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Backers hope Pride Parade rallies referendum fight

Spokane held its 21st annual Pride Parade on Saturday, less than a week after same-sex marriage opponents blocked a state law legalizing gay marriage from taking effect. A stream of …


Signatures filed to block gay marriage until vote

OLYMPIA – Washington’s gay marriage law was blocked from taking effect Wednesday, as opponents filed more than 200,000 signatures seeking a public vote on the issue in November. Preserve Marriage …


Anti-gay marriage group nears goal

OLYMPIA – Opponents of gay marriage said Wednesday they have reached the number of signatures needed to qualify a proposed referendum seeking to overturn a new law legalizing same-sex marriage …


Inslee, McKenna split on gay marriage

Gay marriage in Washington state is all but certain to be decided by voters in November, but the state’s gubernatorial candidates will be offsetting each other’s votes on whether to …


Gregoire lauds Obama’s ‘courageous’ act

OLYMPIA – A day after announcing support for same-sex marriage, President Barack Obama today visits a state that recently went through a legislative battle over the issue and faces a …


WA gay marriage opponents closer to qualifying R-74

OLYMPIA — Opponents of gay marriage said today they have more than half of the signatures they need to qualify a proposed referendum seeking to overturn a law legalizing gay …


UPDATED: Wed., May 9, 2012

Obama voices support for gay marriage

WASHINGTON — Obama tells ABC interviewer he supports gay marriage, becoming the first president to take that position.


Doug Clark: A little more talk and a lot less action

There has been a lot of finger wagging about the Spokane City Council devoting its Monday night meeting to a public outpouring over the state’s new gay marriage law. Some …


Council tables gay marriage resolution indefinitely

The Spokane City Council late Monday effectively killed a resolution in support of the state’s gay marriage law. After five hours of testimony and debate, the council voted 4-3 to …


Editorial: City Council needs to stick to issues that it can control

Seven years ago, the Spokane City Council took on the politics of gay and lesbian relationships in debating whether to extend employee benefits to partners of same-sex couples. In the …


City Council declines to take stance on gay marriage

The Spokane City Council late Monday effectively killed a resolution in support of the state’s gay marriage law.


City Council to address gay marriage

The debate on gay marriage is headed to the Spokane City Council. City Councilman Jon Snyder is sponsoring a nonbinding resolution in support of “marriage equality,” and despite a Republican-leaning …


Councilwoman seeks to unseat state Senate majority leader

The Democratic majority leader of the Washington Senate is facing her first reelection challenge by an opponent with a winning campaign history. Spokane City Councilwoman Nancy McLaughlin, a Republican, launched …


Gingrich backs vote on marriage

OLYMPIA – Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said he thinks allowing same-sex couples to marry is wrong, but the path Washington is taking to change its law is right. Voters, …


Gregoire signs gay marriage bill

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire signed the Marriage Equality Act today that would allow same-sex couples to marry in civil ceremonies and with any religious group that allows such unions.


Gov. Gregoire to sign gay marriage bill today

OLYMPIA — Gov. Chris Gregoire will sign a measure legalizing gay marriage in Washington state into law today.


Gay marriage wins 55-43 vote, now headed to Gregoire

OLYMPIA – By a vote of 55-43, the House passed and sent to Gov. Chris Gregoire a bill that would allow same-sex couples to marry in Washington. Gregoire, who has …


Court: CA gay marriage ban is unconstitutional

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court today declared California’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. …


WA House committee advances gay marriage bill

OLYMPIA — A House committee on Monday approved a measure to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, setting the stage for final passage this week.


Same-sex marriage bill passes Senate

OLYMPIA — The Senate passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry on a 28-21 vote.


Gay marriage clears first hurdle

OLYMPIA – A proposal to allow same-sex marriages in Washington cleared its first hurdle Thursday when a legislative panel approved it on a 4-3 vote and sent it to the …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 23, 2012

Senate has critical 25th vote on gay marriage

As supporters and opponents packed hearing rooms Monday around the Capitol, Washington moved a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage when the proposal gained its crucial 25th vote in the …


WA committees to hold gay marriage hearings

OLYMPIA — Senate and House committees are set to hear testimony on whether Washington state should legalize same-sex marriage.


Shawn Vestal: It’s not right time to legalize gay marriage, it’s about time

The governor says it’s time to legalize gay marriage. The increasingly shrinking opposition says it’s not time to legalize gay marriage.


AP: Gay marriage within reach in WA Legislature

The Washington state Legislature is on the verge of having enough support to approve gay marriage, with votes continuing to realign in the state Senate, according to a tally by …


Gregoire backs gay marriage

OLYMPIA – Gov. Chris Gregoire’s emotional call for Washington state to legalize same-sex marriages brought cheers from supporters who filled her conference room Wednesday. But opponents were already coalescing for …


Gov. Gregoire to support gay marriage bill

Gov. Chris Gregoire said today she wants the Legislature to pass a law making same-sex marriage legal.


Gregoire to talk about gay marriage Wednesday

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Chris Gregoire will break her silence on an effort to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state. Gregoire has invited sponsors of the soon-to-be introduced bill …


California gay marriage ban overturned

SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge overturned California’s same-sex marriage ban Wednesday in a landmark case that could eventually land before the U.S. Supreme Court to decide if gays have …


Presbyterian leaders split vote on gay-friendly measures

MINNEAPOLIS – Presbyterian leaders split Thursday on two gay-friendly measures, voting to allow non-celibate gays in committed relationships to serve as clergy but deciding not to redefine marriage in their …