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posted Friday, January 17 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 03


VICTORY! Federal judge strikes Oklahoma marriage ban
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal judge ruled on January 14 that Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

In a 68-page opinion, U.S. District Judge Terence Kern found that the state's ban on marriage by Gay and Lesbian couples is 'an arbitrary, irrational exclusion of just one class of Oklahoma citizens from a governmental
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Nigerian police begin mass arrests of Gays - U.S. condemns stringent anti-Gay law
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Nigerian police began a mass arrest of Gay men in the northern state of Bauchi, human rights activists reported on January 16. One has already been convicted and publicly whipped.

A new law, titled the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, criminalizes same-sex marriage, LGBT organiz
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Hal Faulkner, Marine whose last wish was an honorable discharge, dies
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Hal Faulkner, a Gay man whose last wish came true earlier this month when his discharge from the U.S. Marines was changed from 'undesirable' to 'honorable,' died Tuesday in Florida.

Just 11 days after receiving his wish, Faulkner succumbed following a battle with cancer.
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Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire Monarch Candidacy Announcements
Eric Bonesteel for the position of Rainier XL

To The Board of Directors, The College of Monarchs and The General Membership of The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle, as well as The Seattle Community,

My name is Eric Bonesteel and I would like you to consider me for the position of Rainier XL.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie picks another fight, vetoes Transgender ID bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill to allow Transgender residents of his state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match their actual gender identity.

Under exiting New Jersey law, Trans people must complete gender reassignment
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Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire Monarch Candidacy Announcements
Rodeo Drive for the position of Empress of Seattle - Olympia XLIII

I, Rodeo Drive, hereby respectfully submit this letter of intent to run for the position of Empress of Seattle - Olympia XLIII with the Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle and the Olympic and Rainier Empire.

I began my involvement with t
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Seattle Archbishop says he stands by ECHS and the decision to fire Gay vice principal
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

The Archdiocese of Seattle said Wednesday he won't change his mind about rehiring a Gay vice principal who was fired from Eastside Catholic, a Seattle-area Catholic high school, after school officials learned he had married his same-sex partner.

Social Outreach Seattle
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The Advocate's 2014 'Gayest Cities in America'
The most LGBT-friendly places in America, according to The Advocate's ever-rotating criteria, are some of what you expect, and a lot of what you don't. Link: http://www.advocate.com/print-issue/current-issue/2014/01/06/2014s-gayest-cities-america

January 6, 2013 (LOS ANGELES) - For the fifth year in a row The Advo
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Historic Seattle celebrates 40th anniversary; announces 2014 programs
by Larry Kreisman - Historic Seattle

Get ready for another great Historic Seattle program year! It's our 40th anniversary!

Historic Seattle is proud to offer an outstanding 2014 educational program for lovers of buildings and heritage. Enjoy lectures, visits to private homes, local and out-of-town tours, and s
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Utah tax officials OK joint filing for married same-sex couples
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

The Utah Tax Commission issued a statement January 16 saying that same-sex couples who have been legally married in Utah or any other state may file joint state income tax returns.

It was a reversal of the commission's previous policy that Gay and Lesbian couples may not file jo
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie picks another fight, vetoes Transgender ID bill
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has vetoed a bill to allow Transgender residents of his state to update the gender marker on their birth certificates to match their actual gender identity.

Under exiting New Jersey law, Trans people must complete gender reassignmen
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Texas federal judge rejects anti-Gay brief
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

A federal district judge in Texas has rejected an amicus brief filed by the anti-Gay fundamentalist group Texas Values in the marriage equality lawsuit against the state.

Texas Values 'speaks up for faith, family, and freedom through public policy, grassroots mobilization, and
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GAY CITY ARTS - 'PORTALS TO SPIRITUALITY'
JANUARY 9 - FEBRUARY 9

Join Gay City (517 E. Pike St.) for 'Portals to Spirituality' by Darnita L. Howard.

Through digital fractals and traditional media (acrylics, ink, and photography), Damita L. Howard explores spirituality, nature, love, beauty, and culture.

'Portals to Spirituality' is pre
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Terry McAuliffe re-bans anti-Gay discrimination
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Only hours after being sworn in as Governor of Virginia, Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order banning discrimination against LGBT Virginians.

'By virtue of the authority vested in me as governor, I hereby declare that it is the firm and unwavering policy of the commonweal
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Study finds Gay couples happier than straight ones
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Same-sex couples are more likely to have happy relationships than opposite-sex ones, a new British study found.

A survey of 5,000 British couples published January 14 by Open University was aimed at finding out ways in which couples manage to stay happy through tough times. more
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7,000 French weddings since May 29, 2013
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Seven thousand same-sex couples have married in France since May 29, 2013, when it first became legal, France's National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (INSEE) says. The figure represents about 3% of all French marriages.

About 60% of the marriages involved male
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Google Hangout will highlight educational options during National School Choice Week
by Shaun Knittel - SGN Associate Editor

Digital learning innovator Getting Smart, the International Association for K12 Online Learning, the Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation and Digital Learning Now will host leading online educators and experts in a Google Hangout at 4 p.m., January 28.

The onl
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Kiki with D: Exes can be difficult
by D Smith - SGN Contributing Writer

Dear Kiki with D,

I've been dating this guy, for almost a year and a half. Prior to meeting me, he had a child, with his ex-girlfriend. She ended up cheating on him and they broke up shortly after his son turned 1 - he's 5 now. His son is shared between both of their hou
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