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Sen. Ed Murray comments to SGN as domestic partnership bill moves through committee
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

In a press release announcing the passage of the new domestic partnership bill through the Senate Government Operations and Elections Committee on Thursday, Sen. Ed Murray issued a simple statement on respect and equality:

"This bill is another necessary step toward giving couples who have built loving families and liv
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Seattle to host largest Gay Softball World Series this August
Seattle will host the largest amateur Gay sporting event of the year, the 2008 North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance (NAGAAA) and the Amateur Sports Association of North America (ASANA) World Series of Softball for both men and women. More than 200 teams from across the US and Canada will converge on the Emerald City to compete in this highl more
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Prosecutor's Office unveils anti-hate crime poster
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

A new poster giving tips on how to avoid and report hate crimes is being unveiled today by the King County Prosecutor's Office. The poster is part of the effort to crack down on the amount of anti-Gay harassment occurring in and around Capitol Hill. The Seattle Gay News spoke to King County P
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Federal Appeals Court OKs teaching tolerance in school
A Massachusetts federal appeals court ruled Thursday that an elementary school can continue to use children's books that encourage tolerance for Gay people. The ACLU cheers the decision, which rejected the claims of parents who said exposing their children to such books violated their ability to direct the religious training of their children. more
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Stonewall Democrats urge caucus involvement
by Andrew Miller - Special to the SGN

Caucus: a term that Tim Gunn of Project Runway uses to compel designers to work in teams. You may commend Tim Gunn for his use of three-dollar words, but the upcoming presidential caucus carries a little more volatility and concern. We currently have legislation in the works to expand domest
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Polling would-be presidents on marriage
by Chris Crain - SGN Contributing Writer

When Al Gore quietly announced his support for Gay marriage last week in a homemade video posted on his Current TV network, one thing was clear: He has abandoned all thought of entering this year's presidential contest.

That's because the received wisdom in U.S. politics to
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Lambda Legal applauds ruling upholding benefits for partners of New Orleans employees
The Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans has granted Lambda Legal's motion for summary judgment, and ruled that the city of New Orleans was within its authority when it granted health benefits to domestic partners of city employees and established a domestic partner registry for city residents.

"This lawsuit needlessly
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Going for Obama
by Richard J. Rosendall - Special to the SGN

"We are one people." It is easy to say, but we have struggled over it for 232 years. The charismatic speaker, who once wrestled with his biracial identity and found his footing as a community organizer in south Chicago, brings a conviction that gives people goosebumps. It is a vision
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Al Gore supports same-sex marriage, Stonewall Democrats comment
"I think it's wrong for the government to discriminate against people because of a person's sexual orientation. I think that Gay men and women ought to have the same rights as heterosexual men and women to make contracts, have hospital visiting rights, and join together in marriage.

"I don't understand why it is considered by som
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The 2008 caucus: When, where, and why
by Janice Van Cleve - Special to the SGN

The caucus is coming - so what? The Washington State caucus is Saturday, February 9, four days after "Super Tuesday." The Democratic presidential nominee will be decided already before we get to weigh in - at least that's what the media talking heads and over-eager pundits would have us b
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The pain of silence
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

For the past two years, I have been courting the attention of my father.

It started when I visited Jordan, in March 2006. I stood at the reedy, mucky place where Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan, and thought of forgiveness.

I mailed him a circle of R
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Human Rights Campaign releases state legislative report for 2007
Last week, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation released "Equality from State to State 2007," a comprehensive annual review of state legislation affecting Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Americans.

"2007 was a very positive year for state legislation affecting GLBT Americans," said Human Rights Campaign Foundation Presiden
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Stop blaming Hillary for culture wars
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

Hillary Clinton and Obama caught the political bug while in college in 1992, seduced by the charming optimism of Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. At the time, I was interning as a radio news reporter at KQED in San Francisco. One of my assignments was to cover a Clinton visit. Althou
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Real Estate: How to sell your home in a tight market
The housing market has gotten off to a rocky start in 2008 and American homeowners are wondering what the future has in store for the real estate market.

With more than 4.2 million homes currently on the market and more to come as spring "selling season" arrives, home prices are falling to entice buyers to get off the sidelines
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National News
GORE SUPPORTS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore came out in support of same-sex marriage January 17.

In a video posted at Current.com, Gore said: "I think it's wrong for the government to discriminate against people because of that person's sexual orientation. I think that Gay men and women ought t
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Alex Conrad 1953-2008
William Alexander (Alex) Conrad III passed away January 22, 2008 in Seattle, Washington following complications from lymphoma. He was tended to by his loving partner, Scott Reichert, his sister, Marty, and his mother, Mary Ellen.

Alex was born on June 26, 1953, in San Luis Obispo, California. He was adopted at birth by Dixon and
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