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APPROVE REF. 71: THE FINAL PUSH
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Obama signs historic Hate Crimes Prevention Act
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New polling: R-71 pulling ahead - Constantine, Mallahan, No on I-1033 also leading
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My sister's wedding
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Local high school GSA sees increase in membership
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Groups push for '.gay' internet suffix
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Kent man sentenced for homosexual immigration fraud
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Navy chief petty officer to face punishment in hazing
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General Gayety: The senator makes the grade
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R-71 opponents must follow state law, judge says
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Army secretary says Army ready to repeal 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
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Todd Albert Alley, 1968 - 2009
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Obama ends last vestige of HIV travel ban
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BREAKING NEWS
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Another Kind of AIDS Crisis
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Six Tests for Equality and Fairness
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Maine voters 'veto' gay marriage law that was passed by Legislature and signed by governor
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Voters affirming domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian families
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Wisconsin Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge To Domestic Partnership Registry
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Response from Olson/Boies federal marriage case
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Marriage vote coming in New York State
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Six Tests for Equality and Fairness
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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 more
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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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BREAKING NEWS!

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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Voters affirming domestic partnerships for gay and lesbian families
Washington may be first state in nation to support domestic partnership by popular vote SEATTLE - Washington voters today appear to be approving Referendum 71, upholding a state law that provides important legal protections for gays and lesbians and seniors in registered domestic partnerships.

Nearly all of the state's voters
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Wisconsin Supreme Court Dismisses Challenge To Domestic Partnership Registry
Chris Hampton
ACLU

Committed Couples Can Continue To Enjoy Limited Protections Offered By Registry

MADISON, WI - The American Civil Liberties Union today applauded a decision by the Wisconsin Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge to the state's recently-enacted domestic partnership registry. The Co
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Response from Olson/Boies federal marriage case
Yusef Robb
equalrightsfoundation.org

REACTION TO MAINE SAME SEX MARRIAGE VOTE FROM FEDERAL COURT CHALLENGERS TO CALIFORNIA'S PROPOSITION 8

Statement from Chad Griffin, Board President of American Foundation for Equal Rights, which is Leading the Challenge to Prop. 8 Being Argued by Attorneys Theodore
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Marriage vote coming in New York State
Empire State Pride Agenda

Marriage Bill on Agenda Next Tuesday - Call Your Senator

Moments ago, we released the following statement:

"Marriage equality has been an issue Governor Paterson has long championed and we are thrilled he has called the State Senate b
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer


"I realized that I was, you know, over 60 years old, I grew up at a different time, and I was hung up about the word [marriage]. I had all these Gay friends, I had all these Gay couple friends, and I was hung up about it. And I decided I was wrong. That our society has an interest in coherence and strength and commitment and mutually reinforcing lo more
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