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Gay marriage

Washington florist to testify before Indiana Legislature

RICHLAND — A Washington florist who refused to provide flowers to a gay wedding is set to testify before an Indiana legislative committee.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest


Panel recommends removal of controversial judge

SALEM, Ore. — A state judicial fitness panel has recommended the removal of a Marion County judge who came under scrutiny last year for refusing to perform same-sex marriages based on his religious beliefs.

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest


Oregon bakery owners pay damages in gay wedding cake case

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon bakery owners who denied service to a same-sex couple have paid more than $135,000 in state-ordered damages — after refusing to do so for nearly six months.

Date: 12/28/2015 | Northwest


Hearings for controversial Oregon judge expose disciplinary system

PORTLAND, Ore. — As public disciplinary hearings for an Oregon judge who refused to perform same-sex marriages begin, the public is able to get a rare glimpse of the state’s judicial disciplinary system.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest


Oregon judge goes before disciplinary commission

PORTLAND, Ore. — A disciplinary hearing began Monday for an Oregon judge who is accused of a variety of ethics violations that include screening marriage applicants to exclude same-sex couples.

Date: 11/10/2015 | Northwest


Key U.S. races, issues: Pot loses in Ohio

In most states, the big elections will come next year. But on Tuesday, voters in a few states elected governors and legislators, some cities selected mayors, and a variety of major issues were settled at the ballot box.The elections were expected to be low-turnout affairs,...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Nation & World


Bishops call for a more welcoming Catholic church

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops called Saturday for a more welcoming church for cohabitating couples and Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried, endorsing Pope Francis' call for a more merciful and less judgmental church.Bishops from around the world adopted...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World


Bakery owners in Oregon refuse to pay damages in gay wedding cake case

PORTLAND, Ore. — The owners of a Portland-area bakery are refusing to pay $135,000 in state-ordered damages to a same-sex couple who were refused service.

Date: 09/30/2015 | Northwest


Pope Francis outlines his issues

WASHINGTON — Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation's capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff signaled he would not sidestep issues that have...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Nation & World


Kentucky county clerk says she won’t interfere with gay-marriage licenses

A Kentucky county clerk announced Monday that she would not interfere with her office granting marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ending, for now, a confrontation that put her behind bars for five days for defying a federal judge.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Nation & World


Clerk in gay-marriage fight back to work Friday or Monday

MOREHEAD, Ky. — After a five-day stint in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will return to work as soon as Friday to face another day of reckoning.

Date: 09/09/2015 | Nation & World


Oregon judge refusing to perform same-sex weddings investigated

SALEM, Ore. — An Oregon judge under an ethics investigation after refusing to perform same-sex weddings has been accused of several allegations, including hanging a picture of Adolf Hitler in the courthouse.

Date: 09/08/2015 | Northwest


Kim Davis’ GOP supporters advocate lawlessness

What Kim Davis did was troubling. What Ted Cruz did was downright alarming.Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, refused to issue marriage certificates to gay couples. She said she was operating "under God's authority," but she now sits in jail for ignoring federal...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Oregon judge refuses to perform same-sex marriages

SALEM, Ore. — Marion County Judge Vance Day is being investigated by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds, a spokesman for the judge said.

Date: 09/05/2015 | Northwest


Kentucky clerks to license marriages as their boss is jailed

ASHLAND, Ky. — A defiant county clerk went to jail Thursday for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, but five of her deputies agreed to issue the licenses themselves, potentially ending the church-state standoff in Rowan County, Kentucky.

Date: 09/03/2015 | Nation & World


No option to reject one’s duty

"I would prefer not to."Kim Davis, echoing Herman Melville's, "Bartleby, the Scrivener," is the

Date: 09/03/2015 | Editorials


Supreme Court rules against Kentucky clerk in gay marriage case

MOREHEAD, Ky. — The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and the clerk will arrive at work Tuesday morning to face her moment of truth.

Date: 08/31/2015 | Nation & World


Switch to civil unions would resolve debate

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must recognize same-sex marriages, dissenting Chief Justice John Roberts wondered whether polygamy will be next. Some legal scholars have responded that yes, the arguments for gay marriage could apply to relationships among more than two...

Date: 07/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Will polygamy be next in marriage debate?

