Referendum 74 http://kuow.org en Married At Last http://kuow.org/post/married-last <p></p><p>Wedding bells rang throughout Washington state Sunday as hundreds of same-sex couples said “I do.” December 9 was the first day gay couples could legally marry here, after voters upheld the state’s marriage equality law in the November election.</p><p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 03:10:27 +0000 Liz Jones 4840 at http://kuow.org Married At Last Quiet Scenes As Same-Sex Couples Obtain Marriage Licenses http://kuow.org/post/quiet-scenes-same-sex-couples-obtain-marriage-licenses <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/12/120612marriage_day_Mixdown.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. and KENNEWICK, Wash. – In Washington’s capital city, the county auditor was also prepared for a rush of marriage-license applicants. Instead, it felt like business as usual. Just one couple got showed up.<p>Deborah Dulaney and Diane McGee dressed warmly and brought an umbrella. They figured they’d be waiting out in the rain to get a wedding license on day one.<p>“Then we just walk right in," Diane says. "It was nice, but I’m kind of disappointed. Fri, 07 Dec 2012 17:00:22 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4753 at http://kuow.org Quiet Scenes As Same-Sex Couples Obtain Marriage Licenses Gay Marriage Now Legal In Washington http://kuow.org/post/gay-marriage-now-legal-washington <p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">Gay and lesbian couples across Washington woke up to a new reality today: Same-sex marriage is now legal in this state.&nbsp;Hundreds of couples lined up in downtown Seattle Wednesday night to be among the first to receive marriage licenses. </span><span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; line-height: normal;">The honor of “first couple” went to Jane Abbott Lightly and Pete-e Peterson, ages 77 and 85.</span></p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 16:18:52 +0000 Liz Jones 4680 at http://kuow.org Gay Marriage Now Legal In Washington After 8 Years, Spokane Pastor Will Perform Marriages, Gay And Straight http://kuow.org/post/after-8-years-spokane-pastor-will-perform-marriages-gay-and-straight <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/12/120312JR_MarriageVoices_Minister_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Reverend Todd Eklof made a vow in 2004 -- the year 11 states, including Oregon and Kentucky -- passed constitutional amendments against gay marriage. He stopped performing any marriages. But starting Dec. 9 same-sex couples can get married legally in Washington. And that day will also marks a turning point for the Spokane minister. Eklof discussed his vow with Northwest News Network's Jessica Robinson.<p><em>"My name is Todd Eklof. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:33:28 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4552 at http://kuow.org After 8 Years, Spokane Pastor Will Perform Marriages, Gay And Straight Wash. County Holds Lottery For First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses http://kuow.org/post/wash-county-holds-lottery-first-same-sex-marriage-licenses <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2012/12/120312AJ_MarriageLottery_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>OLYMPIA, Wash. – The competition among counties to issue the first same-sex marriage license in Washington is heating up. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:30:49 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4553 at http://kuow.org Wash. County Holds Lottery For First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses What To Call The New Bride And Groom http://kuow.org/post/what-call-new-bride-and-groom <p></p><p>Marriage certificates in Washington state will look a little different next month. Terms like bride and groom will be out. The Department of Health wants to use something more gender-neutral, now that same–sex marriage is legal. The agency is taking suggestions at a <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/doh/policyreview/">public hearing</a> on Wednesday.</p><p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 15:26:54 +0000 Ruby de Luna 4239 at http://kuow.org What To Call The New Bride And Groom Ad Against Gay Marriage Only Tells Part Of The Story http://kuow.org/post/ad-against-gay-marriage-only-tells-part-story <p>The latest TV ad from same-sex marriage opponents in Washington focuses on school children, warning “schools could teach that boys could marry boys.”</p><p>The ad mirrors those that ran in other states when gay marriage came up for a vote, notably when Prop 8 was on California’s 2008 ballot. Campaign strategists on both sides agree the “schools ad" has been a game changer.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 19:54:25 +0000 Liz Jones 2775 at http://kuow.org Ad Against Gay Marriage Only Tells Part Of The Story Debating R-74: Should Washington State Allow Same-Sex Couples To Marry? http://kuow.org/post/debating-r-74-should-washington-state-allow-same-sex-couples-marry <p></p><p></p><p>Earlier this year, Washington state Governor Chris Gregoire signed a bill allowing marriage rights for same-sex couples. Opponents gathered enough signatures to force a public referendum, and the law was put on hold. Now, it's up to voters to decide. If Referendum 74 is approved, Washington state will be the first in the country to uphold gay marriage at the ballot box. Should same-sex couples have the same rights to marry as straight couples? Author and civic entrepreneur Eric Liu and Preserve Marriage Washington spokesman Chip White join us. Thu, 01 Nov 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 2721 at http://kuow.org Debating R-74: Should Washington State Allow Same-Sex Couples To Marry? Same-Sex Marriage Mailers Raise Some Eyebrows http://kuow.org/post/same-sex-marriage-mailers-raise-some-eyebrows <p>Some senior citizens in Washington recently got a flyer in the mail from same-sex marriage supporters. It says approval of Referendum 74 will preserve domestic partnerships for seniors. Gay marriage opponents call the ad a misleading scare tactic.</p><p>The campaign backing same-sex marriage paid for the mailer. It’s targeting seniors because Referendum 74 touches on domestic partnerships between straight couples who are are 62 or older and living together.</p> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 15:26:15 +0000 Liz Jones 1716 at http://kuow.org Same-Sex Marriage Mailers Raise Some Eyebrows Checking The Facts Behind The Ads On Both Sides Of Wash. Same-Sex Marriage http://kuow.org/post/checking-facts-behind-ads-both-sides-wash-same-sex-marriage <p>Ballots go out in Washington and Oregon at the end of the week of October 15. Last minute money is pouring into the ballot fight over same–sex marriage in Washington. Those dollars are buying television ads on both sides of the issue. So what claims are the campaigns making? Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins takes a closer look.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 15:00:00 +0000 Austin Jenkins 1775 at http://kuow.org