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REFERENDUM 71 APPROVED: Washingtonians vote to keep equality a state value
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Setback in Maine: Voters repeal marriage equality
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Obama administration testifies in favor of ENDA
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Tour De Life: After the battle
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Sherry Wolf speaks on the National March
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Kiss-in provides visibility for new UW LGBT group
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Police seek car involved in fatal police shooting
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Bea Arthur's generosity lives on in $300,000 donation
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Electoral success in Houston, Detroit, Kalamazoo
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Gay girlfriend
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Halloween on the Hill
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Larry Johnson still in hot water over Gay slur
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First openly Gay U.S. attorney begins work in Washington
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AVER elects new national president
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Senator Murray's Statement on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
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Equality California petitions Obama
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BREAKING NEWS
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Finally, Bloomberg Pushes The Senate On Same-Sex Marriage
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Alabama School Bars Lesbian Student From Attending Prom With Her Girlfriend
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NY Senate will vote on gay marriage before end of year
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Mormon church supports Salt Lake City's protections for gay rights
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AMA votes to seek repeal of 'don't ask,don't tell'
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Prop 8 repeal petitions hit the streets next week
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D.C. marriage bill draws eyes across the region
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Alabama School Bars Lesbian Student From Attending Prom With Her Girlfriend
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REFERENDUM 71 APPROVED: Washingtonians vote to keep equality a state value
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

This week, Washington voters approved Referendum 71, upholding a state law that provides important legal protections and grants the same rights and responsibilities of marriage to same-sex and senior registered domestic partners as married couples.

On election night, Referendum 71 was touted as too close to call. As S
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Setback in Maine: Voters repeal marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

As Washington voters were approving Referendum 71 on Tuesday, voters in Maine were passing Question 1, which repealed that state's same-sex marriage law.

With almost all votes now counted, Question 1 has passed by a margin of 52.81% to 47.19%.

"Tonight, hundreds of
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Obama administration testifies in favor of ENDA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez testified in favor of ENDA before the US Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee on Thursday, November 5.

This was first hearing on S 1584, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, in the Senate this year, and the first S
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Tour De Life: After the battle
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

'It's time we return to more civil discourse in this country.'
-Larry Stickney, Reject 71 Campaign Manager (not even trying to be ironic)

Seriously, did Larry Stickney, manager for the campaign to rip rights away from Washington's Gay families, really jus more
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SGN Exclusive Interview: Sherry Wolf speaks on the National March
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Sherry Wolf, valued collaborator of Cleve Jones and one of the leading organizers and speakers of the National Equality March in Washington D.C., is coming to Seattle to continue her speaking tour for her recent book, Sexuality and Socialism, and to speak at the International Socialist Or
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Kiss-in provides visibility for new UW LGBT group
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

Newly formed University of Washington student group Students Organizing for LGBT Equality (SOLE) staged a kiss-in on November 4 at the University of Washington's Red Square. The event, which was a moderate success, served as a celebration of the early lead for the Approve R-71 Campaign
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Police seek car involved in fatal police shooting
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Seattle Police Department are looking for a vehicle that officers suspect may have been involved in the shooting death of field training officer Timothy Brenton and the wounding of student officer Britt Sweeney on October 31 in Seattle's Leschi neighborhood.

Detectives beli
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Bea Arthur's generosity lives on in $300,000 donation
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Former Golden Girls actress Bea Arthur included a $300,000 donation to New York's Ali Forney Center, an organization supporting homeless LGBT youth, in her will. Arthur died of natural causes in April.

Her act of generosity left the center's executive director, Carl Siciliano
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Electoral success in Houston, Detroit, Kalamazoo
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff writer

While the LGBT community cheered the apparent victory of Referendum 71 in Washington and mourned the passage of Question 1 in Maine, electoral results from other parts of the country offered additional cause for celebration.

In Houston, openly Lesbian City Controller Annise Par
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Gay girlfriend
by Jennifer Vanasco - SGN Contributing Writer

No one can tell my girlfriend is Gay.

An example: About two years ago, Jenny and a Gay male friend went to San Francisco in June. They were excited to celebrate Pride.

