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OLYMPIA BLOODBATH - Gregoire and the 2010 budget
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Open Lesbian Bishop elected in Los Angeles
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Joe McDermott to King County Council? - Would be first openly Gay Council member
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N.J. Senate same-sex marriage vote delayed
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Tour de Life: A Mother's Plea
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Lesbian leading race for Houston Mayor
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LGBT organizations call for ENDA passage now
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Cologne gets ready for Gay Games VIII
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Courage Campaign rejects 2010 effort to repeal Prop 8
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Coach Jim Harbaugh: I did not say 'faggot'
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Florida McDonald's refuses to hire Transgender woman
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Curlers hope condom sales get attention
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Capitol Hill Holiday Hoopla gets 'five stars!'
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Snohomish and Thurston County hold Ref. 71 celebrations
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General Gayety: The rainbow and the TV icons
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N.J. Senate same-sex marriage vote delayed
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BREAKING NEWS
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California Companies Fight Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide
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Anti-gay bigots plunge Africa into new era of hate crimes
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Houston biggest US city elects openly gay mayor
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Gay Marriage Debate Ends Up on State Senator's Doorstep
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Protestors accuse church and state of muffling their message
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Rwanda To Vote on Criminalizing Homosexuality Wednesday
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LGBT Discrimination, Relationships Fresno Hospital Takes Steps to End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples
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Senate committee passes Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act
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Ellen - My Thoughts on Freedom
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The European Parliament firmly denounces Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill
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Archbishop of Canterbury condemns proposed Ugandan anti Homosexuality Bill
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Church of Scotland denounces Ugandan 'kill the gays' bill
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James makes no apologies for 'homo' question about Leake's dead son
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Fenty to sign same-sex marriage bill at church in NW D.C.
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Anti-gay bigots plunge Africa into new era of hate crimes
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OLYMPIA BLOODBATH - Gregoire and the 2010 budget
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

On December 9, Gov. Christine Gregoire announced a state budget for 2010 that would totally eliminate critical services for poor and disabled residents of the state.

At the same time, she said she had no intention of implementing all the cuts she was announcing.

Washington state faces a projected $2.6 bill
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Open Lesbian Bishop elected in Los Angeles
by James Whitely - SGN Contributing Writer

The Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elected a Lesbian to an assistant bishop position on December 5. The Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool, canon to the bishops of the Baltimore Diocese of Maryland, was elected to the office of bishop suffragan, where she will be assisting Bishop Diocesan J. Jo
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Joe McDermott to King County Council? - Would be first openly Gay Council member
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

When Dow Constantine was sworn in as King County Executive on November 24, he set off a swirl of behind-the-scenes politicking to succeed him on the County Council.

Openly Gay State Senator Joe McDermott (D-34) has already stated his intention to run for the Council seat in 2010. Mc
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N.J. Senate same-sex marriage vote delayed
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

New Jersey's crucial Senate vote on same-sex marriage, expected on December 10, was called off late Wednesday night as Democrats backing same-sex nuptials realized they were not sure they would get enough votes for the bill to pass.

The bill's sponsors, Sens. Raymond Lesniak (D more
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Tour de Life: A Mother's Plea
by Beau Burriola - SGN European Correspondent

Dear Readers,

This week I want to use my column to reprint a letter I was forwarded, written by the brave mother of a Gay 16-year-old in Shreveport, Louisiana, to a local PFLAG chapter. She was kind enough to give me permission to reprint the letter in its entirety. <
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Lesbian leading race for Houston Mayor
Target of anti-Gay mailer

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A Zogby poll conducted for the Houston Chronicle newspaper and released December 8 shows openly Lesbian mayoral candidate Annise Parker leading her opponent Gene Locke by 5.5 points.

The poll shows 41.9% of the respondents for Parker as oppo
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LGBT organizations call for ENDA passage now
Courtesy of Pride At Work AFL-CIO

Pride At Work AFL-CIO and 21 other LGBT organizations reacted to the postponement of a scheduled markup on ENDA in the House Education and Labor Committee with a joint statement calling on Congress to pass ENDA immediately.

The Employment Non Discrimination Act (ENDA) protects agains
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Cologne gets ready for Gay Games VIII
by Albert Rodriguez - SGN A&E Writer

Tucked into a small building on Rudolfplatz, a popular square in central Cologne where the illuminated signs of Gay sex-toy shops and Starbucks greet thousands of passers-by each day, you'll find the humble and well-kept offices of the Gay Games organizing committee. A large digital clock, tic
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Courage Campaign rejects 2010 effort to repeal Prop 8
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

The Courage Campaign, the second-biggest player for the Gay side in California's continuing war over same-sex marriage, said November 30 that it was pulling out of the campaign to put an initiative before voters in 2010 to repeal Proposition 8.

Passed by voters in 2008, Prop
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Coach Jim Harbaugh: I did not say 'faggot'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Stanford Cardinal Football Coach Jim Harbaugh denies he used the word 'faggot' while yelling at officials during the November 28 Notre Dame-Stanford game. In a statement to Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), one of the nation's leading LGBT advocacy organizations, Harbaugh sai
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Florida McDonald's refuses to hire Transgender woman
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) filed a complaint on December 7 with the Florida Commission on Human Relations against an Orlando, Florida McDonald's for refusing to hire a Transgender woman, 17-year-old Zikerria Bellamy.

