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Gay Texas Judge Refuses To Wed Straight Couples

By Brock Keeling on SFist

A Texas judge made her staunch stance on gay marriage publicly known on Tuesday, and her position might surprise you. Judge Tonya Parker of Dallas County made the bold decision to no longer marry couples until same-sex marriage is legal. “I do not perform them because it is not an equal application of the law. Period,” she explained at a monthly meeting for the Stonewall […]

Gov. Gregoire signs Washington’s gay marriage into law

Washington governor Chris Gregoire, left, and congressman Jamie Pedersen celebrate the bill's passing last week. Elaine Thompson / AP

Today our neighbors to the north made gay marriage officially legal when Governor Christine Gregoire signed the landmark legislation into law amidst the cheers of gay couples and supporters making it the seventh state (as well as the District of Columbia) to allow same-sex marriage.

“My friends, welcome to the […]

Washington state passes House marriage equality bill, queers poised to tie the knot

After Washington state passed a bill through the Senate last week we knew that the road to gay marriage in our neighbor to the north was only a matter of time. Today we are one step closer, that is, pretty much there, with the House passing the HB 2516 by 55-43. All that’s left now is for Gov. Gregoire to sign, seal and deliver it, which she is expected to […]

Basic Rights Oregon responds to today’s Prop. 8 decision

Following a decision from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that California’s Prop 8 is unconstitutional, Basic Rights Oregon Executive Director Jeana Frazzini released the following statement today:

“Today’s ruling is a victory for all loving and committed same-sex couples in California and across the nation,” “We applaud the 9th Circuit for standing on the right side of history. Today’s ruling, if upheld will restore the freedom to marry in […]

We’re one step closer to getting gay married in Washington

Yesterday’s vote in the Washington state Senate was the first big push to get the same-sex marriage ball rolling in the state. Now the Washington state House has to pass the bill, and the governor has to sign it. The bill is expected to pass as early as next week, according to the Seattle Times.

The state Senate was seen as the biggest hurdle the bill’s passage. The House apparently […]

More businesses sign onto Washington marriage equality pledge, including Starbucks, Microsoft

Big business has been getting some press for their support of Washington’s newly introduced gay marriage bills, which are now expected to pass both the Senate and the House. Last Thursday six prominent companies, including Microsoft and Nike signed a letter of support for SB 6239 and HB 2516. Today Starbucks joined the growing list of corporations in support of Washington state marriage equality saying,

Starbucks is proud to join […]

Washington marriage equality bill poised to pass

Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen secures the last vote needed

Earlier this month Governor of our close neighbor Christine Gregoire announced her support for marriage equality in Washington state.

The House already had enough necessary votes to pass a bill and, as of today, so does the Senate. Following a two hour legislative hearing in Olympia today Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island has said she will support the bill […]

Continuing the conversation about marriage equality

The marriage equality campaign currently underway here in Oregon has a limited amount of time to reach and persuade voters who are still on the fence in order to gain the support needed to move forward to the ballot.

This video shows real Oregonians talking about why marriage matters — watch it and spread the word by sharing it through your social networks!

The most important way to help […]