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NWPR Books
5:43 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Book News: Arthur C. Clarke's DNA Headed For A New Space Odyssey

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Gay Rights
4:45 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

North Idaho County A Study In Contrasts On Gay Rights Views

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed May 29, 2013 11:35 am

Idaho's conflicting views on gay rights is playing out in the northern part of the state. A committee in Coeur d'Alene Tuesday advanced an anti-discrimination ordinance. Meanwhile the sheriff of the same county is threatening to drop a Boy Scout charter because the group voted to allow gay members.

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Gay Rights In Idaho
5:34 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Gay Rights Efforts Gain Traction In Idaho Small Towns

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri May 10, 2013 5:32 pm

Efforts to pass more local gay rights laws are moving ahead in Idaho. A city councilor in Coeur d'Alene plans to introduce an ordinance later this month. And in Pocatello, a failed ban on discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people is getting a second chance.

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Defense of Marriage Act
6:23 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Judge's Order Questions DOMA, Oregon's Measure 36

A judge on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has decided that a Portland lesbian couple has a right to federal health benefits. April Baer reports.

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Gay Rights Ordinance
7:06 am
Fri April 19, 2013

Pocatello Rejects Gay Rights Ordinance In Close Vote

The Pocatello City Council heard testimony from the public on April 4.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

An ordinance to ban discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people failed in the city council of Pocatello, Idaho Thursday. The close vote was a setback for gay rights advocates, as Jessica Robinson reports.

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Idaho Gay Rights
8:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

In Idaho, Towns Take Up Gay Rights In Absence Of State Action

Kevin Lish and Tom Nestor run the All Under One Roof youth center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender teens in Pocatello.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

This Thursday, the city council in Pocatello, Idaho, is expected to vote on whether to make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. It’s one of several cities in Idaho that have taken up the cause of gay rights – an issue the Idaho legislature has so far resisted. But as Jessica Robinson reports, even some gay rights supporters wonder if the local ordinance will change anything.

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Northwest News
7:03 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Pocatello Council Hears Emotional Testimony Over Local Gay Rights Law

The Pocatello City Council hears testimony on a proposed ordinance that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Credit By Jessica Robinson

A city in the heart of Idaho's Mormon country held a four-hour public hearing last night on whether to ban discrimination against gays and lesbians. A growing number of cities in Idaho are adopting local rules that protect sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Same-Sex Marriage
6:34 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Oregon Gathers Signature For Same-Sex Marriage

Virginia Alvino Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:41 pm

Gay rights supporters in Oregon have begun the early work to put same-sex marriage on the 2014 ballot. Their petition was filed with the Secretary of State on Monday.

Now, 1,000 signatures are needed to initiate the ballot title process. Among the first to sign the petition Thursday were Governor John Kitzhaber and former Governor Barbara Roberts.

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Northwest News
2:02 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

How Did Tacoma, Wash., Get To Be America's 'Gayest City'?

Tacoma, Wash., tops The Advocate magazine's list of "Gayest Cities in America." It was followed by Springfield, Mass., and Spokane, Wash. Advocate editor Matthew Breen says marriage equality gave the advantage to cities in Washington state this year.
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Originally published on Sat January 19, 2013 4:25 pm

Every year when The Advocate magazine publishes its list of the "Gayest Cities in America" it comes with a few surprises. This year was no different.

At the top of the list for 2013: Tacoma, Wash.

To Tacoma resident Ellen Cohen, the superlative was unexpected.

"In all of Tacoma coming out as No. 1 in anything would surprise me," she said.

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Legal Same-Sex Marriage
6:20 am
Mon December 10, 2012

Married At Seattle City Hall

Credit Photo Credit: Joe Mabel/Wikimedia Commons

Wedding bells rang throughout Washington state Sunday as hundreds of same-sex couples said “I do”. Sunday was the first day gay couples could legally marry here. This comes after voters upheld the state’s marriage equality law in last month’s election.

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