Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., on Monday at the White House when she and other state executives met with President Obama.
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The Tucson restaurant Rocco's Pizzeria created a stir when it posted a sign in its dining room reacting to a new Arizona bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gays and others if they offend proprietors' religious beliefs.
Originally published on Wed February 26, 2014 5:10 pm
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she has vetoed controversial legislation that would have allowed business owners in her state to refuse to serve gays and others if those customers somehow offended the proprietors' religious beliefs.
Brewer, a Republican, announced her decision at a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, following a flurry of meetings between the governor and state legislators.
Update at 7:52 p.m. ET Brewer's Comments
"I call them like I see them," Brewer said of the proposal, "despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd."
Clarification 2/12/14: The text of this story has been edited to include a response from Audrey Long’s parents. They say they never attempted to take their daughter to a Christian gay conversion therapist.
Four years ago, as a freshman at Holy Names Academy, an all-girls Seattle Catholic school, Audrey Long came out to her family. It wasn’t a positive experience.
By Max Hutton and Chris Otey and Isaac Noren and Katherine Sims and Nina Tran and Rachel Lam and RadioActive Youth Media
We throw toast at the Rocky Horror Picture Show, hear what people on the street think about the movement for LGBTQ rights, and learn about the fight to integrate LGBTQ support groups into local Catholic schools. This month's podcast features stories about people who are stepping outside of their comfort zones and finding supportive communities.
Tuesday afternoon, activists led by The Stranger's Dan Savage will protest in front of the Russian Consul General's house in Madison Park. The protest is in response to a Russian law passed in June that outlaws "propagandizing non-traditional sexual relations among minors."
Russian authorities have interpreted that language broadly and as a result, people seen as "promoting gay values" have been arrested and subject to violence from police or other Russians.
Metro Driver Safety Yesterday morning in downtown Seattle, a Metro bus driver was shot and wounded by a passenger. While assaults on Metro drivers have decreased overall since 2006, there were still 107 incidents last year. What is Metro doing to keep drivers safe? And what affect has ending the ride-free-zone downtown had on driver safety? Dow Constantine is the King County Executive. He joins us from the Ryerson Base in SODO.
Gay Rights In Russia According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, only 16 percent of Russians say homosexuality should be accepted by society. In another survey conducted a nonprofit Russian research center this spring, nearly 35 percent of Russians believe that homosexuality is a disease.
Recently, the Russian government has been legislating against gay rights. In June, the government passed a law that prohibits the distribution of so-called “homosexual propaganda” to minors. Protests are gaining momentum in the United States to dump Russian vodka and even boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. What are the historical and cultural factors that have influenced Russian attitudes toward homosexuality?
Interfaith Amigos Death is something we all need to grapple with. The Three Interfaith Amigos join us with a look at what religion has to say about mortality and the afterlife. They’ll also respond to the common accusation from the non-religious: That God is just a story to make people feel better about life and death.
The Weather And Hike Of The Week Michael Fagin suggests a hike that matches the week’s weather forecast.
Bringing new meaning to "student orientation," Washington community and technical colleges will start asking students their sexual orientation and gender identity when students register for classes this year.
Laura McDowell, spokeswoman for Washington State Board of Community & Technical Colleges, said it was students who proposed the colleges start tracking the data.
Sunny skies and warm weather brought thousands of people to downtown Seattle on Sunday for the annual Pride Parade. Hot on the heels of the demise of DOMA, people had plenty reason to celebrate.
Jerry Praul was watching the parade from the corner of Pine and 4th. “I love the parade! We’re so happy this year that DOMA got overturned because we just married!” Another woman was waving her rainbow flag and dancing near the corner of Pike St. “It’s just a wonderful day. Especially with DOMA being dead, there’s so much to celebrate.”
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.
Plaintiffs in the Prop. 8 case, react on steps of the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013, after justices cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. From left: Jeff Zarrillo, Paul Katami, David Boies, Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.
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Michael Knaapen, left, and his husband John Becker, right, embrace after the Supreme Court struck down a federal provision denying benefits to legally married gay couples in front of the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013.
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Gay rights advocate Vin Testa waves a rainbow flag in front of the Supreme Court at sun up in Washington, DC, June 26, 2013.
Since the Boy Scouts of America lifted its ban against gay youth members in May, a handful of churches around the Puget Sound area have decided to cut ties with the organization. Meanwhile, some churches have indicated they are awaiting guidance from national leadership before they make any changes to their existing charters with Scouting units.
For the first time in 22 years, openly gay members will be allowed to join the Boy Scouts. Leaders of the Boy Scouts of America voted 61 percent in favor of eliminating sexual orientation as criteria for youth membership.