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  • Surrogacy bill expands rights for same-sex couples

    OLYMPIA – Because Washington state outlaws paying a surrogate mother to have a baby, some couples with fertility problems go to Oregon or California, where they can hire women to …


  • Judge: Public release of petition names would make case moot

    TACOMA – A federal judge ruled Wednesday that signed petitions calling for a state vote on expanded domestic partnerships for gay couples are barred from public release while he hears …


  • Domestic partners petition names shielded for now

    Signed petitions calling for a public vote on expanded domestic partnerships for gay couples will remain shielded from public view while a federal judge hears new arguments on whether to …


  • Income tax initiative to include same-sex partners

    Supporters of an initiative campaign to tax the earnings of couples making more than $400,000 annually want to make sure the state’s domestic partners are taxed at the same rate …


  • Jonathan Rauch: Growth year for gay rights

    For the gay marriage debate, 2009 was transitional instead of transformative, but the year was historic nonetheless. To mangle Churchill, it was not the end, nor even the beginning of …


  • Domestic partnership measure approved by voters

    Washington voters have approved the state’s new “everything but marriage” law, expanding rights for domestic partners and marking the first time any state’s voters have approved a gay equality measure …


  • Gay-partnership foes challenge campaign laws

    Opponents of stronger legal partnerships for gay couples must abide by Washington state’s campaign finance laws while a lawsuit challenging those laws’ constitutional footing moves ahead, a federal judge ruled …


  • Group wants to hide donors in R-71 campaign

    A political action committee opposed to Washington state’s expanded partnerships for gay couples has sued in federal court, arguing it should be exempt from the state’s campaign finance laws.


  • High court blocks release of R-71 names

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday temporarily blocked Washington state officials from releasing the names of people who signed referendum petitions to bring expanded rights for gay couples up for …


  • Justice blocks release of R-71 petition names

    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Washington state officials from releasing the names of people who signed a ballot measure on gay rights. Kennedy’s ruling Monday …


  • Justice blocks names in gay rights ballot measure

    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy has temporarily blocked Washington state officials from releasing the names of people who signed a ballot measure on gay rights.


  • Court OKs release of R-71 petitions

    SEATTLE – Washington’s secretary of state can release the names and addresses of people who signed petitions calling for a public vote on the state’s expanded benefits for domestic partners, …


  • 9th Circuit lifts ban on release of R-71 petitions

    Washington’s secretary of state can release the names and addresses of people who signed petitions calling for a public vote on the state’s expanded benefits for domestic partners, a federal …


  • Appeals court to hear R-71 disclosure case

    OLYMPIA — State lawyers will travel to California to argue that petitions for Referendum 71 should be made public.


  • Wash. to appeal judge’s decision on R-71 signers

    The state attorney general said Friday he is appealing a federal judge’s decision to keep secret the names of people who signed petitions supporting Referendum 71, which calls for a …


  • R-71 supporter signatures remain shielded

    OLYMPIA – A federal judge Thursday ordered the state of Washington to keep shielding the identities of people who signed petitions to force a vote on expanded benefits for gay …


  • Judge blocks release of petitions for R-71

    OLYMPIA — A federal judge in Tacoma is shielding the identities of people who signed petitions to force a statewide vote on expanded benefits for gay couples.


  • Tacoma judge may release names of R-71 signers

    A federal judge in Tacoma may decide today whether the public can see the names of people who signed Referendum 71. That’s the measure on the November ballot that could …


  • Partner benefits closer to vote

    OLYMPIA – A judge on Tuesday refused to block a public vote on expanded domestic partnership benefits for gay couples in Washington state. Thurston County Superior Court Judge Thomas McPhee …


  • Judge rejects R-71 lawsuit

    SEATTLE – Secretary of State Sam Reed may have accepted tens of thousands of invalid signatures before he certified a November referendum on expanding domestic partnership benefits, a King County …


  • King County judge rejects challenge to R-71

    SEATTLE — Secretary of State Sam Reed may have accepted tens of thousands of invalid signatures before he certified a November referendum on expanding domestic partnership benefits, a King County …


  • Partner rights headed to ballot

    OLYMPIA – Expanded domestic partnerships for same-sex couples could face a public vote after Washington officials ruled that referendum sponsors have enough voter support to force a referendum on the …


  • Gay partnership referendum makes ballot

    OLYMPIA — Expanded domestic partnerships for same-sex couples could face a public vote after Washington officials ruled that referendum sponsors have enough voter support to force a referendum on the …


  • Supporters of gay partnerships sue over referendum

    OLYMPIA — Supporters of the state’s expanded domestic partnership law are suing elections officials, hoping to keep a referendum of the law off the November ballot.


  • PDC won’t seal donor names

    OLYMPIA – The state Public Disclosure Commission on Tuesday rejected a request to seal the names of donors to a campaign to overturn Washington state’s newly expanded domestic partnership law. …


  • Washington PDC rejects request to seal donor names

    OLYMPIA — The state Public Disclosure Commission on Tuesday rejected a request to seal the names of donors to a campaign to overturn Washington state’s newly expanded domestic partnership law.


  • Wash. gay partnership foes turn in signatures

    Sponsors of a campaign to overturn the state’s “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law turned in their petition signatures Saturday and said they believe they have enough to force a …


  • Group will publish names of partner-rights opponents

    OLYMPIA – Petitions were being printed Tuesday for Referendum 71, which asks Washington voters to overturn a new law granting same-sex domestic partners many of the rights of spouses. But …


  • Group to publicize names of petition-signers

    SEATTLE (AP) — A group called WhoSigned.org says it will publicize the names of people signing petitions for Referendum 71, which seeks a public vote to overturn a new expansion …


  • Domestic partnership foes aim to change wording on ballot

    OLYMPIA – Conservative activists want to change the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would overturn the Legislature’s latest expansion of domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian couples. A …


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