Wash. state bar association supports same-sex marriages

Seattle Times
September 28, 2008
The Wash. State Bar Association's Board of Governors voted unanimously last week to support marriage for gay couples, but has no plans to introduce marriage equality legislation. Stanley A. Bastian of Wenatchee, immediate past president of the bar association and the board's presiding officer, said in a statement released by the group, "Having one set of rules that apply to all couples engaged in recognized relationships would provide clarity and help ensure equitable treatment for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation." [Link]

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Dino Rossi, WA GOP candidate says he’d veto a marriage equality bill if elected governor

SeaQwa.com
September 23, 2008
In an interview with the Seattle Times last week, the Republican candidate for governor said he would veto a bill authorizing marriage equality in the state. (Link)

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Couple go for better or worse, again

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
July 4, 2008
Washington couple explains why marriage is important to them. (Link)

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Hospital Sued After Dying Lesbian’s Partner Denied Access To Her

365Gay.com
June 24, 2008
A lawsuit will be filed in Miami Wednesday against a hospital that refused to allow the partner of a dying lesbian to see because they were not considered family. (Link)

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When Father’s Day is a double celebration

MSNBC
June 13, 2008
Dads Devin and Geoffrey discuss the ordinariness of their family life with their three adopted children, but they note their desire for marriage equality so they can access the dignity and respect, protections and responsibilities of marriage.
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Washington’s domestic partners get more rights this week

Seattle Times
June 9, 2008
"It's an exciting step forward," said Josh Friedes, advocacy director of the gay-rights group Equal Rights Washington. "This new law provides a significant basket of new rights, nevertheless, the safety net for our families remain inadequate." [Link]

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Expanded partnership rights headed for governor’s desk

Associated Press
March 5, 2008
The Legislature passed a measure Tuesday to expand the state’s domestic partnership law, granting same-sex couples more than 170 of the benefits and responsibilities given to married couples, including property and guardianship rights. The Senate gave final approval on a 29-20 vote after minimal debate. The bill now goes to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it. [link]

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Gay couples win new rights in bill

Seattle Post Intelligencer
March 4, 2008
Gay and lesbian couples were brought one step closer to marriage equality Tuesday when the Legislature voted to extend 170 new rights to them, adding to groundwork begun last year with the passage of domestic partnership rights. [link]

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WA State House Passes DP Bill

Advocate
February 15, 2008
"It is indeed symbolic that this vote comes as the 11th annual National Freedom to Marry Week comes to a close," Equal Rights Washington's Connie Watts said in a statement. "Equal Rights Washington and the prime sponsors of the Domestic Partnership Expansion Bill have been clear and unequivocal in stating that we are seeking full marriage equality for families formed by gay and lesbian couples." [link]

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For My Wife

The Advocate
January 23, 2008
When a flash flood killed the renowned audiobook narrator Kate Fleming, her partner, Charlene Strong, endured firsthand the cruel consequences of having been unable to marry and secure legal protections. Now she is making a documentary to tell their story and change the law--in memory of the woman who was her wife in every way but legally. [link]

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