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Section One - ALL STORIES
Referendum 71: Lawsuit filed to prevent certification, donor names subject to disclosure
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On August 27, Washington Families Standing Together WAFST filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court requesting a Temporary Restraining Order to prevent the Secretary of State from certifying Referendum 71 to the ballot. If R-71 is placed on the ballot, voters will be asked to approve or disapprove of Senate Bill 5688, which grants
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SGN exclusive interview: Lt. Dan Choi speaks out on 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On August 18, Army Lieutenant Dan Choi added his voice to those calling for Gays and Lesbians to march on Washington this October. Choi, a founding member of Knights Out, the group of LGBT alumni of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and an active duty Infantry officer, Iraq veteran, and
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Senator Ted Kennedy dead at 77
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

The man whom many in the LGBT community consider their greatest friend in the U.S. Senate has died.

Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), who fought for equal rights for Gays on many fronts and was an early defender of people with HIV, died Tuesday night, August 25. He had been sufferin
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Ed Murray - Seattle's next mayor? Possible write-in?
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Will Senator Ed Murray be the next mayor of Seattle? Rumors began to circulate this week that Murray - a veteran state legislator representing the 43rd District - was interested in running for the job.

In an exclusive interview with SGN on Wednesday, Murray insisted that he was not
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A tale of two obituaries
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Two politicians died this week, within hours of each other. One was very well known to Americans, one far less so. They had several things in common, and a few things not. Each of them had a profound effect on the country he helped to govern.

Ted Kennedy died of cancer on Augus
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Barack Obama remembers Ted Kennedy
Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy. For nearly five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well-being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts. His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores more
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Seattle forms Gay Flag Football Club
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle LGBT community's sports clubs are alive and well. We've got everything from runners to softball and soccer players. In fact, the clubs and leagues in our local community don't just play; they win. Rich Anaya wants to add a Gay flag football club to the proud roster of Seattle LG
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Violent attacks continue on Capitol Hill
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On August 25 at approximately 1 a.m., independent freelance artist Sean B. was attacked outside of the QFC on Broadway near E. Harrison St. According to Sean, who moved to Seattle from Los Angeles, California three years ago, the attack was completely unprovoked.

The 26-year-ol
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Federal judge dismisses DOMA suit, Smelt v. United States
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge has dismissed Smelt v. United States - the case in which President Obama's Justice Department filed two controversial briefs defending DOMA. The ruling was handed down on Monday, August 24.

US District Judge David O. Carter ruled the case - the first of several
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Seattle Gay History: The 922
by Don Paulson - SGN Contributing Writer

Bill Parkin, owner of the 1960s Pike Street Tavern and who still knows everyone on the planet (and then some), was bartender at the 922 Madison Tavern from 1970 to 1976. It was owned by Mac and John, who changed the bar's name to the 922. They also owned the Gay 614 First Ave. and the 6
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Iowa Ethics Board Concerned About NOM Activities
NEW THIS MORNING: HRCBackStory.org has obtained a letter by the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board that it's investigating campaign practices by the National Organization for Marriage. Read the entire post below or online at www.HRCBackStory.org.

Iowa Ethics Board Concerne
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Murray won't run for Seattle mayor
State Sen. Ed Murray said Tuesday he would not run as a write-in candidate for Seattle mayor.

"While I am deeply concerned for the future of our city and Michael and I are honored to have been approached by so many people and organizations we admire and respect, I am also a realist: write-in campaigns are extremely difficult, a
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Constantine, Hutchison both back state gay-rights law
King County executive candidates Dow Constantine and Susan Hutchison both back the state's '[everything but marriage' law, which likely faces a November referendum.

By Bob Young
Seattle Times staff reporter

In the race for King County executive, Dow Constantine has tried to paint Susan Hutchison as a c
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'Don't ask, don't tell' challenge gets court date
more Wednesday, September 2, 2009

By LEVI PULKKINEN
SEATTLEPI.COM STAFF

A McChord Air Force Base flight nurse discharged under the Department of Defense "don't ask, don't tell" policy will have her day in court -- more than a year from now.

Then a 19-year veteran of the service, Air Force
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