green. The sun is shining and plants are in bloom -- so why not get inspired to consider adding a bit of green to your lifestyle? Here's a look at how you can reduce your consumption of the earth's resources to help preserve them for years to come.

Go Green to Get More Coin more
The Outfield: Bodybuilding and beyond
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

When author Benoit Denizet-Lewis began researching _America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life_, he wanted his book about addicts to include someone from the LGBT community. In "Todd" - a 40-year-old addicted to steroids and crystal meth - he found a complex character: a Bisexua
Alan Henry Johnson, 1954-2008
Alan Henry Johnson, 54, was born April 10, 1954 in Bellingham, WA and passed away peacefully in his Tacoma home on Christmas morning (2008) with his partner of 27 years, Michael Barrett, at his side. Alan graduated from high school in Ferndale, WA and later graduated from a business school in Seattle. Throughout the years, Alan made his home in more
2009 Toyota RAV4 4WD Limited

by J.T. Hills
SGN Contributing Writer

• Fresh restyle for 2009
• 3.5 liter V6 is powerful,
  and it’s fun to drive
• Fit and finish is impeccable

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