NOM’s Figurehead Joseph Backholm Muzzles Other Washington Locals

By: Thursday February 16, 2012 3:30 pm

As if to confirm my recent observations, Gary Randall reports that Washington, D.C.-based National Organization for Marriage (NOM) has selected Joseph Backholm of Family Policy Institute of Washington to run their remote-control operation in Washington, and has muzzled other local leaders in the anti-gay industry. Taking issue with Joseph Backholm’s power-grabbing solo filing of Referendum [...]

A special message from Governor Gregoire

By: Monday February 13, 2012 9:32 pm

Here’s to equality! – A special message from Governor Gregoire: Dear Friends- I wish I could join every celebration tonight. In my time as Governor, today was one of my proudest days. Today at noon, I signed the bill making marriage equality a reality in Washington state. I was happy to share that moment with [...]

Gov. Gregoire Signing Washington Marriage Equality Bill Today, but When Will it Become Law?

By: Monday February 13, 2012 1:00 pm

In an historic moment in the movement for LGBT equality, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will sign the marriage equality bill into law today at 11:30AM Pacific time! Watch live coverage here and here. Update: Video of the speeches and signing ceremony is below. Today Washington becomes the 7th state to allow gay and lesbian couples [...]

Personal Experiences With Racism Gave Legislators Insight Into Another Form of Prejudice

By: Saturday February 11, 2012 10:08 pm

Homophobia and racism are not the same thing, but they share a common root in prejudice and are sometimes expressed in similar ways: social ostracization, beatings, killings, barriers to work, education, housing and public places. The intensity of discrimination endured by the various categories of people facing prejudice may not always be the same, but [...]

“My ninety-one year old mother has asked me to take this vote”

By: Friday February 10, 2012 6:19 pm

This one really hit home so the only introduction I’ll make to this video is to say that it is every LGBT kid’s dream to be embraced by such a loving family and into such a welcoming home like the one created by Rep. Sam Hunt (D-Olympia) and his wife Charlene. Rep. Hunt delivered this [...]

Rep. Maureen Walsh (R): Some day, by God, I wanna throw a wedding for that kid!

By: Thursday February 9, 2012 6:35 pm

Washington state Rep. Maureen Walsh (R-Walla Walla) defies the rules that National Organization for Marriage would have you believe are unbreakable. She is a Republican representing a district where the majority of voters opposed even domestic partnerships, so if she is to get re-elected she must set aside her knowledge of what she knows is [...]

Washington Legislature Is First in the Nation to Reverse its DOMA Mistake and Pass a Marriage Equality Bill

By: Wednesday February 8, 2012 6:27 pm

Correction: In 2009 the Maine legislature did what Washington’s just did – dump their DOMA and replace with a marriage equality law. A NOM-backed referendum rolled back Maine’s new law before it could be enacted. Washington will be the first state to replace DOMA with a marriage equality law if equality advocates succeed in defending [...]

Rep. Deb Eddy Speaks Out as a Christian Supporter of Marriage Equality

By: Monday February 6, 2012 7:38 pm

Frequently the religious opponents of marriage equality speak as if their personal religious beliefs are universal. For example, Shahram Hadian made the following claim before the Washington state House Judiciary Committee today in his testimony against the Washington marriage equality bill: This bill is discriminatory to the entire Christian community. Mr. Hadian, a Republican candidate [...]

Pastor Hutcherson: “I played football so I could hurt white people legally”

By: Monday February 6, 2012 2:34 pm

Today Ken Hutcherson testified against Washington’s marriage equality bill before the Washington state House Judiciary Committee. Hutcherson is a pastor at Antioch Bible Church outside Seattle, Washington. We can all be grateful for Pastor Hutcherson coming forward to testify because, as the official spokesperson for the coalition opposing Washington’s marriage equality bill, he helps the [...]

Dramedy Queen Gold from Family Policy Institute of Washington

By: Friday February 3, 2012 8:30 pm

Comedy gold tonight from Family Policy Institute of Washington, one of NOM’s local front groups. This comes from an Action Alert written by Mr. John Geiss. My, my, someone’s inner drama queen was just screaming to get out. After the Washington State Senate passed the same-sex marriage bill by a vote of 28-21 on Wednesday, [...]

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