same-sex marriage

Same-Sex Marriage
5:02 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Oregon, Washington File Briefs In Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 4:43 pm

SALEM, Ore. – The top state prosecutors in Oregon and Washington have filed briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage. The high court is expected to take up the cases later this month.

The first case involves an effort to strike down California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage. The second case involves efforts to overturn the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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National Cemetary Burial
5:11 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Eugene Same-Sex Couple Gets Permission To Be Buried Together At A National Cemetery

Lt. Col. Linda Campbell and Nancy Lynchild
Credit KLCC

A same-sex couple from Eugene has received the first-ever waiver to be buried together at a national cemetery. It comes after the death of one of the women.

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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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Oregon Same-Sex Marriage
4:20 pm
Mon February 11, 2013

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Supporters File Initiative For 2014

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 4:18 pm

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon voters could decide next year whether to legally recognize same-sex marriages. Supporters of gay marriage submitted an initiative Monday aimed at putting such a question on the Oregon ballot in November of 2014.

Nine states including Washington issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But Oregon can't, since voters defined marriage as between one man and one woman nearly a decade ago. It would take a statewide vote to reverse that. So the gay rights group Basic Rights Oregon filed an initiative to overturn that Constitutional ban.

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Gregoire's Legacy
7:31 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregoire’s Legacy: Children’s Health, Navigating Recession, Gay Marriage

Gov. Gregoire announces she won’t seek a third term.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will leave office January 16th. During her eight years as governor, the Democrat often referred to herself as a “recovering lawyer.” Polls showed the former attorney general struggled to connect with voters. She could come off as a fierce technocrat. But her two-terms in office were marked by challenges that affected her on a deeply personal level. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this look at the governor’s legacy.

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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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Same-Sex Marriage
6:08 am
Mon December 10, 2012

One Of Spokane's First Same-Sex Married Couples Say "I Do"

Sunday was the first day marriage certificates were signed in Washington state since the passing of the same-sex marriage law. One Spokane couple said “I Do” to each other for the second time.

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Gay Marriage Cases
5:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Implications Unclear For Supreme Court Gay Marriage Cases

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a ban on same-sex marriage in California, as well as a federal law that prohibits gays and lesbians from receiving federal spousal benefits.
Credit Franz Jantzen / Supreme Court website

 Supporters of same-sex marriage in the Northwest are at once celebrating and downplaying the latest news from the U.S. Supreme Court. The high court announced Friday that it would review a ban on same-sex marriage in California, as well as a federal law that prohibits gays and lesbians from receiving federal spousal benefits.

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Marriage Licenses
4:45 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

After 26 Years Together Gay Couple Pick Up Their Marriage Certificate In Eastern Washington

Linda McGregor, left, and Diane Marsh, have been together for 26 years. They shed tears on Thursday when they were able to pick up their Washington State marriage license.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

 On the first day of legal same-sex marriage in Washington, the scene was quiet at the Benton County Annex in Kennewick in southeast Washington. Workers sat at the ready to hand out marriage licenses, but only a few people showed up. But one couple that did got their paperwork after 26 years together.

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Same-Sex Marriage Legalized
4:29 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

No Crowd As Same-Sex Couple Obtains Marriage License

Signs at the Thurston County Courthouse directed couples
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

In Washington’s capital city, the County Auditor was prepared for a rush on the day same-sex marriage became legal. Instead, it felt like business as usual.

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