gay marriage http://kuow.org en Gay Rights Advocates Gear Up To Fight Potential Ballot Measure http://kuow.org/post/gay-rights-advocates-gear-fight-potential-ballot-measure <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/05/050214CL_gayrights_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Gay rights advocates are waiting for a ruling from a federal judge on whether same-sex couples can get married in Oregon.<p> Mon, 05 May 2014 15:10:51 +0000 Chris Lehman 33875 at http://kuow.org Same-Sex Couples In Utah Made Eligible For Federal Benefits http://kuow.org/post/same-sex-couples-utah-made-eligible-federal-benefits "Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that the federal government will recognize the 900-plus same-sex marriages that took place in Utah during the two weeks when such unions were legal," NPR's Nina Totenberg writes for us.<p>That means those couples "will be eligible for all federal benefits," NPR's Carrie Johnson adds.<p>In a statement, Holder says that:<p><blockquote><p>"Last June, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision — in<em> United States v. Windsor</em> — holding that Americans in same-sex marriages are entitled to equal protection and equal treatment under the law. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 17:49:35 +0000 Mark Memmott 26845 at http://kuow.org Same-Sex Couples In Utah Made Eligible For Federal Benefits Federal Tax Ruling Could Mean Upswing In Gay Marriages In Washington http://kuow.org/post/federal-tax-ruling-could-mean-upswing-gay-marriages-washington <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/082913CL_samesex_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>County officials who issue marriage licenses in Washington are gearing up for a possible influx of new applicants.<p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 17:18:47 +0000 Chris Lehman 19468 at http://kuow.org Federal Tax Ruling Could Mean Upswing In Gay Marriages In Washington Hometown Heroes: The Conversation Talks To Notable Washingtonians http://kuow.org/post/hometown-heroes-conversation-talks-notable-washingtonians <p>Located in the best city in the best state, <em>The Conversation</em> has a lot of pride in the Pacific Northwest. We’ve got the best apples, planes, music, and yoga paddle board classes in the country.&nbsp; This hour, we hear from Washingtonians who are making news and bringing fame to the Evergreen State.</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 17891 at http://kuow.org Hometown Heroes: The Conversation Talks To Notable Washingtonians Seattle Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Celebrate DOMA Ruling http://kuow.org/post/seattle-same-sex-marriage-supporters-celebrate-doma-ruling <p>Same-sex couples around the Seattle area celebrated Wednesday’s historic ruling from the US Supreme Court that struck down some bans on gay marriage. The ruling spurred some couples to think about making wedding plans, now that they would receive new federal benefits. Others were inspired to apply for a marriage license, or even get married on the historic day. For many, Wednesday started out as a day of anticipation and anxiety and ended as a day of elation. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 14:42:51 +0000 Derek Wang 15671 at http://kuow.org Seattle Same-Sex Marriage Supporters Celebrate DOMA Ruling Washington State Reacts To Supreme Court Rulings On Gay Marriage http://kuow.org/post/washington-state-reacts-supreme-court-rulings-gay-marriage <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong>The United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act today, allowing gay couples access to federal benefits. It also decided on another gay marriage case concerning California’s Proposition 8, effectively clearing the way for gay marriage in California. The LGBT community calls these rulings a victory for gay rights.</p><p>But Washington state legalized gay marriage back in December. So what do these Supreme Court rulings actually mean for LGBT couples here in Washington? Peter Nicolas, a law professor at the University of Washington and author of <a href="http://www.gayrightsmap.com/">"The Geography of Love: Same Sex Marriage Recognition in America (The Story in Maps)”</a> helps us break down the Supreme Court decisions. Christopher Plante, regional director of the <a href="http://www.nationformarriage.org/">National Organization for Marriage</a>, also joins Ross Reynolds to explain why his organization condemns the verdicts. Ross also talks to callers about their reaction to the news.</p><p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:55:29 +0000 the conversation with ross reynolds 15629 at http://kuow.org Washington State Reacts To Supreme Court Rulings On Gay Marriage Same Sex Marriage: What Happens Next? http://kuow.org/post/same-sex-marriage-what-happens-next <p></p><p>Last November Washington became the first state to legalize same sex marriage at the polls but today we want to check in on what is happening with the same-sex marriage debate in and out of the Evergreen State.</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 19:29:21 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 12334 at http://kuow.org Same Sex Marriage: What Happens Next? Coming Out: The Mavericks http://kuow.org/post/coming-out-mavericks <p></p><p>“I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay.”</p><p>So started the essay by active NBA player Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player. In fact, Collins is the first openly gay male athlete who is still active in a major American team sport.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 01 May 2013 19:23:43 +0000 The Conversation With Ross Reynolds 12335 at http://kuow.org Coming Out: The Mavericks Seattle Tourism Industry Hitched To Gay Marriage http://kuow.org/post/seattle-tourism-industry-hitched-gay-marriage <p>The star of the 1960s TV show <em>Gomer Pyle, USMC</em>, married his longtime&nbsp;male partner at Seattle’s Fairmont Olympic Hotel this month.</p><p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:56:29 +0000 Ann Dornfeld 7436 at http://kuow.org Seattle Tourism Industry Hitched To Gay Marriage "Straight Talk About Gay Marriage" With Bishop Gene Robinson http://kuow.org/post/straight-talk-about-gay-marriage-bishop-gene-robinson <p></p><p>The first same-sex weddings took place in early December in Washington state. Marriage equality has come a long way in Gene Robinson’s lifetime. He was the first only gay person to become a bishop in the historic traditions of Christendom — and he wore a bulletproof vest to his 2003 consecration.</p><p>Today, he’s one of the world’s leading spokespeople for gay rights and gay marriage, and he has been married to a man for the last four years. Robinson spoke at Seattle’s Town Hall on December 7, 2012. Fri, 04 Jan 2013 04:00:00 +0000 Rachel Solomon 5897 at http://kuow.org "Straight Talk About Gay Marriage" With Bishop Gene Robinson Your Take On The News http://kuow.org/post/your-take-news-10 <p></p><p>It’s Friday — time to review the week’s news with <a href="http://elisanders.net/">Eli Sanders,</a> <a href="http://crosscut.com/mossback/">Knute Berger</a> and <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/topoftheticket/">David Horsey</a>. Talks on taxes and spending are getting down to the wire in Washington, DC, and <a href="http://www.salon.com/2012/12/26/d_c_area_starbucks_writing_come_together_on_cups/">even Starbucks is urging cooperation</a> to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Will there be a deal before the December 31 deadline?</p><p>We'll also take a look back at the region's big stories of 2012, from history-making decisions on marijuana and marriage equality, to Seattle's steps toward police reform and a deal for a third pro sports stadium. What stories caught your attention? Call us at 206.543.5869 or write to <a href="mailto:weekday@kuow.org">weekday@kuow.org. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Steve Scher 5739 at http://kuow.org Your Take On The News 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 Countdown To Midnight Marriage Licenses http://kuow.org/post/countdown-midnight-marriage-licenses <div><p></p><p></p><p>The countdown is on. At 12:01 on December 6, King County will start handing out marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Hundreds are expected to show up for this historic, once-in-a-lifetime event. County staffers are working around the clock to pull off an unprecedented, all-night operation.</p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:48:33 +0000 Liz Jones 4628 at http://kuow.org Countdown To Midnight Marriage Licenses 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