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posted Friday, January 20, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 03

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Oh, Canada!: Canadian government may invalidate marriages of 5,000 foreign couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Canadian government attorney has indicated that Canada's federal government does not recognize the marriages of foreign same-sex couples wed in Canada.

Foreign couples reportedly account for about 5,000 of the 15,000 same-sex marriages performed in Canada since marriage equality took effect in 2005.

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Support for Gay marriage emerges in the state Senate
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When Washington Governor Christine Gregoire announced her support for marriage equality last week, the debate over whether or not there would be enough votes in the state Senate to pass a Gay marriage bill this legislative session began immediately. After all, openly Gay Senator Ed Murr
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Congressman Adam Smith
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Within 24 hours of Washington's new congressional district boundaries being published in the press, Congressman Adam Smith was on the phone introducing himself to his new constituents.

'I'm no shrinking violet,' he told SGN. 'I want the people in my district to feel they're bein
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King County Council supports marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The King County Council voted to support marriage equality in a resolution passed on January 9. Three Republicans joined all five Democrats on the council in a bipartisan eight-to-one vote. Only Republican Kathy Lambert voted No.

The resolution was proposed by the council's f
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Seattle ranked fifth Gayest city in America
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Each year, The Advocate puts out their list of the Gayest cities in America. And each year, we are not at number one.

I say that's a good thing. I mean, let's be honest, Seattle isn't everybody's rain-soaked cup of tea. But for those of us who live and love here, we think i
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Marriage equality bill introduced in New Jersey
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Democratic leaders in New Jersey's state legislature introduced a new marriage equality bill on January 10.

A similar bill was defeated two years ago on a 20-14 vote, when some Democrats defected to the anti-equality side.

Current State Senate President Stephen Swe
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General Gayety: Perry and Lawrence v. Texas: Oops!
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

Rick Perry jumped into the Republican presidential race in August, and a spate of verbal blunders followed. The Texas governor is on gaffe-ing gas. He flubbed the voting age, the date of the 2012 election, the number of justices on the Supreme Court, and the name of Justice Sotomayor
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Future sex: Beyond Gay and straight
by Peter Tatchell - Special to the SGN

In most parts of the world, homophobia is in decline. The global trend is for the repeal of anti-Gay laws and for greater public understanding and acceptance of sexual difference. Overall, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people are gradually gaining respect and rights - not losing
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Chicago Cardinal finally apologizes for KKK remark
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George of Chicago finally apologized for his inflammatory remarks comparing Chicago's Pride Parade to the Ku Klux Klan.

On January 6, the cardinal posted a statement on the Chicago Archdiocese website.

'During a recent TV interview, sp
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Same-sex marriage is a threat to humanity, pope says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Pope Benedict XVI said on January 9 that same-sex marriage is a threat to 'the future of humanity itself.'

The pope made the remarks in a New Year address to the diplomatic corps accredited to the Vatican, of which he is head of state.

Diplomats from some 180 countri
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Ask Michael: Honesty: It's a dilemma
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Everyone I know unequivocally declares that they value honesty in their relationships with family and friends. They also talk about how much they want people to be honest with them and no one I know likes it when they feel they have been deceived. Honesty is a verb. It is a noble act y
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Openly Lesbian Miss California USA contestants make history
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Jenelle Hutcherson, 26, of Long Beach, and Mollie Thomas, 19, of West Hollywood, may not have taken home the crown in the Miss California USA competition over the weekend. But what they did take with them - what is perhaps the best consolation prize one could hope for - is a page in his
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by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

NEW HUNGARIAN CONSTITUTION BANS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Hungary's ruling right-wing Fidesz party, which came to power with a two-thirds majority in the parliament last year, has pushed through a new constitution that vastly increases the power of the party leader, Viktor Orban. Tens of thousands of Hungarians - in
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BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themselves, and have fun. Meets every Friday. For more information and to
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L.A. City Council passes condom ordinance
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On January 10, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance requiring performers in the city's porn industry to use condoms during filming.

The vote was 11-1 in favor.

The measure requires a second, final approval to become law, with only eight votes needed a
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Pierce County Labor Council endorses marriage equality Courtesy of Pride At Work
Pierce County's labor community demonstrated its solidarity with the LGBT community Wednesday night when the Pierce County Central Labor Council voted to support Gov. Gregoire's bill to legalize full marriage equality.

Anita Latch, president of the new Pierce County Chapter of Pride at Work, made the motion at the Labor Council'
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Marine fights for Gay brother's right to marry
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Craig Stowell fought in Iraq with the U.S. Marines in 2004 and is now fighting for the right of Gay people, like his brother, to marry in New Hampshire.

'I served as a Marine in Iraq to defend freedom and liberty. But now the New Hampshire state legislature might take awa
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SLDN launches new online toolkit to assist LGBT veterans
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) has launched a new online toolkit to assist veterans discharged under DADT or the prior regulations prohibiting Gay and Lesbian service in the military who are seeking changes to their discharge paperwork. These changes include upgrading of di
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