civil rights

DNA Testing
8:52 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Supreme Court Decision Revives Washington State Debate Over DNA Collection

US Supreme Court Building
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A legislator in Washington state says she will revive a bill that would make it easier for police to collect DNA samples. That’s in the wake of a US Supreme Court ruling Monday. The five-to-four ruling upheld a Maryland law that allows police to collect DNA samples at the time of arrest from people who are charged with certain violent crimes or sex offenses.

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Proposition 8
7:10 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Happening Now: Supreme Court Hears First Of Two Gay-Marriage Cases

The line was long Tuesday outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., as spectators came to hear the oral arguments about California's Proposition 8.
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Originally published on Tue March 26, 2013 11:45 am

  • NPR's Nina Totenberg: Three key points about Tuesday's court hearing

(Our most recent update was at 12:50 p.m. ET.)

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:42 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Dan Savage On Marriage

Dan Savage speaking at Western University, March 2012.
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Dan Savage is a sex columnist, author, advocate and more.  He is behind the It Gets Better project, an archive of hopeful videos aimed at troubled gay youth, and the author of "The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage and My Family." Savage talks to Ross Reynolds about marriage and what he plans to do now that same-sex marriage is legal in Washington state.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:54 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Gay Wedding Chapel At Seattle City Hall

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On the first day same-sex couples can get married in Washington state, Seattle City Hall will serve as a wedding chapel.   Mayor Mike McGinn's office is playing the role of planner. On Monday, it posted the itinerary for a historic wedding ceremony on Dec. 9.

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Law
12:31 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Washington Supreme Court Says Jury Selection Must Be Public

The Supreme Court of Washington issued opinions on four cases Wednesday about how courts and judges interact with jurors. In three of the cases the Supreme Court ruled that jury selection has to happen in the open.

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Government
5:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

At Stroke Of Midnight, Gay Couples To Get Marriage Licenses

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King County plans to pull an all-nighter on the first day marriage licenses are available to same-sex couples under Washington state law. On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 12:01 a.m., the county is scheduled to open its licensing office in downtown Seattle.

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Government
5:48 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Federal Judge Lets Veterans For Peace March In Auburn Parade

Veterans for Peace members Dan Gilman and Mike Dedrick celebrate Judge Marsha Pechman's decision outside the U.S. Courthouse in Seattle.
Credit Amy Radil

US District Chief Judge Marsha Pechman said Veterans for Peace must be allowed to march in the Auburn Veterans Day parade Saturday. She called Auburn’s policy a textbook violation of the First Amendment.

The city of Auburn’s Veterans Day parade is one of the largest in the country. It started during the Vietnam War. The group Veterans for Peace started marching in the parade during the Iraq war. They hold signs saying “bring the troops home.”

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Religion
12:00 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

The Biblical Case For Same-Sex Marriage

Gene Robinson was the first openly gay bishop in a major Christian denomination. We’ll hear his personal story and find out why he thinks Christian critics of same-sex marriage are misreading the Bible.

Referendum 74
9:08 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Campaigns For And Against Gay Marriage Bank On Opposite Strategies

Kyle Bain volunteers at a phone bank to urge voter support for Referendum 74.
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Washington is one of four states that will vote on same-sex marriage in just a few weeks. History is on the line, as one of these states could be the first to approve gay marriage by a vote of the people. The campaigns on both sides are intensifying efforts to connect with voters but there’s a stark contrast in their strategies.

Here, gay marriage opponents have set up their campaign headquarters in a quiet strip mall just off I-5 in Lynnwood. Their office is tucked in next to a hair salon, a dry cleaners and a chain pizza restaurant.

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Referendum 74
8:26 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Same-Sex Marriage Mailers Raise Some Eyebrows

Same-sex marriage supporters target mailers to seniors about Referendum 74.
(Photo/Liz Jones)

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.

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.

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Referendum 74
8:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Checking The Facts Behind The Ads On Both Sides Of Wash. Same-Sex Marriage

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.

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