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Victory in California - California Supreme Court issues historic ruling: Same-sex marriage ban "unconstitutional"
California Supreme Court issues historic ruling: Same-sex marriage ban "unconstitutional" by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

The California Supreme Court ruled today that state laws prohibiting the recognition of same-sex marriages violate state constitutional rights of Gay people.

The 4 to 3 opinion, joined by three Republican and one Democratic appo
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Language in landmark marriage ruling holds up to scrutiny
by Chris Crain - SGN Contributing Writer

The California Supreme Court handed down a landmark victory for Gay rights today, ruling on a 4-3 vote that it was unconstitutional for the state to limit marriage to opposite-sex couples only. The impact of the decision will be swift and powerful.

Unlike Massachusetts,
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Artist encounters homophobia at Seattle café
by Jim Wilkinson - Special to the SGN

I'm a part-time photographer in the Seattle area. For the past few months, I worked my butt off and spent literally thousands of dollars preparing for what was to be a month-long one-man photography show at the Kiss Café on NW Market in Ballard. The name of my show was Normal Sometimes Na
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Verbena director under suspicion of embezzlement
by Nick Ardizzone - SGN Staff Writer

On Saturday, May 10, the Seattle Police Department was called to Verbena Health, a Pine Street agency which offers a spectrum of health services for Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered women. The two board members who called the SPD then filed a report of embezzlement, which claimed executive
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Seattle lawmakers react to California victory
Following Thursday's ruling, the Seattle Gay News spoke briefly with State Senator Ed Murray, State Representative Jamie Pedersen, and Seattle City Councilmember Tom Rasmussen about the California's landmark decision.

Senator Ed Murray
"It's an important step for Gay and Lesbian people in all states, and I
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Outing celebrities
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

Recently, Perez Hilton outed another celebrity.

This celebrity, an actor, is not a big name. He's young. He's no one with any power in Hollywood.

In fact, he's someone who's taken on Gay roles. He's appeared at Gay events and supported GLAAD. And
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Study: Half of principals deem bullying a "serious problem"
A new study of public school principals released today by GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) finds that half of principals view bullying as a serious problem at their schools, yet they appear to underestimate the extent of harassment that more
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Judge rules students can't be barred from showing GLBT support
After a two-day trial in which a Florida high school principal testified that he believed clothing or stickers featuring rainbows were "sexually suggestive" and would make students automatically picture Gay people having sex, a federal judge today ruled that the school violated the First Amendment rights of students. The case was brought by th more
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Moldovan Pride threatened, cops refuse protection
- From a statement released by GenderDoc-M on the ILGA Europe website (www.ilga-europe.org). On May 10, participants in the 7th Moldovan Pride were precluded from marching peacefully in support of anti-discrimination legislation and tolerance in the centre of Chisinau. Police did not guarantee the right to freedom of assembly. Large a more
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The Outfield - A strong foundation for female athletes
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

Two years ago, Shelly Boyum-Breen's oldest daughter tried out for a select volleyball team. If she made it, the fee for the season would be $3,500. If she didn't, it would still cost $800 to play on a non-all-star team.

Boyum-Breen - who was working in sales for the WNBA -
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Entre Hermanos - Certamen Latino
by Marcos Martinez - SGN Contributing Writer

Has the state of the world today got you down? Then come and celebrate with us at the Latino Pageant on Saturday May 24 at Town Hall Seattle. This is our annual event sponsored by Entre Hermanos where we invite the entire community to join with us in celebrating the fabulousness of
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The AIDS blame game
by Wayne Besen - SGN Contributing Writer

What is it about Gay sex that makes U.S. health officials want to play Chicken Little with AIDS prevention and public safety?" Tony Valenzuela writes in the latest Poz magazine, where he criticizes, "The clueless tabloid and public health hysteria over man-on-man sex."

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Real Estate - Affordable bathroom updates
With the slowdown in the real estate market, more people are looking for ways to add value to their homes and make them stand out from the rest. One area that is of high interest to both buyers and home investors is the bathroom.

According to Realtor Magazine, the national average return on investment for bathroom remodeling is b
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The Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, has issued the following statement concerning today's California Supreme Court decision regarding same-gender relationships.
Today's Supreme Court decision on same-gender relationships is important because it reflects our baptismal vow to "strive for justice and peace among all people and respect the dignity of every human being" and our commitment to justice and mercy for all people.

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles has been a leader in w
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TWO Ecstatic Over Historic California Marriage Ruling
Ruling Undermines 'Ex-Gay' Propaganda And Lets Potential Recruits See The Truth About Same-Sex Relationships

NEW YORK - TruthWinsOut.org expressed jubilation over the California Supreme Court's decision to overturn a ban on same-sex marriage. The momentous 4-3 ruling is one of the biggest victories in the GLBT equality movement
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March for Rights
By Robert Christian - Contributing writer SGN

The Seattle Marijuana march, started off with grey skies; and high hopes, with a voice that was heard.

During the march, it was a united voice of those who are either medical marajauna patients, and or those who support the legalization of Marijuana.

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