The Supreme Court’s ruling last month in favor of same-sex marriage has renewed debate over polygamy and whether marriage should be restricted to relationships between two people.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World


Trump knows what GOP wants to hear

It has been amusing to watch the brands — the PGA, NBC, Macy's, NASCAR, Univision, Serta — flee Donald Trump after his xenophobic remarks. Who even knew the Donald had a line of mattresses featuring Cool Action Dual Effects Gel Memory Foam?But there is one entity...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Justices' dissents wrong on marriage, Constitution

Whatever else they may be, in their marriage-equality dissents the conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court are neither impartial nor innocent callers of balls and strikes, as Chief Justice Roberts famously feigned at his confirmation hearing. It doesn't take much understanding of the...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Opinion Columnists


With marriage and liberty for all

Viewpoints: Does court's ruling threaten religious liberty?

Date: 07/05/2015 | Commentary


Upholding the law a duty, not an option

Last Friday's Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges raised some new legal questions, but it answered one resoundingly: States must license and recognize same-sex marriages. Strange, then, that some are still trying to keep courthouse doors closed to gay and lesbian couples:...

Date: 07/03/2015 | Commentary


Resisting court ruling will only lead to regret

After the Supreme Court's historic 1954 ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, Southern politicians adopted a strategy that became known as "massive resistance." It doomed the South to a losing battle not just against the court, but a majority of Americans.Some...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists


A powerful message

Deep gratitude expressed for same-sex decision

Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News


Emotions mixed after gay marriage ruling

SAN FRANCISCO — This city changed America. When then-Mayor Gavin Newsom opened City Hall to same-sex marriages during the 2004 Winter of Love, he had determined to "put a human face on discrimination." The long line of couples eager to tie the knot appealed to the...

Date: 07/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Liias says Supreme Court decision makes promise of America real

After the U.S. Supreme Court said Friday that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, Democratic 21st District State Sen. Marko Liias said that the decision enhances the promise of America for gay and lesbian families.

Date: 06/29/2015 | South County Politics


Celebrate right for all to wed

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday ended, in one sense, same-sex marriage.Now, in every state in the union, we can use just one word: marriage, without need of any qualifier.

Date: 06/28/2015 | Editorials


Republican White House hopefuls deride gay marriage ruling

DENVER — Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told conservatives Saturday that the Supreme Court tried to “unwrite the laws of nature and the laws of nature’s God” when it legalized gay marriage across the nation.

Date: 06/27/2015 | Nation & World


Seattle gets rainbow crosswalks for Pride Week

SEATTLE — Seattle has new rainbow-colored crosswalks for Pride Week, and it plans to keep them for years.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Northwest


A right denied in 1 state is injustice

All loving couples deserve equal rights under the law, and the U.S. Supreme Court has an important opportunity to help make that a reality.Two years ago, the Supreme Court took a step toward marriage equality when it declared Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Commentary


Gay marriage in Ireland wins in landslide

DUBLIN — Ireland’s citizens have voted in a landslide to legalize gay marriage, electoral officials announced Saturday — a stunningly lopsided result that illustrates what Catholic leaders and rights activists alike called a “social revolution.”

Date: 05/23/2015 | Nation & World


Voters in Ireland approve gay marriage

DUBLIN — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world's first national vote on the issue.

Date: 05/23/2015 | Nation & World


Judging by anti-gay venom, the battle’s won

By Dana MilbankThe biblical-marriage demonstrators were outnumbered 5-to-1 or more outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, but they were not lacking in vitriol or vulgarity.

Date: 04/30/2015 | Opinion


GOP hopefuls twist logic over gay marriage

No one can be certain which way the Supreme Court will rule on gay marriage, but the direction of history's arrow is plain for all to see — except, apparently, the Republican candidates for president.Actually, the very fact that the court is hearing arguments on the...

Date: 04/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Tuesday’s the day: Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Tuesday is a potential watershed moment for America’s gay and lesbian couples. After rapid changes that have made same-sex marriage legal in all but 14 states, the Supreme Court will hear arguments over whether it should be the law of the land.

Date: 04/27/2015 | Nation & World


Six in 10 Americans support same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON — A record-high 6 in 10 Americans support same-sex marriage and a similar share say individual states should not be allowed to define marriage as only between a man and a woman, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.The national debate on same-sex...

Date: 04/23/2015 | Nation & World


Speculation’s all that’s left for same-sex marriage foes

As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.They're saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will...

Date: 04/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Since when is selling cake a religious act?

This is a tough one. My first reaction, when our neighbor-state baker refused to serve a gay couple, was that she ought to have the right to decide who takes her cake. There's a funambulist in me that still wonders. But the crudely hatched, later revised Indiana law has...

