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posted Friday, December 20 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 51


New Mexico Supreme Court OKs same-sex marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In a unanimous decision, New Mexico's Supreme Court ruled on December 19 that Gay and Lesbian couples have a right to marry in the state.

'We hold that the State of New Mexico is constitutionally required to allow same-gender couples to marry and must extend to them the rights, protections, and responsibilities that d
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Catholic school vice principal fired for same-sex marriage
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish fired Vice Principal Mark Zmuda by forcing him to resign because he married a man over the summer. The Archdiocese of Seattle ordered the firing of Mr. Zmuda and a school spokeswoman, Sister Mary Tracy told KING 5 'a church decision is not a sch
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Take that, Russia! - U.S. Sochi delegation includes LGBT athletes
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

In what is widely being interpreted as a deliberate snub to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the White House announced that the official U.S. delegation to the Sochi Olympics will include two openly Lesbian athletes.

Tennis legend Billy Jean King, figure-skating gold medalist
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Above party politics
by Mark Segal - Philadelphia Gay News

If you've read 'PA's first out lawmaker, one year later' about State Rep. Mike Fleck on the front page of this paper [Ed. note: the SGN reprinted the article in our 12/13/13 edition], there are two points that should jump out at you and give you pause: First, Pennsylvania has two out st
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Ed Murray outlines plan for livable wage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Ed Murray introduced his 'Income Inequality Advisory Committee' and announced plans to raise Seattle's minimum wage at a press conference on December 19.

Income inequality 'strikes at the very core of who we are as a democratic society,' Murray said. 'Our city is becoming an u
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Homeless youth
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Christmas Day is approaching and with each passing hour some of us will scramble to the nearest retailer to buy that last minute present we forgot to buy for that 'somebody' that we can barely remember anything about anyway. But, it is the office Christmas Party after all, and you di
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Federal judge strikes down Utah anti-polygamy law - Victory for 'Sister Wives' family
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal district judge struck down a key part of Utah's anti-polygamy law on December 16.

Judge Clark Waddoups said that the statute forbidding 'cohabitation' violates the U.S. Constitution's due process clause and the First Amendment's guarantee of religious freedom.
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Texas judge blocks Houston DP benefits
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Texas county judge has blocked the city of Houston from giving benefits to the same-sex spouses of city employees.

In an order issued December 17, Texas District Judge Lisa Millard ordered Houston not to provide any benefits pending a January 6 hearing. Millard acted in resp
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North Dakota OKs Bisexual plural marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A male resident of North Dakota may marry a woman even if he is already married to another man, the state's Attorney General ruled on December 12.

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said that since his state bans same-sex marriage by state law and state constitution
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Lesbian student sues Mississippi school district for harassment
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) filed a federal lawsuit December 17 on behalf of a Lesbian student who says she was harassed by her Mississippi school.

Destin Holmes, says that as a student at Magnolia Junior High School in the Moss Point, Mississippi, school district,
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James Raymond Ott
October 1, 1938 - December 19, 2013

James Ott was born on October 1, 1938 in Detroit, Michigan. He passed away peacefully in his home on December 19, 2013, with family and friends at his side.

He is predeceased by his parents, his brother, Joe Ott, and long-time partner, Dave Davis. He is survived by his brother, Frank Ott of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Jim
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Free holiday tree composting: December 26-January 12
Seattle residents who subscribe to curbside food and yard waste collection can put their trees and greens out on their regular collection day at no extra charge from Dec. 26, 2013 through Jan. 12, 2014.

Multi-family buildings can put out one tree next to each food and yard waste cart per collection day at no extra charge durin
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'The Times, They Are A-Changing!'
by Sugie - SGN Contributing Writer

Bob Dylan wrote those prophetic words the year I turned 10 years old in 1964. Little did I know that 49 years later I would be writing on the topic of Gay marriage. I would like to point out that I am as straight as straight can be. I have a wonderful boyfriend and we are traveling on a good sh
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Who should pay?
by D Smith - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear Kiki With D,

I'm a single, 30-year-old Gay male. Saturday night before last, I met a guy who's 12 years my senior. We spoke on the phone a few times, and on Monday he was persistent and asked me out to dinner.

When the bill came, he paid just his hal
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How high or low is your blood sugar, Sugar?
by Sugie SGN Contributing Writer 'I have Diabetes Type 2?' I asked my endocrinologist (thyroid doctor) with great surprise in my voice. I knew that I had high blood sugar, thanks to the side effect of a medica-tion I was currently taking. I even had a blood sugar meter, and faithfully took my blood sugar content at least three times a week. more
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Jesse's Journal: 2013: The best of times . . .
by Jesse Monteagudo - SGN Contributing Writer

A few years ago, I wrote a piece about Section 377, part of a code of law drafted by the newly-formed British government of India. Written by the historian Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay, Section 377 decreed that 'Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nat
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A Washingtonian Yankee in King Solomon's Court
by Sugie - SGN Contributing Writer

It's the winter of Christmas love, man
'And the man with the candle flame eyes, just breaks down and cries,' went one of my fellow eighth grader's compositions in honors English. The year was 1967. Sergeant Pep-per's Lonely Hearts Club Band had just been released by the Beatles. 'Th
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'O Captain, My Captain' - A Tribute to Nelson Mandela
by Sugie - SGN Contributing Writer

'Exalt O shores and ring O bells! / But I with mournful tread, / Walk the deck my Captain lies, / Fallen cold and dead.' Walt Whitman wrote those lines in 1865, as a tribute to the great President Abraham Lincoln. These heartfelt lines can only sum up how I feel about the death of Nelson Man
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