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Bill Clinton backs same-sex marriage
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

'Yeah.' That was former president Bill Clinton's answer when asked after a speech at the Campus Progress National Conference for progressive students if he supported Gay marriage July 8.

'I personally support people doing what they want to do,' Clinton continued. 'I think it's wrong for someone to stop someone else from
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US Senate passage expected Monday on Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act cleared a key hurdle in the US Senate Thursday night. By a margin of 63-28, the Senate voted for cloture, meaning the measure may be brought up for a final vote.

That vote is expected next week, perhaps as early as Monday.

All Sena
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American Episcopalians vote full ordination to GLBT clergy
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

With a vote expected to upset world Anglican leaders, the Episcopalians declared Gays and Lesbians eligible for 'any ordained ministry' on July 14.

The Episcopal General Convention, meeting in Anaheim, California, gave final approval to the measure during a legislative assembly,
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Massachusetts sues on DOMA
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Massachusetts is suing the U.S. government over the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The commonwealth announced July 8 that it is seeking federal benefits for its legally married Gay and Lesbian couples, which the 1996 DOMA status forbids.

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Fort Worth protests against bar raid continue
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seven Queer LiberAction (QL) demonstrators were removed from a contentious Fort Worth City Council meeting Tuesday, as Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief apologized for city police participation in a June 28 raid on a Gay bar.

Meanwhile agents of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
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QLAW announces monthly GLBT legal clinic
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The GLBT Bar Association of Washington Foundation - known as QLAW - announced July 10 they will open a monthly legal clinic addressing the legal needs of GLBT individuals and couples this month. In addition to the Legal Clinic, QLAW Foundation offers public education, summer legal internship gr
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Metropolitan Community Churches support Gay clergy
The international movement of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC) today affirmed its support of its sister denomination in Christ, the Episcopal Church in America, in lifting the de facto moratorium on the ordination of Lesbian and Gay clergy candidates and the election of openly Lesbian and Gay bishops.

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Faith and Freedom Network actively seeking signatures
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Washington Families Standing Together, along with Equal Rights Washington (ERW), say the Faith and Freedom Political Action Committee is actively gathering the 120,577 signatures needed to put a domestic partnership bill before voters in November.

The opposition has until July 25
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Mike Webb murder trial ends in 20-year sentence
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

King County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Ramsdell sentenced Scott White to 20 years behind bars for the April 2007 slaying of openly Gay radio talk-show host Mike Webb.

The July 10 sentencing came as a shock to the courtroom packed with Webb's friends and family because Prosecuto
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Cast of HAIR to join march on Washington
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The producers of HAIR: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical announced July 13 they are canceling the show's October 11 performance so the entire cast can join the National Equality March in Washington, D.C.

The cast and producers made the evening announcement at a rally in Los A
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Port Commission candidate Rob Holland
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Rob Holland is African American, Gay, and was born into a working class family in Bremerton. He doesn't fit the profile of a Port of Seattle Commissioner.

'At least not the ones we've had so far!' he exclaims. 'You know, the Port is going on 100 years old. It's time to re-envision
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Bill seeks to end the ban on syringe exchange programs
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The ban on the use of federal funds for syringe exchange programs may be lifted. The removal of the ban is being championed by Rep. David R. Obey (D-WI) and was introduced last week in the Labor, Health and Human Services FY 2010 Appropriations bill. Obey is the chairman of the Labor, Health an
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Rise 'n Shine benefits from Northwest Bears' Spring Thaw
On June 25, 2009, Jim Fotter, on behalf of Northwest Bears, presented $6,390 to Terry March, program director of Rise 'n Shine. The money was raised primarily during Northwest Bears' 15th Annual Spring Thaw weekend, held this year during April 16-19, through activities such as the Beard, Belly and Buns contest whereby contestants solicited dollar v more
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The Outfield: SpiderBaby: The Twin Cities favorite (Gay) wrestler
SpiderBaby: The Twin Cities' favorite (Gay) wrestler by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

The results are in. The 'Best Wrestler of 2009' - at least in the Twin Cities - is a Gay man.

But the bigger news might be that 'SpiderBaby's' selection has caused no news frenzy at all.

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Seattle Pride Parade '09
Thank you from the SOap Board!

Stepping Up for Seattle Pride A Special Thanks to our sponsors, volunteers, friends and supporters!

