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February 14, 2015 at 7:06 AM

Same-sex couples account for 1 in 6 Washington weddings

In a nod to Valentine’s Day, I asked the Washington Department of Health if they’d share a rather romantic statistic with me: Their most up-to-date numbers on same-sex marriage. They gave me a scoop: From Dec. 6, 2012 — the date our same-sex marriage law went into effect — through June 30, 2014, 11,825 gay couples were married in Washington. That…

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December 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Same-sex couples now account for 1 in 6 Washington weddings

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, and her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen of West Seattle, hold the very first same-sex marriage license issued in King County on December 6, 2012.  (Photo: BETTINA HANSEN/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Jane Abbott Lighty, left, and her partner of 35 years, Pete-e Petersen of West Seattle, hold the very first same-sex marriage license issued in King County on December 6, 2012. (Photo: BETTINA HANSEN/THE SEATTLE TIMES)

Today is the one-year anniversary of Washington’s same-sex marriage law.  To mark the occasion, the state Department of Health has released marriage statistics gathered from the date the law took effect — Dec. 6, 2012 — through the end of September, date of most recent available numbers.

In that time, 7,071 gay couples tied the knot. That’s 17 percent of the total 42,408 new marriages, or one out of six.

Of the same-sex marriages, 62 percent were between two women.  No  surprise, King County had the most same-sex weddings — 3,452 — followed, in order, by Clark, Pierce, Snohomish and Thurston counties.

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November 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Seattle has lowest rate of unwed motherhood among U.S. big cities

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If you had to pick one U.S. state that has the least in common with Seattle, Utah would be as good a choice as any.

Utah is as conservative as Seattle is liberal. While Utah voters are considered the most Republican in the nation, here in Seattle it appears we just elected a socialist to our City Council.

And Utah is famously religious — second only to Mississippi for the percentage of pious residents, according to a Gallup poll.  Seattle, in contrast, ranks in the top-three most secular U.S. places in a recent survey of religious affiliation.

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April 17, 2013 at 6:00 AM

How do folks who buy flowers feel about gay marriage?

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Why would a business owner turn away paying customers in these hard economic times?  For one Washington florist, it’s because of Jesus.

Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers and Gifts in Richland, refused to create floral arrangements for the wedding of a same-sex couple because of what she said was her “relationship with Jesus Christ.”  Now she’s being sued by the state for discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation, which is illegal in Washington.

Since Jesus never speaks specifically about homosexuality in the Bible, how he might have felt about gay marriage is a matter of conjecture.

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March 21, 2013 at 6:10 AM

Support for gay marriage: How does Seattle rank?

The results of two national polls showing growing acceptance of same-sex marriage were released this week.   But we certainly don’t need a poll to tell us that the Seattle area supports marriage equality — after all, we voted for it.  In last November’s election, Referendum 74 to approve same-sex marriage passed by 67 percent in King County and 53 percent in Snohomish County.

But just how strong is our level of support compared with other parts of the country?

In surveys of more than 200,000 Americans conducted between October 2011 and September 2012 — slightly before voters here approved Ref. 74 — the Seattle area ranked sixth out of 79 metropolitan areas for the percentage of adults who showed some level of support for gay marriage.

The map below illustrates the metro areas with the 10 highest and 10 lowest levels of support.  Roll your mouse over the circles to see the data:

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