On July 10, Bellamy applied online
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Curlers hope condom sales get attention
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

The United States Curling Association (USA Curling) and longtime sponsor Kodiak Technology Group (KTG) have teamed up to sell Hurry Hard Condoms, hoping the increased interest in Olympic sports before the Vancouver Games will help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. Proceeds will be split between
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Capitol Hill Holiday Hoopla gets 'five stars!'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

On December 8, CapitolHillSeattle.com (CHS) and Dibspace.com teamed with more than 50 Capitol Hill businesses, service providers and entrepreneurial types for the Capitol Hill Holiday Hoopla. The free party, held at Pravda Studios, was well attended by nearly 700 Seattleites looking to discover
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Snohomish and Thurston County hold Ref. 71 celebrations
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

Members of Snohomish County Gay Men's Task Force (GMTF) and others gathered at the Snohomish County Courthouse in Everett on December 3 to thank all Washington State voters who helped approve Referendum 71.

On November 3, Washington voters approved Referendum 71, upholding a st
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General Gayety: The rainbow and the TV icons
by Leslie Robinson - SGN Contributing Writer Meredith Baxter's announcement that she is a lesbian has put a - you should excuse the expression - kink in the long line of all-American TV moms.

It's not June Cleaver or Harriet Nelson who has come out, but as Elyse Keaton on Family Ties, Baxter was a loving mother and wife, a
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N.J. Senate same-sex marriage vote delayed
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

New Jersey's crucial Senate vote on same-sex marriage, expected on December 10, was called off late Wednesday night as Democrats backing same-sex nuptials realized they were not sure they would get enough votes for the bill to pass.

The bill's sponsors, Sens. Raymond Lesniak (D
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National News
by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer

ENDA delayed again, activists grumble
The Employment Non-Discrimination Act's journey through Congress has been delayed again, according to an Advocate.com report. The Advocate story was e-mailed to this reporter by the Human Rights Campaign in response to a request for an
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BREAKING NEWS!

California Companies Fight Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide
JESSE McKINLEY NY Times

SAN FRANCISCO - As the political battle over same-sex marriage plays out in state capitals across the country, several California companies have emerged as the go-to players for opponents of the marriages.

One of the companies, Mar/Com Services Inc., lists its business address here in San
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Anti-gay bigots plunge Africa into new era of hate crimes
guardian.co.uk The Observer

Uganda is likely to pass a law within months that will make homosexuality a capital offence, joining 37 other countries in the continent where American evangelical Christian groups are increasingly spreading bigotry

'Learned behaviour can be unlearned,' said David Bahati. '
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Houston biggest US city elects openly gay mayor
MONICA RHOR Associated Press

HOUSTON - Houston became the largest U.S. city to elect an openly gay mayor, with voters handing a solid victory to City Controller Annise Parker after a hotly contested runoff.

Several other U.S. cities, including Portland, Ore., Providence, R.I., and Cambridge, Mass., have openl
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Gay Marriage Debate Ends Up on State Senator's Doorstep
By GLENN ZIMMERMAN

Protesters hurled angry words at New York State Sen. Carl Kruger today for his decision to vote against gay marriage.

Gay rights activists called Kruger a "bigot" as they marched in front of his Mill Basin, Brooklyn home. Organizers said turnout for the rally was dampened by rain and cold
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Protestors accuse church and state of muffling their message
Kevin Killeen Reporting kakilleen@cbs.com

ST. LOUIS (KMOX Radio) - Supporters of gay marriage protesting outside the New Cathedral claim St. Louis police harrassed them, under the direction - they suspect - of the Archdiocese.

About 65 members of a groups Show Me No Hate and the Catholic Action Network lined th
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Rwanda To Vote on Criminalizing Homosexuality Wednesday
Jim Burroway

BTB has just learned that the Rwandan Parliament is scheduled to take up consideration of a change to Rwanda's penal code which would criminalize homosexuality with a punishment of five to ten years. It would also ban counselling and advocacy that could be interpreted as encouraging or sensitizing people to enter i
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LGBT Discrimination, Relationships Fresno Hospital Takes Steps to End Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples
Posted by Paul Cates, LGBT Project

Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, California, has agreed to make policy changes and conduct staff trainings to ensure that the rights of its LGBT patients and family members are properly respected. The changes are being made in response to a demand letter by American Civil Liberties Uni
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Senate committee passes Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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Ellen - My Thoughts on Freedom
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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The European Parliament firmly denounces Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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Archbishop of Canterbury condemns proposed Ugandan anti Homosexuality Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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Church of Scotland denounces Ugandan 'kill the gays' bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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James makes no apologies for 'homo' question about Leake's dead son
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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Fenty to sign same-sex marriage bill at church in NW D.C.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 - The Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee today passed the Domestic Partnership Benefits and Obligations Act. The Task Force Action Fund submitted testimony (http://www.thetaskforce.org/downloads/rel more
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by Rex Wockner - SGN Contributing Writer


'President Obama has said he is opposed to discriminatory ballot measures. It's time for him to do something to stop them. The president can do something today to prevent future ballot measures designed to take away LGBT rights by asking the federal court to rule that Proposition 8 and similar measures violate the 14th Amendment of the United State more
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