The members of the 2009 Seattle Out and Proud (SOaP) board would like to thank everyone with heartfelt appreciation for their generous support in making the 2009 Seattle Pride Parade the
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Join the Impact volunteers have just made a video to remind voters just how much is at stake for Washington families if Referendum 71 qualifies for the ballot.
Take the Decline to Sign Pledge:

If you have not done so already, please click here to take the Pledge to Decline to Sign Referendum 71, and forward this e-mail to friends and family. You can also print out and take Decline to Sign Pledge Forms with you. Ask people at public events who haven't yet pledged to decline to sign to fill
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National News
by Rex Wockner SGN Contributing Writer

D.C. recognizes Gay marriages from elsewhere
The District of Columbia began recognizing same-sex marriages from elsewhere on July 7.

Gay couples can marry in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain and Sw
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Tom Duane unleashed
At around 3 am last night, New York State Senator Tom Duane, who is gay and HIV-positive, delivered a mesmerizing, emotional 21-minute speech on the Senate floor at the end of a marathon session in favor of a bill preventing people living with HIV or AIDS and receiving public assistance from having to pay more than 30 percent of their monthly more
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Mormon 'kiss-in' in Utah leads to shouting match
By JENNIFER DOBNER (AP) - Jul 19, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY - A mass-kissing protest near the Mormon church temple Sunday drew a shouting match between gay activists and a group of faithful Mormons.

For the second consecutive weekend, about 100 people gathered to stage a "kiss-in" to protest the treatment of two gay men ci
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Gay Marriage and the Constitution: Why Ted Olson and I are working to overturn California's Proposition 8.
By DAVID BOIES

When I got married in California in 1959 there were almost 20 states where marriage was limited to two people of different sexes and the same race. Eight years later the Supreme Court unanimously declared state bans on interracial marriage unconstitutional.

Recently, Ted Olson and I brought a l
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Ice-cold shoulder given as gay penguin couple splits
Canwest News Service
July 19, 2009Comments

After six years together, the relationship between a pair of gay male penguins at San Francisco zoo is apparently over, with Harry leaving Pepper for another penguin-- Linda.

full story:
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PGN publisher's Cronkite disruption & later personal friendship
Walter Cronkite personal memories

Walter Cronkite was my friend and mentor. That fact attests to his generosity of heart and spirit when one considers the way in which we first met. That's explained by the New York Times article of that day below (attached). After that
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Senate approves hate-crimes measure
by Rex Wockner
July 20, 2009 12:00 PM

The U.S. Senate approved a bill July 16 to add sexual orientation, gender identity and other categories to federal hate-crimes protections.

The measure, which passed on a voice vote, was attached to a defense-spending bill. A move to remove it from that bill fa
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"Quote Unquote"
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer "I know that many in this room don't believe that progress has come fast enough, and I understand that. It's not for me to tell you to be patient, any more than it was for others to counsel patience to African Americans who were petitioning for equal rights a half-century ago. But I say this: We have ma more
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Bill Clinton backs same-sex marriage
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US Senate passage expected Monday on Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Act
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American Episcopalians vote full ordination to GLBT clergy
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Massachusetts sues on DOMA
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Fort Worth protests against bar raid continue
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QLAW announces monthly GLBT legal clinic
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Metropolitan Community Churches support Gay clergy
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Faith and Freedom Network actively seeking signatures
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"Quote Unquote"
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International News
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Northwest News
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National News
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Mike Webb murder trial ends in 20-year sentence
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Cast of HAIR to join march on Washington
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SGN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Port Commission candidate Rob Holland
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Bill seeks to end the ban on syringe exchange programs
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Rise 'n Shine benefits from Northwest Bears' Spring Thaw
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The Outfield: SpiderBaby: The Twin Cities favorite (Gay) wrestler
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Seattle Pride Parade '09
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Join the Impact volunteers have just made a video to remind voters just how much is at stake for Washington families if Referendum 71 qualifies for the ballot.
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Tom Duane unleashed
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Mormon 'kiss-in' in Utah leads to shouting match
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Gay Marriage and the Constitution: Why Ted Olson and I are working to overturn California's Proposition 8.
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Ice-cold shoulder given as gay penguin couple splits
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PGN publisher's Cronkite disruption & later personal friendship
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Senate approves hate-crimes measure
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Salt Lake City kissing protest brings cheers, jeers (with multimedia)
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Catfish Derby mistreats fun-loving lesbians
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Check out my Huffington Post blog on the Prop 8 case
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Observations from Turkey Hollow on the LGBT Civil Rights Movement: Part One 'Oh Lord Not Now!'
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San Diego group plans 'kiss-in' at Mormon temple
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Fort Worth City Council asks for federal investigation into raid at Rainbow Lounge
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California bill would recognize same-sex marriages from other states
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New Law Protects Children Born to Same-Sex Parents in the District of Columbia
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