Seattle’s Catholic Archbishop Finds Solace in Washington’s Freedom To Marry Law

By: Monday December 17, 2012 9:32 am

In the wake of Washington state voters approving the state’s new civil marriage and religious freedom law, which allows same-sex couples to marry, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has summarized archdiocesan policy regarding same-sex marriage.  From the latest Archdiocese of Seattle Policy Refresher: ARCHDIOCESAN POLICY BASED ON CANON LAW No priest or deacon or lay minister [...]

Decorated Veterans Among The First in Washington State To Receive Marriage Licenses

By: Wednesday December 5, 2012 11:42 pm

In just a few hours at 12:01 am on Thursday, Dec. 6, JP Persall and her partner of 10 years Diana Wickman will become one of the first same-sex couples in Washington state to receive a marriage license. Both women served 22 years in the U.S. Coast Guard, where they met and fell in love. [...]

Couples Can Check “Bride”, “Groom” or “Spouse” on Washington State’s New Certificate of Marriage

By: Friday November 30, 2012 2:12 pm

In advance of same-sex weddings beginning in Washington state on December 9th, the state’s Department of Health has revised the marriage certificate to allow spouses to choose the terms that best apply to them. From the DOH: Marriage certificate changes give options for traditional, same-sex couples New approved form retains “bride” and “groom” and adds [...]

NOM’s Poor Fundraising Performance Extends Into Washington State

By: Friday November 23, 2012 9:33 pm

National Organization for Marriage, which is dedicated to depriving same-sex couples of the freedom to marry in the United States, experienced a sharp decline in contributions between 2010 and 2011. Donations fell from $9.1 million down to $6.2 million, according to public IRS documents. Likewise Preserve Marriage Washington, the NOM-backed group in Washington that opposed [...]

Voters in Rural and Conservative Counties Were Vital to Saving Washington’s Freedom to Marry Law

By: Saturday November 17, 2012 4:35 pm

Here’s what you already know: On Nov. 6, Washington voters affirmed the state’s bipartisan freedom to marry law by voting 53.35% to 46.65% to approve Referendum 74. And with over 78% voter turnout, the electorate has spoken decisively on this matter. Here’s what you may not know: “Approve” voters in counties rejecting the measure overall [...]

What Will You Do With Your Obsolete Washington State Registered Domestic Partnership Card?

By: Sunday November 11, 2012 10:51 am

Now that voters have approved Referendum 74 by a vote of 53.3% to 46.7%, same-sex couples can begin registering for marriage licenses in Washington state on December 6th and start marrying December 9th. Yay! The 9,904 couples already in a Washington State Registered Domestic Partnership have several options. If at least one person in the [...]

Preserve Marriage Washington Accidentally Admits to Being an Astroturfed Campaign in Concession Letter

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 4:59 pm

It’s been no secret that Preserve Marriage Washington was one of National Organization for Marriage’s astroturf campaigns. NOM supplied most of PMW’s staff: PMW’s Campaign Manager Frank Schubert is NOM’s National Political Director; PMW’s Deputy Campaign Manager Chris Plante is Executive Director of NOM Rhode Island; and PMW’s Communications Director Chip White was press secretary [...]

Hundreds Join “Faith Ballot Drop Walk” in Support of Approve 74

By: Sunday November 4, 2012 5:51 pm

Nearly 400 people of faith representing more than a dozen congregations gathered today in Seattle to march in the Faith Ballot Drop Walk. The event culminated in the delivery of completed ballots — all marked “Approved” on Referendum 74 to affirm Washington’s freedom-to-marry law — to the ballot drop box at the King County Administration [...]

It’s Not About Politics, It’s About Family

By: Saturday November 3, 2012 7:14 pm

Three generations of Merle & Barbara Smith-Mosel’s family gather in the family home in Federal Way to talk about how much they want Rachel and her partner Sandy to be able to marry. Today Washington United for Marriage, the broad coalition working to defend the state’s bipartisan marriage law and approve Referendum 74, released this [...]

Who Is More Adorable in This Approve R-74 Ad, Jeff or His Moms?

By: Friday November 2, 2012 2:28 pm

Here’s an excellent new Approve Referendum 74 ad from Washington United for Marriage featuring Jeff DeGroot, a third-year law student at the University of Washington, talking about why marriage matters to him as well as to his two moms. Count them: TWO hockey moms! That’s one lucky kid. To keep Washington’s new freedom-to-marry law on [...]

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