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posted Friday, June 1, 2012 - Volume 40 Issue 22

Section One

SO&P responds to critics on Pride Parade fees

Group faces criticism for price hikes, snubs of marriage equality champions

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The board of directors of Seattle Out and Proud (SO&P), the group responsible for the annual Seattle Pride Parade, has recently come under fire for raising the price for politicians to march in the parade and for not choosing State Rep. Jamie Pedersen and State Sen. Ed Murray - the House and Senate champions of Washington Sta
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Federal court throws out major part of DOMA
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A three-judge panel of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on May 31 that Section 3 of DOMA is unconstitutional.

The decision in Gill v. Office of Personnel Management was unanimous, and sustains a previous ruling in the case by federal District Judge Joseph Tauro.
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Ref. 74 petitions to Secretary of State's office on Monday
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Opponents of marriage equality announced May 30 they have reached the number of signatures needed to qualify a proposed referendum - Referendum 74 - seeking to overturn a new law legalizing same-sex marriage in Washington State.

In addition, the group said they could tu
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New Washington poll finds broad support for marriage equality
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A new poll released May 30 shows that a large majority of Washington voters believe it should be legal for Gay and Lesbian couples to marry.

The poll, conducted by Strategies 360 (S360) for the Associated Press, found that 54% of those surveyed said same-sex marriage should be
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Madison Valley's Cafe Flora celebrates 20 years

Owner reflects on partnership with Bailey-Boushay

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On Saturday, June 2, Cafe Flora will hold its 20th anniversary celebration. The restaurant, just outside Capitol Hill in the Madison Valley neighborhood, has maintained longtime connections with various LGBT service organizations, including the Bailey-Boushay House, which opened its doors the v
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Jay Inslee endorsed by HRC
by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

On May 29, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for LGBT Americans, endorsed Jay Inslee for governor of Washington, at Cupcake Royale on Capitol Hill.

'I am very honored to accept the endorsement of the Human Rights C
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ACLU and Lambda Legal challenge Illinois on marriage
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois filed separate lawsuits against the county clerk of Cook County, Illinois, on May 30, claiming that his failure to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates the equal protection and due process clauses of the Illinois Constitution.

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Mormons to march in church clothes in Utah pride parade
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

This weekend, hundreds of active Mormons will march at the head of the Utah Pride Parade to show support for the Beehive State's LGBT community, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

'There have been so many years of heartbreak and strife between the LDS and LGBT community,' Erika
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California's Senate passes bill to ban Gay 'therapy'
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

A bill that would ban therapeutic programs aimed at reversing same-sex attraction in children and teens passed California's Senate on Wednesday, moving the state a step closer to becoming the first in the nation to ban the controversial treatments.

The 23-13 vote in the D
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ExxonMobil shareholders reject LGBT employment protections
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Petrochemical behemoth ExxonMobil has refused once again to include LGBT employees in its corporate nondiscrimination policy.

The decision came at the company's annual shareholders' meeting in Dallas on May 23.

ExxonMobil is currently number one on the Fortune 500
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Euro parliament condemns anti-Gay laws
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The European Parliament has passed a resolution condemning anti-Gay laws and calling on EU member states to be 'exemplary in the application and protection of fundamental rights in Europe.'

The measure passed on May 22, by a margin of 430-105. It was widely seen as the EU's respon
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Ontario government orders schools to accept GSAs
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The provincial government of Ontario has ordered all schools in the province - including Catholic schools - to allow their students to form Gay-Straight Alliances and to call them by that name.

Ontario's Catholic bishops, who had resisted allowing the clubs, cried foul, charging
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International News
International News
by Scott Wittet - SGN Contributing Writer

ISRAELI PARLIAMENT NIXES CIVIL MARRIAGE BILL
The Israeli Knesset has rejected legislation that would provide civil marriage for citizens who cannot be wed through religious institutions, including same-sex couples.

The bill also would have affected interfaith couples, such as Muslim-Jewish partne
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compiled by Rick McKinnon - SGN Staff Writer

BORN THIS WAY KAFE FOR URBAN QUEER TEENS AT CAL ANDERSON PARK
On Fridays, 5-9 p.m., at Cal Anderson Shelterhouse (1635 11th Ave., one block north of E. Pine St.), Seattle Parks & Recreation hosts Born This Way Kafe, a welcoming place where LGBTQ youth, friends and allies (ages 13-19) can gather, be themsel
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Romney clinches GOP nomination for president
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

On May 29, Mitt Romney won 105 delegates in the Texas primary and clinched the Republican nomination for president.

The former Massachusetts governor now has 1,191 delegates, according to a count by the Associated Press, putting him above the 1,144 needed to win the nomin
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Ravi apologizes to victim, begins serving jail time
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Dharun Ravi, the former Rutgers student convicted of using a webcam to spy on his roommate's intimate encounter with another man, turned himself in Thursday to begin his 30-day jail sentence.

Because prosecutors are appealing the sentence, Ravi did not have to begin ser
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THE OUTFIELD - Akil Patterson's Project: Giving African-American athletes the courage to come out
by Dan Woog - SGN Contributing Writer

When University of Nebraska assistant football coach Ron Brown made anti-Gay comments recently - among other things, he threatened the Omaha City Council with eternal damnation if it passed a bill prohibiting businesses from firing workers because they're Gay - many people were outraged.
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PORTRAITURE EXHIBIT @ TAM
Now showing at Tacoma Art Museum through June 10, Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture is the first major exhibit to address how gender identity and sexual orientation have shaped the creation of modern American portraiture. The exhibit includes more than 100 works spanning nearly 150 year
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