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Jan.
21st

Supreme Court justice will marry Rep. Laurie Jinkins & partner at Union Station

State Rep. Laurie Jinkins found a surprise in her Christmas stocking.

Rep. Laurie Jinkins introduces partner Laura Wulf and son Wulf Jinkins at an election night party.
News Tribune/Peter Haley

It was a new addition to her collection of stones, but this one was in the shape of a heart and said, “Marry Me.”

Jinkins, a Tacoma Democrat and Washington’s first openly lesbian lawmaker, helped push through last year’s law recognizing same-sex marriage, then campaigned to defend it on the ballot. And now that voters have signed off, she and her partner Laura Wulf will take advantage of

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Dec.
8th

UPDATE: Five gay and lesbian couples wed in midnight ceremonies

UPDATED 2:15 a.m. 12/9:

Five same-sex couples married at the Thurston County courthouse at the first possible chance for their vows to be recognized under voter-approved Referendum 74.

“It’s not about being first,” Carolyn Roos told the audience of about 35 friends who watched Roos and Jude Fritts seal their relationship of nearly five years by trading their domestic partnership for a marriage. “It’s about the moment.”

“We’re here at this moment to celebrate the people of Washington state, who voted to support our civil rights,” Roos said.

Roos, a mechanical engineer with the Washington State University extension energy program, and Fritts,

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Nov.
29th

Health Secretary Mary Selecky approves new marriage certificate after recognition of same-sex marriage

The Health Department originally contemplated changing the certificate to say “Spouse A” and “Spouse B” to reflect passage of Referendum 74, but chose to allow multiple options, according to its news release today:

Secretary of Health Mary Selecky approved the rules-change to add “spouse” to the existing language that includes “bride” and “groom.” Couples can check a box to choose the term they prefer. The original proposed change was to replace “bride” and “groom” with “spouse,” but many public comments suggested providing optional language, and Selecky agreed. More than 100 public comments were taken in writing and at a

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Nov.
20th

A look at same-sex marriage supporters’ strategy

Ads in support of Referendum 74 showcased people explaining how they had come to support same-sex marriage, and emphasized gay and lesbian couples’ desire for commitment. And one notable ad, which showed up late in the campaign to counter an opposition argument, suggested to viewers that children learn values at home, not at school.

Clearly all those lines of argument were part of a strategy honed by failures in other states, and a story on the website Buzzfeed today says they showed up in all four states where gay marriage was on the ballot — and where supporters

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Oct.
29th

Back to school for gay-marriage opponents

Opponents of same-sex marriage are almost at the end of their four-state campaign, and they’re using one of the same closing arguments in all the states that they did successfully in California in 2008: that gay marriage could be taught in school.

Preserve Marriage Washington launched its third television ad against Referendum 74 this morning highlighting books about different kinds of families that students read in some Massachusetts  classrooms. The footage is similar to ads showing up in Maine, Maryland and Minnesota, where gay marriage is also on the ballot and also drawing campaigning from the National Organization for Marriage.

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Oct.
25th

President Barack Obama endorses Washington’s R-74 to allow same-sex marriage

It’s no surprise, since Obama has already said gays and lesbians should have the right to marry, but now it’s official. The R-74 campaign released this today:

Statement by Paul Bell, Washington Press Secretary, Obama for America:

“While the president does not weigh in on every single ballot measure in every state, the president believes in treating everyone fairly and equally, with dignity and respect.  Washington’s same-sex marriage law would treat all Washington couples equally, and that is why the President supports a vote to approve Referendum 74.”

Oct.
24th

Political Smell Test: Evidence lacking for tie between marriage law, firing & lawsuit

THE CLAIMS: A TV commercial that opponents of Washington’s same-sex marriage referendum started airing Tuesday says, “Experience shows how Referendum 74 can harm people who oppose gay marriage.”

It then goes on to spotlight three people who say they have been harmed: Damian Goddard and Jim and Mary O’Reilly.

Jim O’Reilly says: “A lesbian couple sued us for not supporting their gay wedding because of our Christian beliefs. We had to pay $30,000 and can no longer host any weddings at our inn.”

Goddard says: “I was a national sportscaster in Canada. When

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