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Oregon Gay Marriage
6:57 am
Tue April 22, 2014

National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

This altered version of the American flag, sometimes called "the Freedom Flag," has been used to symbolize gay and lesbian pride since the 1970s. The different colors symbolize the diversity in the LGBT community.
Credit DBKing and AgnosticPreachersKid

A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.  Gay rights advocates are denouncing the effort.

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Idaho Gay Rights
6:56 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Multiple Protests, Arrests, But Is Idaho Any Closer To Gay Rights?

"Add the Words" protesters encircle the upper level of the rotunda at the Idaho Capitol. They put a hand over their mouth to symbolize how they've been "silenced" by lawmakers, who have declined to hold a hearing on an anti-discrimination bill.
Credit Jessica Robinson

This winter, protests hit the Idaho Capitol at a level rarely seen in Boise. Gay rights activists blocked entrances and were marched away in handcuffs. They want Idaho's Republican-controlled legislature to pass an anti-discrimination law similar to those in Oregon and Washington. It would make it illegal for employers, landlords and most businesses to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Lawmakers plan to wrap up the session this Friday without ever printing the bill.

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Gay Rights
5:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

In Wake Of Arizona Veto, Similar Measures Considered In Northwest

In Oregon, a religious group is attempting to get a measure on this November's ballot that would allow people to refuse to participate in a same-sex ceremony if doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
Credit Chantal Andrea

Amidst the debate over the now-vetoed Arizona bill that would have protected businesses that refuse to serve gays and others for religious reasons, gay rights groups in the Northwest say similar legislation could surface here.

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Human Rights Protest
7:26 am
Fri February 14, 2014

More Than 60 People Protest Silently For Gay Rights At Idaho Capitol

More than 60 people protested inside Idaho’s capitol Thursday. They want lawmakers to add the words “sexual orientation and gender identity” to Idaho’s Human Rights Act. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
5:28 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Oregon's Same-Sex Marriage Campaign Finds Some GOP Support

A ballot initiative to legalize same-sex marriage could be on the Oregon ballot in 2014.
Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 12:25 pm

Some prominent Oregon Republicans announced Wednesday that they are throwing their support behind a campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in the state.

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Idaho Gay Rights
3:58 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Gay Rights Advocates: Idaho Bills Would Upend Local Discrimination Bans

File photo. The Pocatello City Council took public comment on an anti-discrimination ordinance in April 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed January 29, 2014 3:42 pm

Gay rights advocates say legislation introduced this week in Idaho would undermine local anti-discrimination ordinances passed in seven Idaho cities.

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Gay-Conversion Therapy Ban
7:11 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Washington Looking To Ban Gay-Conversion Therapy

Mental health experts say it’s dangerous. Now, Washington lawmakers are taking up the controversy over gay-conversion therapy.

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Idaho Gay Rights
4:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Sen. Crapo Says Idaho Should Respect Local Gay Rights Laws

US Senator Mike Crapo
US Senate

Originally published on Tue November 5, 2013 3:06 pm

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo voted this week against a federal ban on workplace discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people. But Tuesday he said Idaho cities should be able to maintain their local gay rights ordinances.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:40 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Federal Tax Ruling Could Mean Upswing In Gay Marriages In Washington

Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 3:47 pm

County officials who issue marriage licenses in Washington are gearing up for a possible influx of new applicants.

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Richland Florist
5:49 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Court Hears Case Of Florist Who Refused Flowers To Gay Wedding

Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri June 28, 2013 5:39 pm

A lawsuit against a Washington florist who refused to do the flowers for a gay couple's wedding went to court Friday. Attorneys for the Richland florist disputed the state's claim that her refusal on moral grounds violated consumer protection law.

Attorneys for florist Baronelle Stutzman argue the state shouldn't be in court at all. They say claims of discrimination against gays and lesbians should first be reviewed administratively by the Washington Human Rights Commission.

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