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posted Friday, February 10, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 06

Section One

Prop 8 unconstitutional, 9th Circuit confirms
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Prop 8 - the California ballot measure that took away equal marriage rights for same-sex couples - is unconstitutional, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court decided on February 7.

The ruling in Perry v. Brown confirms the decision of U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker. In August 2010, Walker found that Pr
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Washington state's House of Representatives approves Marriage Equality Bill; Governor signing Bill on Monday
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

With the nation looking on, the state House of Representatives - after two hours of respectful and intense debate - voted 55 to 43 on February 8 to make Washington the seventh state to legalize marriage equality.

'This is truly a historic day in Washington state, and one w
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JCPenney ignores bigots, sticks by Ellen DeGeneres
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Ellen DeGeneres, who was recently signed on to be a spokesperson for JCPenney, recently came under attack from conservatives asking for people to boycott the retail company until they fired DeGeneres from the position.

Not one to have sand thrown in her face, DeGeneres sp
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GSBA responds to big business endorsements of marriage equality
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Marriage equality got a major endorsement by some power players in recent weeks.

No, we're not talking about Lady Gaga or other Hollywood stars. We're talking about the stars of big business, the superstars at Nike, Microsoft, and Amazon, to name a few. While endorsements
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CNN analyst suspended for homophobic tweets
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

When will entertainers, politicians, and news personalities realize that Twitter and Facebook can land you in hot water just minutes after typing or tweeting an anti-Gay remark?

CNN's Roland Martin is the latest commentator to fall victim to the curse of social media bl
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Sen. Patty Murray defends reproductive healthcare
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Senator Patty Murray strongly defended women's access to contraception under President Obama's Affordable Care Act at a press conference February 8.

'This is a fight to protect the rights of the millions of Americans who do use contraceptives - who believe that fami
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Illinois lawmakers introduce marriage equality bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Illinois became the fourth state to have marriage equality legislation under consideration this year when three state representatives introduced a marriage bill on February 8.

The Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act, provides that 'all laws of this State applicable to
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Episcopal bishop supports marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In sharp contrast to the state's Roman Catholic bishops - who issued a pastoral letter opposing marriage equality legislation - Seattle's Episcopal Bishop Gregory H. Rickel says he supports the measure.

In a letter released February 1, Rickel described the marriage bill as 'a
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Brandon White speaks out
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor Brandon White, the young Gay man attacked and beaten amidst a hail of anti-Gay slurs outside a southwest Atlanta, Georgia, neighborhood last Saturday, bravely spoke out February 8 about the ordeal.

White, 20, was leaving a convenience store on February 4 when the assault occurred.
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Marriage equality in NJ would have a big effect on couples, children
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

As the New Jersey legislature approaches a vote on the legalization of marriage for same-sex couples, the Williams Institute, a leading research institute on sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy, released statistics and references to illustrate the potential impacts of
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New Jersey legislature sets dates for marriage votes
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The New Jersey legislature has set the date for its vote on marriage equality.

The New Jersey Senate will vote on the measure on February 13, and the Assembly will take up the bill three days later.

Both legislative chambers are controlled by Democrats, and the
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OFFICIAL LETTER OF INTENT FOR THE POSITION OF EMPRESS OF SEATTLE OLYMPIA 41
It is my absolute honor to be able to respectfully submit my official application to run for the position of Olympia 41, Empress of Seattle!

I have dreamed and aspired to become the Empress of Seattle since I attended my first Seattle Coronation for James and Nicole. Now that's just a few days ago! To me, being allowed to join th
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Ask Michael: Genesis of the marriage movement
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

You've heard the news; we are at the edge of historic social reform formalized by the legal recognition of marriage for Gay and Lesbian partners in Washington state. The community has arrived at this place through the tireless work of many for many years. The legal recognition and th
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CNN contributor sticks his tongue in the fire
by David Webb - Courtesy of The Rare Reporter

It's about time for the highfliers of the world to start giving things a little more thought before they open their mouths and let everyone know about the ugliness festering in their minds.

The latest big voice to stick his tongue in the fire is CNN contributor Rol
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

UGANDAN GAY ACTIVIST RECEIVES DEATH THREATS
A generally balanced article in Uganda's Red Pepper tabloid last November - copied from an AP story - got a local slant when editors chose to label Frank Mugisha, recipient of the prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, a 'Bum Drilling Activist' in their head
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compiled by Rick McKinnon SGN Staff Writer

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
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OFFICIAL LETTER OF INTENT FOR THE POSITION OF EMPEROR 38 IMPERIAL SOVEREIGN COURT OF SEATTLE
Tonight it is my honor and pleasure to announce to the Board of Directors, College of Monarchs, and General Membership and also to the community, my desire to run for the title of Rainier 38, Emperor for the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle.

My involvement with the International Court System began many years ago in the early
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Contractors would protect millions of LGBT workers
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A federal executive order that requires contractors to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity would protect up to 16.5 million more workers than are already protected by state or private anti-discrimination policies, according to a new study, 'The Impac
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Reactions to Prop 8 ruling
Compiled by SGN Staff

Former San Francisco Mayor and current California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom
'Today's decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stands as a victory for the fundamental American principle that all people are equal, and deserve equal rights and treatment under the law. This is the
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General Gayety: You are invited
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

I'm thinking of starting a new career. With the state of Washington on a path to legalizing same-sex marriage, it's the right time here in the Evergreen State to get into the wedding invitation business. For a modest fee, I plan to offer specialized invitation text, suited just for
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Uganda revives anti-Gay bill, but drops death penalty
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

David Bahati's notorious anti-Gay bill has been reintroduced into Uganda's parliament, but without the death penalty provisions.

The bill was shelved last year after an international outcry.

According to BBC, members of parliament applauded and chanted 'Our bil
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