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Postscripts
6:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Happily Ever After: Couple Reflects On Life After DOMA

Otts Bolisay and Ken Thompson, outside the Redmond courthouse on their wedding day, Nov. 1.
Photo courtesy of Otts Bolisay

Otts Bolisay, who had spent more than half his life in the US on various immigration visas, was approaching the end of the line.

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Your Take On The News
10:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Decisions From The Supreme Court, Wendy Davis, And Avoiding A Government Shutdown

Weekday's “News in Review” roundtable comes together to talk over the week’s news.

It was a big week at the Supreme Court. The justices struck down provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and decided the federal Defense of Marriage Act was unconstitutional. A filibuster by Wendy Davis rocked the Texas legislature, stopping a vote on an abortion bill. The bill will be revisited in the second special session Gov. Rick Perry called.

Washington's own legislature's second session budget problems still divide the floor; but issues will need to be resolved soon to avoid a government shut down on July 1.

What stories caught your attention? What hasn’t been covered enough? What story made your blood boil? Share your thoughts with the panel right now by emailing Weekday.

Unseen History
2:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

A Walk Through Seattle's LGBT History

Paris Delair with two soldiers in the Garden of Allah, ca. 1948. Paris Delair began performing as a female impersonator while still a teenager in Vancouver, British Columbia. He toured with the Jewel Box Revue and performed often at the Garden of Allah.
University of Washington Digital Collections/Unknown

Today on KUOW Presents, we hear an episode of 99% Invisible about maps. Here's the premise: for every city, there's an infinite number of possible maps that tell an infinite number of stories.

The coalescence of yesterday's Supreme Court decision overturning DOMA and Seattle's Pride parade this weekend inspired University of Washington map specialist Matthew Parsons to describe for us a historical map showing LGBT-friendly establishments in Seattle from the 1950s to the 2000s. The map shows that, prior to the 1970s, Seattle's LGBT culture was centered not on Capitol Hill, but in Pioneer Square.

One colorful bar from Seattle's past was called The Garden of Allah (1946-1956), at 1299 First Avenue. Seattle's first gay-owned gay bar, it was frequented by men and women and featured female impersonators and vaudeville entertainment. The photos in the slideshow above give a glimpse of that scene.

The Double Header at 407 Second Ave S (1934-present) is listed as the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the country. From online reviews, it's unclear its current patrons recognize it as anything more than a sports bar.

The Casino at 172 S Washington St (1930-1946) was nicknamed "Madame Peabody's Dancing Academy for Young Ladies" and was one of the few places on the West Coast where same-sex dancing was allowed.

Full list of stories from KUOW Presents, June 27:

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Same-Sex Marriage Recogntion In Other States
11:38 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Effect Of DOMA Ruling Murky For Idaho, Oregon Couples Married Elsewhere

Charli Deltenre

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 5:48 pm

It's still not clear what the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act will mean for many same-sex couples in the Northwest. That's because of new legal questions surrounding the hundreds of couples who have marriage licenses from Washington state but live in states like Idaho and Oregon that have banned same-sex marriage.

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Argle-Bargle
11:18 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Ben Zimmer On Strange Words In The News

  The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act was big news yesterday and the coverage and analysis continues today. Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the decision caught the eye of language lover and writer Ben Zimmer. On the 22nd page of his dissent Justice Scalia used the term argle-bargle. Zimmer, language columnist for the Boston Globe, explains the strange word to Ross Reynolds.

Divorced Band
9:00 am
Thu June 27, 2013

US Relations With Africa, Two Queensryches, And Seattle Transgender Pride

Chaos is right! Seattle band Queensryche has split into two entities, making the future of the Queensryche banner uncertain.
From Queensryche's Facebook page.

President Obama Visits Africa
President Obama is making his third and longest trip to Africa, his first visit since winning reelection. The president intends to “reinforce the US' commitment to expanding economic growth” in Africa. We talk with Witney Schneidman, nonresident fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative.

