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Section One

APPROVE REF. 71: THE FINAL PUSH
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On November 3 the nation will know the fate of the more than 6,000 registered same-sex domestic partnerships in Washington State. Registered voters will have had the chance to vote to approve or reject Referendum 71. Beginning in mid-October, Washingtonians were asked whether or not they want to keep the domestic partnership law, which
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Obama signs historic Hate Crimes Prevention Act
by Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

Saying 'no one in America should ever be afraid to walk down the street holding the hands of the person they love,' President Obama on Wednesday announced his signing of the long-sought federal hate crimes prevention law. The legislation, formally known as the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr.
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New polling: R-71 pulling ahead - Constantine, Mallahan, No on I-1033 also leading
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Three polls released in the past week give supporters of Washington State's new domestic partnership law reason for cautious optimism.

Survey USA, the Washington Poll, and a Washington Families Standing Together poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner all agree that Washington v
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My sister's wedding
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

It's sometimes tough to measure progress, personal or political. Our lives are lived slowly, day by day, and so change can seem incremental. Or impossible.

But a lot of difference can be made in a decade.

About 10 years ago, I went to my dad's second wedd
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Local high school GSA sees increase in membership
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Sarah Brandenstein is no stranger to the workings of how to effectively organize for LGBT rights, education and community on a high school campus. From coming out as a freshman to being approached by the seniors for help in starting her high school's GSA back when she was a sophomore,
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General Gayety: The senator makes the grade
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer

People in the public eye who utter inanities about Gays keep me busy. I regularly poke into the verbal and written slams offered up by folks all around the world, from Oklahoma state legislator Sally Kern (Homosexuality is 'the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terro
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R-71 opponents must follow state law, judge says
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Federal Judge Ronald D. Leighton ruled on Tuesday, October 27, that anti-Gay opponents of Referendum 71 can not set aside the state's campaign finance regulations.

The Family Policy Institute of Washington (FPIW) and their newly created Family PAC had filed an emergency motion
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Army secretary says Army ready to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Secretary of the Army, John McHugh, said the Army is prepared to lift the ban on openly Gay service if President Obama and Congress decide to end the policy known as, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' (DADT).

McHugh, a former Republican Congressman from New York, is the highest offic
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Todd Albert Alley, 1968 - 2009
Todd, who passed away suddenly on October 18, is and will be deeply missed by family, friends and co-workers. A resident of Burien, Todd worked at Basic Plumbing in facilities.

Todd was very intelligent, and exuded a joy for life. He was a loyal friend, a hard worker and a clever wit. Todd enjoyed challenging conversations and r
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US Justice Dept will act on anti-Gay bias, official says
by Mike Andrew- SGN Staff Writer

Assistant US Attorney General Tom Perez said on Wednesday, October 14, that the US Justice Department would act against anti-Gay discrimination.

Perez heads the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division, the agency charged with investigating and prosecuting discrimination and h
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Another Kind of AIDS Crisis
A striking number of HIV patients are living longer but getting older faster-showing early signs of dementia and bone weakness usually seen in the elderly.

By David France
New York Magazine
Nov 1, 2009

When David Simpson was working at Mount Sinai Medical Center as a young neurologist in 1984, the
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Six Tests for Equality and Fairness
Editorial
New York Times
November 1, 2009

Political battles this fall in six different parts of the country could have a profound impact on whether the United States will extend the promise of equal rights to those who are not allowed to marry simply because they are the same sex as their partner.

Three
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Maine voters 'veto' gay marriage law that was passed by Legislature and signed by governor
by Rex Wockner

PORTLAND, Maine -- Gays lost marriage in Maine on Nov. 3. A "people's veto" at the ballot box wiped out the law passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. It had not taken effect, pending the outcome of the vote.

With 87 percent of precincts reporting, voters took marriage away from gays by a
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International News
International News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Irish hurler comes out
Irish hurling star goalkeeper Donal Óg Cusack, 32, has come out as Gay in a new autobiography, becoming the first Gaelic Athletic Association player to do so.

"I get more out of men," he wrote. "I just do. Always have. I know I am different but just in this way. Whatever you
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Northwest News
Northwest News
OCTOBER IS GLBT HISTORY MONTH
Equality Forum has launched the GLBT History Month 2009 website, www.glbtHistoryMonth.com. Throughout the month of October, a GLBT icon will be posted daily, with a video, biography, bibliography, downloadable images and other resources - all provided for FREE. The icons with resources for 2006, 2007 and 2008 are archived on the site. www
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National News
National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

Mainers split on November 3 marriage vote
Maine voters are split 48 percent to 48 percent on Question 1, the measure on the November 3 ballot that would use the state's 'people's veto' to stop the new law that legalized same-sex marriage from taking effect.

The remainder of those questioned in a
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Groups push for '.gay' internet suffix
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Two for-profit groups say there could soon be a '.gay' internet suffix. The Dot Gay Alliance (dotgay.org), a New York City-based company, and Dotgay (dotgay.com) out of Latvia, are pushing for the internet suffix to become a reality.

In other words, there could be a Capitolhill.g
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Kent man sentenced for homosexual immigration fraud
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Steven Mahoney, a man accused of advising straight immigrants to claim homosexuality when they applied for asylum, was sentenced to 18 months in prison last week. Mahoney's ex-wife Helena received a six-month prison sentence for her role in the fraud case. Both are naturalized U.S. citizens fro
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Navy chief petty officer to face punishment in hazing
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The former leader of a bomb-sniffing dog unit in Bahrain, Chief Petty Officer Michael Toussaint, has been removed from his current position and forced to retire after the Navy reviewed allegations of sexual harassment against a Gay sailor.

Additionally, the Navy announced Tou
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Obama ends last vestige of HIV travel ban
By Lisa Keen - Keen News Service

Friday, Oct. 30--President Obama announced today that his administration will end the long-standing policy at Health and Human Services that banned immigration by people with HIV infection. He announced the policy change during a ceremony at the White House where he signed a bill to reauthoriz
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BREAKING STORIES!
Another Kind of AIDS Crisis Six Tests for Equality and Fairness Maine voters 'veto' gay marriage law that was passed by Legislature and signed by governor
Voters affirming domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian families
Wisconsin Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge To Domestic Partnership Registry Response from Olson/Boies federal marriage case
Marriage vote coming in New York State

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