But first they were hungry, so they approached a short Gay guy wearing leather. <
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Halloween on the Hill
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

This year, our community's Halloween was one to remember. With parties almost everywhere, queens, freaks, and punks were wandering Broadway until the sun came up.

On Friday, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Abbey of St. Joan put on their annual Halloween party, "Sist
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Larry Johnson still in hot water over Gay slur
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On October 28, Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson, who made two Gay slurs within a 24-hour period directed at Chiefs coach, Todd Haley, was issued a one-game suspension - a decision Johnson's agent said he would appeal.

Peter Schaffer said the suspension and other
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First openly Gay U.S. attorney begins work in Washington
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Jenny Durkan, the new top federal prosecutor in Seattle, began work last month as the nation's first openly Gay U.S. attorney.

"I don't think I can fully appreciate how important it is to many people to have someone in a role like this who is Gay," said Durkan. "The more people
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AVER elects new national president
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

American Veterans For Equal Rights (AVER) elected Danny Ingram as the organization's national president on October 18 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As president, Ingram will lead the largest national veteran service organization dedicated to serving the needs of LGBT vets, as well as advocate
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Senator Murray's Statement on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act
(Washington, D.C.) - Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement at a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee hearing on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). ENDA prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Senator M more
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Equality California petitions Obama
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Equality California's Executive Director, Geoff Kors, is demanding that President Obama take action against anti-equality ballot measures. The organization has set up a petition to Obama on their website at www.eqca.org/enough.

"President Obama has said he is opposed to discrimin
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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!

Finally, Bloomberg Pushes The Senate On Same-Sex Marriage
By Elizabeth Benjamin

Mayor Bloomberg has added his voice to the gay marriage debate in the Senate, sending an eleventh-hour missive to all 62 members of the chamber that urges them to hold an up-or-down vote on the measure in the name of "democracy."

"The bill advances the fundamental democratic idea that g
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Alabama School Bars Lesbian Student From Attending Prom With Her Girlfriend
ACLU Calls School's Actions Unconstitutional

November 10, 2009

RUSSELLVILLE, AL - The American Civil Liberties Union today demanded that Franklin County School System officials reverse its decision that a lesbian student can't attend the school prom with her girlfriend. Cynthia Stewart, a junior at Tharptown
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NY Senate will vote on gay marriage before end of year
Gay City News
BY PAUL SCHINDLER
10 Nov 09

Senate Promises 09 Debate, Vote After frustrating day for marriage advocates, Paterson announces deal with legislative leaders

Flanked by four members of the State Senate Democratic majority and the leader of New York's LGBT lobby, Governor David A
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Mormon church supports Salt Lake City's protections for gay rights
By Scott Taylor
and Aaron Falk
Deseret News
Nov. 10, 2009

Salt Lake City has become the first Utah city to offer housing and employment protections for gays and lesbians - an action supported by the Mormon church.

The City Council, in a unanimous vote Tuesday, passed a pair of nondiscriminati
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AMA votes to seek repeal of 'don't ask,don't tell'
LINDSEY TANNER AP Medical Writer Nov 10

CHICAGO - The American Medical Association on Tuesday voted to oppose the military's 'don't ask, don't tell' policy, and declared that gay marriage bans contribute to health disparities.

The nation's largest doctors' group stopped short of saying it would seek to overturn marr
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Prop 8 repeal petitions hit the streets next week
Petitions to Repeal Prop 8 - Ready by Tues

We Need Your Help, Now.

Repeal Prop 8

The petitions to repeal Prop 8 will be ready by Tuesday, November 17. Join us for our weekly meeting and get started gathering signatures. We need you!

Get Started with Signature Gathering o
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D.C. marriage bill draws eyes across the region
Yamiche Alcindor
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 12, 2009

Angela B. Stepancic and Gabrielle J. Greene wear small, silver engagement rings that represent their love, loyalty and friendship. Last spring, the couple, who have been together for two years, decided to get married. They set a date, told
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer


"Twenty-two years ago, in a decision rooted in fear rather than fact, the United States instituted a travel ban on entry into the country for people living with HIV/AIDS. Now, we talk about reducing the stigma of this disease - yet we've treated a visitor living with it as a threat. We lead the world when it comes to helping stem the AIDS pandemi more
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