Date: 04/15/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Corporations’ words and cash clash in Indiana

Last week, corporate America appeared to take a rare stand on principle. After Indiana's Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a law permitting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, various companies expressed outrage and tried to position themselves as bold defenders of social...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Opinion Columnists


4 West Coast mayors lift city-funded travel ban to Indiana

SEATTLE — The mayors of four West Coast cities say they’re lifting bans imposed on city-funded travel to Indiana after changes were made to that state’s religious objections law to make clear it can’t be used to discriminate.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Northwest


Handful of holdout tribes dig in against gay marriage

Even if a U.S. Supreme Court ruling this spring makes same-sex marriage the law, it would leave pockets of the country where it isn’t likely to be recognized any time soon: the reservations of a handful of sovereign Native American tribes, including the nation’s two largest.

Date: 04/07/2015 | Nation & World


Narrowing the gap between left and right

A law in Indiana and a bill in Arkansas making life harder for their gay neighbors have lost their wheels in a surprising smashup. Business interests, usually associated with the conservative cause, lowered the boom on "religious freedom" legislation supported by social...

Date: 04/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists


$85K raised for Washington florist who refused gay couple

RICHLAND — A florist in eastern Washington state fined $1,000 for refusing to sell a same-sex couple wedding flowers and also facing a consumer-protection lawsuit has netted more than $85,000 in a crowdfunding campaign.

Date: 04/05/2015 | Northwest


Our response when rights clash

It's worth noting that the authors of the U.S. Constitution's Bill of Rights felt the subject of religious liberty important enough that they addressed it succinctly in the first 16 words of the First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Editorials


Gov. Inslee rescinds Indiana travel ban

OLYMPIA — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is rescinding a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after a law that critics said had the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs was amended.

Date: 04/03/2015 | Northwest


Indiana unveils changes to religion bill; Arkansas in flux

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers on Thursday announced changes they plan to make to the state’s new religious-objections law aimed at quelling widespread criticism from businesses and others who have called the proposal anti-gay.

Date: 04/02/2015 | Nation & World


Washington governor: No state-funded travel to Indiana

OLYMPIA — Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee says he is imposing an administration-wide ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after the passage of a new law that critics say has the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians and others based on religious beliefs.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Northwest


Portland mayor suspends city-funded travel to Indiana

PORTLAND, Ore. — Mayor Charlie Hales says Portland’s government is joining the reaction against an Indiana law aimed at preventing government from compelling people to do things they object to, such as catering gay weddings.

Date: 03/30/2015 | Northwest


Seattle mayor: No city-funded travel to Indiana

SEATTLE — Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says he will not allow work-related city-funded travel to Indiana after the passage of a new law that has the potential to discriminate against LGBT people and others based on religious beliefs.

Date: 03/28/2015 | Northwest


Judge fines Richland florist over same-sex wedding flowers

OLYMPIA — A Washington state florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex wedding was fined $1,000 Friday, plus $1 for court costs and fees.

Date: 03/27/2015 | Northwest


Most Americans support same-sex marriage

WASHINGTON — In the late 1980s, support for gay marriage was essentially unheard of in America. Just a quarter century later, it’s now favored by clear majority of Americans.

Date: 03/06/2015 | Nation & World


Alabama county halts all marriages after same-sex ruling

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The probate office in one of Alabama’s biggest counties said Wednesday that it will quit issuing marriage licenses to anyone after the Alabama Supreme Court ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is legal despite a federal court’s decision to the contrary.

Date: 03/04/2015 | Nation & World


Tri-Cities florist declines settlement offer in gay wedding case

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Tri-Cities florist has declined state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s offer to settle a discrimination case involving flowers for a gay wedding.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Northwest


Texas attorney general argues gay couple’s marriage is void

AUSTIN, Texas — As a newlywed lesbian couple in Texas celebrate defying a statewide ban on gay marriage, the state’s Republican attorney general is preparing to tell a court Friday why it should rule their nuptials invalid.

Date: 02/20/2015 | Nation & World


Bisexuals hopeful as one of their own becomes a governor

NEW YORK — “LGBT” has become a household term amid sweeping advances for gay rights, and yet the “B” sometimes seems like an awkward fit. The sudden advent of America’s first openly bisexual governor may provide a chance to ease the awkwardness and broaden understanding of the bi community.

Date: 02/14/2015 | Northwest




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