same-sex marriage

Gay Marriage
8:18 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Gay Marriage Now Legal In Washington

Teri Bednarski and Saracristina Garcia, Tacoma
Liz Jones KUOW

Gay and lesbian couples across Washington woke up to a new reality today: Same-sex marriage is now legal in this state. Hundreds of couples lined up in downtown Seattle Wednesday night to be among the first to receive marriage licenses. The honor of “first couple” went to Jane Abbott Lightly and Pete-e Peterson, ages 77 and 85.

“I never thought this day would come, but here it is," said Peterson. After 35 years together, Lightly and Peterson plan to make it an official marriage this Sunday.

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Gay Marriage
8:00 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Final Signatures Make Way For Washington Same-Sex Marriage Law

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Wed December 5, 2012 8:09 pm


OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the eve of same-sex marriage taking effect in Washington, Governor Chris Gregoire hosted an emotional ceremony in her office. Gregoire and Secretary of State Sam Reed certified the results of the vote to uphold Washington’s new marriage equality law.

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Society
11:48 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Countdown To Midnight Marriage Licenses

Party tents fill the plaza outside the King County Administration Building.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

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.

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Holidays
9:00 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Weekday's Annual Toy Show

Credit Flickr photo/Jason Mrachina

The holidays are approaching and toys are back in the spotlight. What are the best new toys of the year? Allen Rickert of Top Ten Toys and Katherine Johnson of the Pacific Science Center store join us in our studio, bringing toys of all kinds with them.

We’ll also hear what's on the wish list of a classroom at Garden International Preschool. Bring your inner child and join us at  206.543.5869 or weekday@kuow.org.

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:56 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

A Very Long Engagement

Kate Schubert and Liz Newman have waited 15 years to get married in Washington state.
Credit Liz Jones / KUOW

What’s the opposite of a shotgun wedding? Try a 15-year engagement.  Seattle couple Kate Schubert and Liz Newman joke they’ve waited that long for the right to get married in their home state.  The wait is almost over. On December 6, same-sex marriage will be legal in Washington.  Now, Kate and Liz are eager to take the next step.

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Marriage
7:26 am
Wed November 28, 2012

What To Call The New Bride And Groom

The Department of Health is facing an unusual quandary now that the terms “bride and groom” no longer apply to everyone who’s getting married.
Flickr/Nule y Nelson

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 public hearing on Wednesday.

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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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Government
5:22 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

At Stroke Of Midnight, Gay Couples To Get Marriage Licenses

Darcyandkat Flickr

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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Referendum 74
12:54 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Ad Against Gay Marriage Only Tells Part Of The Story

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The latest TV ad from same-sex marriage opponents in Washington focuses on school children, warning “schools could teach that boys could marry boys.”

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.

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Other
9:00 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Debating R-74: Should Washington State Allow Same-Sex Couples To Marry?

Wedding rings.
Credit Flickr photo/Michael Verhoef (CC BY-NC-ND)

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.

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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.

Elections 2012
3:25 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Obama Urges “Yes” On Ref. 74

Trenton Garris, right, joins other demonstrators on May 10, 2012, showing their support for President Barack Obama as he visits the Paramount Theater one day after announcing his support for same sex marriage, in Seattle.
AP Photo/Kevin P. Casey

President Obama is formally throwing his support to Referendum 74, which asks Washington voters to decide on same-sex marriage.

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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.
Liz Jones/KUOW

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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Gay Rights
12:42 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

New Dan Savage Biography

Dan Savage speaking at Western University, March 2012.
Flickr/Better Than Bacon

Mark Oppenheimer has written extensively about both sides of the gay marriage argument, and in August he moderated The Dinner Table Debate between Dan Savage and Brian Brown. Now he has self-published a short biography on Dan Savage in e-book format, titled “Dan Savage: The First Gay Celebrity.” He joins Ross to talk about Dan Savage, gay marriage, and self-publishing.

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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