Drive to stop same sex partnership law is dividing conservatives

Los Angeles Times
June 8, 2009
Conservative groups in Washington State have begun collecting signatures for a ballot referendum to block a new state law that substantially expands rights for domestic partners. When it takes effect in July, the law will expand previous domestic partnership rights to include issues like adoption, child support, pensions and other public-employee benefits. The Rev. Joe Fuiten, founder of Positive Christian Agenda, recently circulated an e-mail asking Christian conservatives to consider the downside of picking this fight when polls show that most Washingtonians favor broad equal rights for domestic partners. [Link]

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Marriage Equality strategy raises issue of privacy in democratic process

The Seattle Times
June 7, 2009
Some members of the marriage equality movement are putting typically arcane, archived public documents about who signed a petition against the freedom to marry within reach of anyone with a computer. Evan Wolfson, executive director of the marriage equality group Freedom to Marry, said it's reasonable for gays to learn how members of their family and their neighbors, co-workers — even friends — stand on issues crucial to their lives. "There's nothing more threatening and intimidating than launching a ballot measure to take away protections from your neighbors," he said. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Gay Rights: Benefits for Federal Workers the Next Logical Step

The Seattle Times
May 26, 2009

The Seattle Times advocates for the extension of domestic partnership benefits to the partners of gay federal employees: "Americans are ready, or should be, for a fair-minded adjustment of federal policy." [Link]

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Referendum to overturn domestic partner law moving forward

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 19, 2009

On the same day Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a bill granting same sex domestic partners all the state protections of married couples, the attorney general released details of a referendum aimed at overturning the new law. (Link)

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Challenge to Domestic Partnership Expansion Filed

The Associated Press
May 4, 2009

Anti-gay activists filed a referendum Monday to overturn Washington State's expanded domestic partnership law. The effort requires collection of more than 120,500 valid signatures by July 25 to qualify for the November ballot, and delays implementation of the law. [Link]

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Wash. Leg OKs More Benefits for Same-Sex Couples

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
April 23, 2009

The Washington state Legislature passed a bill Thursday that would extend pension benefits to same-sex partners of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty. The legislation now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire. [Link]

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Washington Legislature Expands Gay Partnerships

Associated Press
April 15, 2009

The Washington state House voted 62-35 yesterday to pass state Senate-approved legislation that would offer domestic partners many, but not all, of the same legal protections as non-gay married couples. The bill goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who said she will sign it into law. [Link]

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Lawmakers announce ‘everything but marriage’ bill

The Seattle Times
January 28, 2009
The 110-page bill makes changes to all remaining areas of state law where currently only married couples are addressed. The bill would add same-sex domestic partners to state statutes ranging from labor and employment to pensions and other public employee benefits. [Link]

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Wedding March: Should Washington’s Gays Accept Civil Unions if Full Marriage Equality Fails?

The Stranger
January 19, 2006

What does the timetable set by the chief justice of Washington State's supreme court for a decision on marriage equality mean? As Evan Wolfson said in an interview with the reporter, "All of this is going to be a many-year struggle." Starting off by bargaining against ourselves, he says, "misunderstands how you end opposition. You don't end opposition by appeasing it, you end opposition by allowing fair-minded people to grow." [Link]

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One Minute for Marriage

Equal Rights Washington
November 19, 2008
Equal Rights Washington launches their video testimony project called One Minute for Marriage where people share their views on why marriage equality is important to them. (Link)
Learn more about what's going on in Washington.

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