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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

Alabama issuing gay marriage licenses after bid to block fails

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday despite an 11th-hour attempt from the state’s chief justice— an outspoken opponent— to block the weddings.

Date: 02/09/2015 | Nation & World

Damages hearing set in Oregon same-sex wedding cake dispute

PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon case that put a wedding cake at the center of a clash between claims of civil rights and religious freedom is headed for a hearing in March.

Date: 02/02/2015 | Northwest

Mormon leaders call for measures protecting gay rights

SALT LAKE CITY — Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a “balanced approach” in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom.

Date: 01/27/2015 | Nation & World

South Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban ruled unconstitutional

A federal judge on Monday found South Dakota’s voter-approved same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, the latest in a string of marriage bans to fall nationwide.

Date: 01/12/2015 | Nation & World

Florida judge approves early start to gay weddings

MIAMI — A local judge provided a jump-start Monday to Florida's entry as the 36th state where gays and lesbians can legally marry, saying she saw no reason why same-sex couples couldn't immediately get their licenses in Miami-Dade County ahead of a midnight launch statewide.

Date: 01/05/2015 | Nation & World

Idaho must pay attorney fees in gay marriage case

BOISE, Idaho— Idaho must pay more than $400,000 to the team of lawyers who successfully fought to overturn the state’s ban on gay marriage, a federal judge ruled.

Date: 12/22/2014 | Northwest

Elton John, David Furnish marry in England

LONDON — Entertainer Elton John and longtime mate David Furnish officially married Sunday on the ninth anniversary of the day they entered into a civil partnership.The couple converted their civil bond under new laws implemented in England earlier this year that allow same-sex marriages.

Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World

Gay wedding florist case in Benton County court

PROSSER — Lawyers for Washington state and a same-sex couple have told a Benton County Superior Court judge that businesses in the state can’t discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. The case involves a Richland flower shop.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Northwest

High court allows gay marriages in Florida

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to commence in Florida, meaning such unions will soon be allowed in five of the nation’s six most populous states.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Nation & World

Gay wedding florist case in Kennewick court

KENNEWICK — There’s a pre-trial hearing Friday in the case of the Richland florist who is being sued for refusing to sell flowers last year for a same-sex wedding.

Date: 12/05/2014 | Northwest

Governor seeks to file more gay-marriage arguments in Idaho

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s governor wants to file additional arguments in his attempt to have 11 judges from a San Francisco-based appeals court review a smaller panel’s ruling that overturned the state’s gay marriage ban.

Date: 11/20/2014 | Northwest

1st same-sex marriage licenses issued in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, S.C. — A judge has issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina, ahead of a planned move by the state’s attorney general to block such unions.

Date: 11/19/2014 | Nation & World

Feds recognize same-sex marriage in 6 new states

WASHINGTON — The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, extending federal benefits to those couples.Attorney General Eric Holder says the states are: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming.Saturday's...

Date: 10/25/2014 | Nation & World

Alaska’s 1st known gay marriage takes place in Arctic town

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A remote outpost on Alaska’s Arctic Coast where people are used to doing their own thing has applied that independent streak to gay marriage.

Date: 10/14/2014 | Northwest

Some Mormons pushing church on gay marriage

SALT LAKE CITY — Court decisions this week paving the way for same-sex marriage to become legal in dozens of states, including Mormon strongholds like Utah, Idaho and Nevada, have emboldened a growing group of Latter-day Saints who are pushing the conservative church to become...

Date: 10/12/2014 | Nation & World

Federal judge strikes down Alaska’s marriage ban

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A federal judge on Sunday struck down Alaska’s first-in-the-nation ban on gay marriages, the latest court decision in a busy week for the issue across the country.

Date: 10/12/2014 | Northwest

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