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Washington, USA: First Same Sex Couple Married at 12:04 AM

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

First Same Sex Couple Married at 12:04 AM in WashingtonIt’s a big wedding day for Washington State, where at 12:04 am Sarah and Emily Cofer became the state’s first same-sex couple to be officially, legally tie the knot.

Jesse Page and Brendan Taga soon followed at the King County Court House. Presiding Judge Mary Yu said she had seven such weddings scheduled between midnight and 7:30am.

“This is what courts are supposed to do, respond to the needs of our community,” she told USA Today. Bailiff Takao Yamada added, “We’ll sleep later.”

Authored By Andrew Belonsky – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Washington, USA: Dan Savage and Partner Get Marriage License

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Among the first round of couples to get their marriage licenses as soon as allowed by Washington State are Dan Savage and Terry Miller.

The founders of the It Gets Better campaign were married in Canada in 2005 and had said they spent thousands on legal work needed to secure some of the rights afforded married couples, including living wills and power of attorney. But for the first time they were able to take a real step toward marriage in their home state.

State law requires a three-day waiting period from getting a license and having a ceremony, so the first day same-sex couples can actually be wed is Sunday.

Authored By Lucas Grindley – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Washington, USA: Bears Are the Marrying Kind, Too!

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Washington, USA: Bears Are the Marrying Kind, Too!Photojournalist Meryl Schenker took this picture very early this morning in Washington state, in the first hours when same-sex couples could get marriage licenses. Meryl writes:

One month after Washington State voters approved the state’s marriage equality law in Ref. 74, same-sex couples get marriage licenses for the first time on December 6th, 2012. At around 1:30am, Larry Duncan, 56, left, and Randy Shepherd, 48, from North Bend, Wash. got their marriage license.

See the Full Story at MaddowBlog

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Washington, USA: More Details on New Marriage License Forms

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

More Details on Washington State's New Marriage License FormsMarrying couples will be listed as Person A and Person B on state forms issued by the state Department of Health on Thursday in preparation for the day next week that gay marriage becomes legal in Washington state.

Couples also can elect to be brides and grooms or simply spouses on the new forms released last Thursday after a scramble to get the paperwork finished in time for next Thursday’s deadline. “It gives them a full range of options,” said Donn Moyer, spokesman for the state Department of Health, which created the forms.

The state department initially proposed changing marriage and divorce documents from “bride and groom” or “husband and wife” to the gender-nonspecific options of “Spouse A” and “Spouse B.”

See the Full Story at the Peninsula Daily News

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Washington, USA: Anti Gay African American Pastor Suggests NOM is Racist

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Anti Gay African American Pastor in Washington Suggests National Organization for Marriage is RacistAnti-Gay Washington Pastor Ken Hutcherson last week suggested NOM and its prominent allies are racist and excluded him from the fight against marriage equality in Washington state.

Said Hutcherson to the Christian Post: “When I knew my involvement was going to generate controversy, I offered to step back and suggested others who were on the front lines do so as well for the sake of unity.

They refused, leaving me as the odd man out. If you look at them, they were all the same color with the same moderate views. It just didn’t make sense why they would not include a person of color who was willing to fight.”

Authored By Andy Towle – See the Full Story at Towleroad.com

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Winning Over Our Opponents for Marriage Equality

Monday, November 19th, 2012

USA: Think Tank Says Marriage Equality Laws Will Generate SpendingThe LGBT movement has made enormous progress in recent years, in large part by focusing, laser-like, on what’s come to be called the “movable middle.” We identified that third or so of the American population that was not hateful toward LGBT people but was uncomfortable with full equality. They were not yet with us but were open to change if we allayed their anxieties by reassuring them that we wanted no more or less than what they wanted — equal opportunity, fair treatment, safety, security, and dignity.

So we targeted high-profile, glaring legal inequalities like barriers to military service and marriage and unequal treatment of LGBT parents and their children. These goals were quite conservative in one sense, in that they sought inclusion in mainstream pillars of American society. We also fought for smaller-bore but critically important gains like nondiscrimination legislation and policy changes the Obama administration could issue to make a real difference in the lives of LGBT people.

There was a strong logic to targeting the movable middle. Growing popular support for our equality in states and throughout the country is critical to raising the kind of awareness that allows for both durable political change and the equal treatment we deserve in our daily lives. And this kind of change builds on itself, as increasing visibility and acceptance invite more and more people, including politicians, to support our cause and embrace us as human beings worthy of equal dignity.

Authored By Nathaniel Frank – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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Washington, USA: Marriage Licenses Will Be Issued Starting 12/6, With Weddings Starting 12/9

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Gay/Lesbian Marriage Licenses Will Be Issued Starting 12/6 in Washington, With Weddings Starting 12/9Washington state will become the first state to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples based on voter approval.

Voters in Maine and Maryland joined Washingtonians on November 6 in approving initiatives legalizing such unions. But Maryland’s law won’t take effect until January 1, while Maine’s law is expected to come online 30 days after the results of the election have been certified by the state.

The King County Recorder’s Office in Seattle will open just after midnight on December 6 to begin issuing licenses to gay couples, King County Executive Dow Constantine announced on Thursday.

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Washington, USA: Now That Marriage Equality is Here, What Should Domestic Partners Do?

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Washington State: Now That Marriage Equality is Here, What Should Domestic Partners Do?Now that voters have approved Referendum 74 by a vote of 53.2% to 46.8%, same-sex couples can begin registering for marriage licenses in Washington state on December 6th and start marrying December 9th. Yay!

The 9,904 couples already in a Washington State Registered Domestic Partnership have several options.

If at least one person in the couple is 62 or older on June 30, 2014, the RDP remains an RDP unless the couple chooses to dissolve it. Going forward, RDPs will only be available to couples where one member is 62 or older.

Authored By Laurel Ramseyer – See the Full Story at Pam’s House Blend

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Washington, USA: Marriage Equality Opponents Concede

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

It's a Sweep! Washington State Marriage Equality Opponents ConcedeOpponents of same-sex marriage have conceded, saying it appears that Referendum 74 will pass.

Approval of the measure would make Washington the ninth state to approve gay marriage and the third to do so this week.

“With added results showing that we have not closed the gap, it now appears clear that Referendum 74 will be narrowly approved,” said Joseph Backholm, chairman of Preserve Marriage Washington, which worked to defeat the measure.

Authored By Lornet Turnbull – See the Full Story at the Seattle Times

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Washington, USA: Former GOP Governor Endorses Marriage Equality

Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Former GOP Governor Endorses Marriage Equality in Washington StateOne of Washington State’s best-known Republican politicians, Dan Evans, is backing the marriage equality law that is up for a popular vote next week.

“As a Republican, I believe strongly in individual liberty and freedom,” said Evans in a statement distributed by Washington United for Marriage. “So, for me, approving Referendum 74, supporting our bipartisan marriage law, and giving everyone the freedom to marry the person they love, just seems right and reflects the fundamental value of fairness that we treasure here in Washington.”

Evans should be well-known to Washington voters of a certain generation. He served three terms as governor of the state, from 1965 until 1977. He followed that up in 1983 with a term as a U.S. senator.

Authored By Lucas Grindley – See the Full Story at The Advocate

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