Art Of Our City: Dueling Queensrÿches
Fans of the Seattle band Queensrÿche have a lot be psyched about this week: a brand new album and two live shows. Queensrÿche performed last night at The Crocodile, and they’ll perform again this Saturday night at The Moore. Problem is, it’s actually two different bands, both using the name Queensrÿche. Following a huge fight last summer, the band split in two. What’s going on here? Decibel Magazine editor-in-chief Albert Mudrian helps us sort it out.

Seattle Transgender Pride
The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this week, paving the way for same-sex married couples to receive the same federal rights and protections afforded to heterosexuals. The ruling is celebrated within the LGBT community as a huge step towards equality. But for transgender people – the T in LGBT – discrimination and inequality is still a very real and pressing threat across the country.

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It's All Politics
6:58 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Same-Sex-Marriage Fight Shifts Back To States

Allan Hoyle of North Carolina (center) protests gay marriage outside the Supreme Court.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Wed June 26, 2013 5:35 pm

The dual victories the Supreme Court handed to gay-marriage supporters Wednesday seemed to temporarily shift the focus of the fight from Washington to the states.

For instance, one of the more notable reactions to the Supreme Court decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and upholding a lower court ruling that blocked California's Proposition 8 from taking effect came from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Ruling Affirms Benefits
3:00 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Local Reactions To High Court Decision On DOMA

Same-sex advocates celebrate at downtown rally on Wednesday.
KUOW Photo/Meghan Walker

UPDATE: 6/26/13, 3:17 p.m. PT

More Questions Remain

University of Washington law professor Peter Nicolas co-wrote a book on same-sex marriage called "The Geography of Love."

In an interview today on The Conversation with Ross Reynolds, Nicolas said one question that remains regarding the today’s Supreme Court decision is whether legal same-sex marriages will be recognized across state borders.

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Listener Call-In
10:55 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Washington State Reacts To Supreme Court Rulings On Gay Marriage

Gay rights supporters celebrate Wednesday after the Supreme Court's rulings.
AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

 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.

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 "The Geography of Love: Same Sex Marriage Recognition in America (The Story in Maps)” helps us break down the Supreme Court decisions. Christopher Plante, regional director of the National Organization for Marriage, also joins Ross Reynolds to explain why his organization condemns the verdicts. Ross also talks to callers about their reaction to the news.

Federal Politics
10:00 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Supreme Court Decisions, Jonathan Alter And Radio Retrospective

Jonathan Alter's book "The Center Holds."

 SCOTUS, DOMA And Proposition 8
The Supreme Court is due to make a decision soon on two major cases effecting marriage equality. Law professor at the University of Washington,Peter Nicolas explains what we can expect from SCOTUS in the coming days. 

The Center Holds
Jonathan Alter has spent more than two decades covering national politics in Washington, D.C. In his new book “The Center Holds,” he examines the challenges President Obama faced in his 2012 reelection campaign, from a Republican Party determined to retake control of Congress and millions in unregulated campaign spending, to Obama’s own distaste for politics.

Radio Retrospective: Radio Expert Frank Buxton
Frank Buxton is an expert on the Golden Age of Radio and a voice talent to be reckoned with. 

Recommended Eating
Food writer Sara Dickerman joins us with a lunch recommendation. This time she recommends Shanik.  Prefer to cook for yourself? She reviews "Mr. Wilkinson's Vegetables."

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Marriage And Citizenship
7:42 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Gay Couples See New Hope For Immigration Benefits

Ken Thompson and Otts Bolisay at their home in Seattle.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

If you want to marry someone from another country, and you’re a US citizen, chances are your spouse could also gain citizenship through marriage. That is, if the marriage is between a man and a woman.  This path to citizenship is not available to gay couples because of the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Next month, the US Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to this federal law. It’s a case Seattle resident Otts Bolisay is anxious to watch unfold.

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Federal Policy
5:17 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Supreme Court Rulings Could Benefit Same-Sex Couples In Washington

Alice Goodman and Jane Martin have been together for 21 years.
Courtesy of Jane Martin.

Washington’s law allowing same-sex marriage just took effect this week. And that could be not a moment too soon for same-sex couples hoping to receive marriage-related federal benefits.

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