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posted Friday, February 20, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 08


Richland florist violated law, judge says Businesses must serve LGBT customers
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Benton County Superior Court judge ruled on February 18 that a Richland florist violated the state's Consumer Protection Act by refusing to provide flowers for a Gay wedding in 2013.

Baronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene's Flowers in Richland, said it was against her religion to sell floral arrangements to Robert In
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Tough words from Seattle Police Union President to cops
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

I know I'm not the only one that thinks, 'Why did this person become a cop in the first place' whenever I read about or see on the news yet another officer from the Seattle Police Department under fire for bias policing. It is tiresome. And people are, most certainly, tired of it happe
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Texas courts allow one same-sex marriage, block the rest
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Texas district judge allowed one Lesbian couple to marry February 18, but just hours later the state Supreme Court ordered a halt to all other same-sex marriages.

Judge David Wahlberg ordered Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir to issue a marriage license for Sarah Goodfri
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2015 Pride Parade Grand Marshals announced
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

It's mid-February and although many people might not be thinking about 2015 Seattle Pride yet, the truth is, it's right around the corner. Before you know it the seemingly month-long Seattle LGBTQ Pride celebrations will be upon us and the parade will march valiantly through the street
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The 34th Business & Humanitarian Awards Dinner
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Each year, the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA) honors those individuals and businesses who incorporate philanthropy and volunteerism into their business model and who are 'walking the talk for equality' at its Business & Humanitarian Awards Dinner, because, according to the
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Texas state judge says ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Texas state judge ruled on February 17 that the state's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. Travis County Probate Judge Guy Herman ruled in a case involving the estate of Stella Powell.

Prior to her death from colon cancer last summer, Powell had lived for eight ye
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Southern Baptists wave white flag over marriage - Judge Roy Moore vows to fight on
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The top policy official of the conservative Southern Baptist Convention told his co-religionists that they should stop standing in the way of same-sex marriage. Meanwhile Alabama Chief Judge Roy Moore said he would defy even the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Gays and Lesbians from marrying.
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Jury finds for City in Houston rights ordinance trial
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Houston jury found on February 13 that anti-Gay activists petitioning to repeal the city's new equal rights ordinance had committed forgery and other errors.

District Judge Robert Schaffer will now review how many signatures are valid to see if there are enough to qualify th
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Webinar: The Relationship between LGBT Inclusion and Economic Development
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law and USAID invite you to join them for a webinar about the relationship between LGBT inclusion and economic development, February 25, 7 a.m.

According to officials, speakers will review some of the connections, at the micro and
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New aggressive HIV strain found in Cuba
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new aggressive HIV strain that appears to develop into AIDS within three years of infection has been identified in some patients in Cuba. This new finding seems to cast doubt on reports by British scientists that HIV is evolving into less virulent and less contagious forms.

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Possible HIV vaccine? Scientists create HIV-blocking molecule
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have announced the creation of a new protein molecule that blocks HIV from entering host cells. The new molecule is so effective at preventing HIV infection that it might be used in the future as an HIV vaccine.

The research
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Polling looks good for Irish marriage referendum
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Almost two-thirds of Irish voters want to change the country's constitution to allow same-sex marriage, according to a new Sunday Independent/Millward Brown poll.

The constitutional amendment is supported by the Irish government, although the ruling Fine Gael party is generall
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