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Gregoire to make same-sex marriage announcement Wednesday

Gov. Chris Gregoire is due to address, and presumably join, gay marriage supporters in the morning.

Her office says the topic of her speech to advocates will be marriage equality, as supporters of marriage rights for same-sex couples call it. Given the audience and phrasing, it’s not hard to guess her position — even though in the past she has declined to weigh in on the issue, while backing equal benefits for gay and straight couples.

Sen. Ed Murray and other state lawmakers, including Tacoma’s Rep. Laurie Jinkins, have been gearing up for a big push for same-sex marriage in

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UPDATE – Emergency motion filed to seal R-71 names

Washington state elections officials have halted the release of names of voters that signed the Referendum 71 petitions on domestic partnership rights in 2009. The move came after lawyers for Protect Marriage Washington filed an emergency motion Thursday in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to challenge the judge’s order on Monday that released the signatures.