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Standing his ground
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Thank you, Mr. President!
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SGN exclusive interview: The Rev. Harriett Walden
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Bill and Melinda Gates donate $500,000 to R-74
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Washington-area NAACP endorses marriage equality
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Our flag at the Market
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Democracy is for all
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Keeping the faith
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WA marriage foes lose another round
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Trans woman to head OutServe-SLDN
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Ask Michael: How marriage equality benefits us all
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'We're not sick!'
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Arlen Specter's LGBT legacy
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Some Maryland ballots missing marriage question
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Gallup says 3.4% of Americans identify as LGBT
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Jesse's Journal: The disco era, deglamorized
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Three Years Later, Maine Gay Marriage Campaigns Change Strategies
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Standing his ground
A tale of everyday heroism in Seattle's Central District

by Tim Moffett - Special to the SGN

Josh Hall, 33, was walking his dog near Pratt Park around 10:30 a.m. on October 18, when he noticed a small rally in opposition to Referendum 74 was going on in the park. Recalling that he was 'shocked and upset that this kind of thing was happening i
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Thank you, Mr. President!
Obama officially endorses Approve Referendum 74

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Washingtonians got big news October 25 when President Barack Obama officially endorsed Referendum 74, which would affirm marriage equality in the Evergreen State.

According to Paul Bell, press secret
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SGN exclusive interview: The Rev. Harriett Walden
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Harriett Walden is interim pastor of Sojourner Truth Unity Fellowship Church in Seattle, and a co-founder of Mothers for Police Accountability, a group that has challenged Seattle police procedures for more than 20 years. She is also a supporter of equal marriage rights for Gay and Lesbian co
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Bill and Melinda Gates donate $500,000 to R-74
Michael Bloomberg pledges $250,000 in matching funds to Approve R-74 vote

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington United for Marriage and the Approve Referendum 74 campaign found new reasons to celebrate this past week, when they received a large new donation from Microsoft mogul Bill Gates and his more
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Washington-area NAACP endorses marriage equality
Venerable civil rights group urges voters to Approve R-74

The Area Conference of the NAACP, which includes Washington state, has endorsed a vote of Approve on Referendum 74, which affirms the state's bipartisan law allowing same-sex couples to marry.

'We are honored to have the endorsement of the NAACP, wh
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Our flag at the Market
Doughnut vendor ruffles feathers displaying pride banner

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

For 23 years, Barbara Elza has been serving up warm donuts at Seattle's biggest, busiest tourist spot, Pike Place Market. Her business, the Daily Dozen Donut Company, caters to locals and visitors alike, as well to a
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Democracy is for all
Access Washington helps ensure that citizens with disabilities can vote

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On October 17, Steven Gilbert, a writer for the Washington Secretary of State's Office blog, 'From Our Corner,' announced the state's new voter accessibility project.

'The Sec
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Keeping the faith
Meet some Seattle-area religious leaders who support Approve R-74

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Although many opponents of marriage equality claim to be motivated by religious faith, the Approve R-74 campaign has built an impressive coalition of pro-equality religious leaders. While all say they are
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WA marriage foes lose another round
R-71 petitioners' names must remain public, court says

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed yet another attempt to shield the names of people who signed Referendum 71 petitions. In a decision announced October 23, the court said that since the petitions were a
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Trans woman to head OutServe-SLDN
Allyson Robinson chosen as executive director of combined group

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On October 25, Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN) and OutServe, the association of actively serving LGBT military personnel, announced the selection of Army veteran Allyson Robinson to lead t
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Ask Michael: How marriage equality benefits us all
by Michael Raitt - SGN Contributing Writer

Culturally it is a historic time for the residents of Washington. Families and communities here, and around the country, are talking about the implications of legally recognizing same-sex marriage. Here are my thoughts, from personal and psychological perspectives, supporting Gay me
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'We're not sick!'
40,000 demand World Health Organization stop labeling Trans people mentally ill

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Jenna Talackova, the Canadian beauty queen who rose to fame earlier this year after being expelled from Donald Trump's Miss Universe Canada Pageant for having undergone Transgender medic
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Arlen Specter's LGBT legacy
A hidden history of the late Pennsylvania senator

by Mark Segal - Special to the SGN

Let me tell you how I met Arlen Specter, who died October 14 at age 82.

Back in the early days of the battle for Gay rights, Arlen was district attorney of Philadelphia. He had not taken a stand on the G
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Some Maryland ballots missing marriage question
What to do if you receive a defective Washington ballot

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Some absentee ballots being distributed in Maryland are missing the page with the state's marriage equality initiative, a Washington, D.C., TV station has learned.

'Maryland State Board of Elections D
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Gallup says 3.4% of Americans identify as LGBT
(So where are the rest of us?)

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new Gallup survey released October 18 reports that 3.4% of Americans identify as LGBT. According to the pollsters, this was 'the largest single study of the American LGBT population on record.'

Gallup conducted 121,290 ph
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Jesse's Journal: The disco era, deglamorized
A conversation with Jack Ricardo

by Jesse Monteagudo- SGN Contributing Writer

I first met Jack Ricardo back in 1993 when the two of us were writing for The Community Voice, a short-lived LGBT monthly out of Palm Beach County, Florida. Ricardo was in his literary heyday then, with two Gay mystery novel
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Three Years Later, Maine Gay Marriage Campaigns Change Strategies
Samantha Fields

It's been three years since voters repealed Maine's same-sex marriage law. The vote was close. And in 11 days, Mainers will once again weigh in on whether to legalize gay marriage. Samantha Fields looks at how the campaigns - and the ads - have changed since 2009.

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