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

Section One

Intoxicated off-duty SPD officers involved in scuffle at Neighbours
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Police Department investigators are looking into a disturbance involving three off-duty police officers that allegedly began with a racially charged statement at Neighbours Seattle, a popular Gay dance club on Capitol Hill.

The incident began at approximately 1 a.m. Monday outside the alley entrance to
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'The next evolution of civil rights in the U.S.'
Support for marriage equality in WA continues to grow

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

State Senator Ed Murray (D-Seattle) filed Senate Bill 6239 on January 13, only two votes shy of having enough support in the state Senate to pass marriage equality legislation. By January 19, that number had shrunk to one, as an undecided Democratic lawmaker, Sen. Jim Kastama of Puyall
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Two state GOP representatives back marriage equality; NOM threatens
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM), a group opposed to same-sex marriage, announced on January 18 that it is prepared to spend $250,000 on primary challenges against any Republican legislators who vote for Washington's marriage equality bill.

The NOM announcement came
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American Catholics & Marriage Equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Religion and marriage. For many Americans, separating the two is an impossibility.

Others, however, take a personal journey, like Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire, and come out the other side as a supporter of marriage equality. Gregoire is a Catholic. So is
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Seattle's McGinn joins Mayors for the Freedom to Marry
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn joined mayors from the across the country this week to support the launch of Mayors for the Freedom to Marry.

Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, will launch Mayors for the Freedom to Marry at a press conference during th
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Two major benchmarks in LGBT history
by Mark Segal - Courtesy of the Philadelphia Gay News

If you sneezed last week, you might have missed them. Two major changes in the fight for LGBT equality took place, and they will change the playing field forever.

During the Republican presidential debate last Sunday on NBC's Meet the Press, before the New Ha
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Washington's Catholic bishops nix marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington state's four Roman Catholic bishops issued a pastoral letter against marriage equality on January 14.

Titled 'Marriage and the Common Good,' the letter was signed by Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, his auxiliary bishop Eusebio Elizondo, Spokane bishop Blase Cupic
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GLSEN reports on bias, bullying, and homophobia in grades K-6
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) has released a new report on school climate, biased remarks, and bullying, 'Playgrounds and Prejudice: Elementary School Climate in the United States.' The report, based on national surveys of 1,065 elementary school students in 3rd to
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Canada backs off challenge to marriages of foreign couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Less than a week after a Canadian government lawyer provoked an international controversy by challenging the validity of some 5,000 marriages of foreign same-sex couples, Canada finally clarified the situation: all same-sex marriages performed in Canada are valid and always were.

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Pastor Rick Warren vs. AFA leader Bryan Fischer
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Anti-Gay Pastor Rick Warren has joined the near-universal condemnation of so-called 'HIV denialism' - the theory that AIDS was a scheme concocted by scientists in order to justify their research grants, and not a disease caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

Warren
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Saudi Arabia arrests Gay man for hooking up on Facebook
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Saudi Arabia's religious police have arrested a Gay man for using Facebook to meet other men, activists in the kingdom say.

The man - who was not identified by name - was arrested on December 23, but details of the case are only now being revealed by reporters for the Gay Middle
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Cuba will consider same-sex civil unions this year
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Mariela Castro, niece of revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and daughter of Cuban president Raul Castro, says that Cuba will consider legalizing same-sex civil unions later this year.

She made the remarks to Cuba Si website, an official government news source, on January 17.
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International News
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 - incl
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

SEATTLE VOLLEYBALL CLUB
The Winter 2012 League Season has begun. For more information, visit www.seattlevolleyballclub.com.

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
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GLBT and Growing Older: Legal Issues in the Golden Years
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The GLBT Bar Association Foundation of Washington (QLaw Foundation) is scheduled to present a community education event focusing on legal issues facing elder members of Washington's LGBT community.

This presentation is the third in a series of community education panels
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Ending the epidemic: Why is 2012 so important?
by Paul Kawata - Special to the SGN

For many years I've enjoyed sharing my thoughts with the National Minority AIDS Council's (NMAC) constituents and friends through my periodic 'musings.' In 2012, my writings - 'Ending the Epidemic' - will reflect NMAC's efforts to realize its new mission and discuss the various changes brough
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