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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017


Sen. Ed Murray, D-Seattle, left, and his partner Michael Shiosaka wave at spectators in the upper gallery after the Senate voted for a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage Wednesday evening, Feb. 1, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. (Elaine Thompson / AP)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 9:02 P.M.

Shawn Vestal: Ed Murray remembers the slow – then sudden – evolution toward marriage equality

Twenty years ago this month, the Washington Legislature passed the first of two bills “defending” marriage from gay people. Five years ago this month, the Washington Legislature became the first state in the country to repeal its Defense of Marriage Act and pass marriage equality. Voters affirmed that legislation in a referendum later that year, and counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Within three years, the Supreme Court established marriage as a right for all people.

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos speaks at the Education Department in Washington. (Molly Riley / AP)

UPDATED: THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017, 10:12 A.M.

Betsy DeVos declines offer to visit Spokane-area schools

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has declined an invitation to visit Spokane-area schools. A staff member for DeVos sent Michael Dunn, the superintendent of Educational Service District 101, an email stating: “Although Secretary DeVos is unable to commit to a visit ...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2017

Washington Records

Spokane CountyMarriage licenses James J. Kuntz and Claudia M.A. Montano, both of Spokane. Michael L. Johnson and Laura D. Freeman, both of Cheney. Shon L. Vander and Pauline W. Nyamu, both of Spokane.In the courtsSuperior courtsNew suits Cavalry SPV I ...

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In the July 18 column about the Washington Cracker Co. building on E. Pacific Ave., it was mentioned that the cookie and cracker company used the swastika as a its ...