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July 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Legal proceedings between florist and gay couple continue

Florist’s right to choose should be protected Barronelle Stutzman, owner of Arlene’s Flowers of Richland, cited her relationship with Jesus Christ in declining to provide floral arrangements for the September wedding of two longtime gay customers. Local gay-rights leaders, meanwhile, have been low key in their reaction to the case, even as it has grabbed attention…

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July 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

A big week for the LGBT community

Pride Parade was a chance to celebrate  Married couple Paul Beppler, left, and Terry Gilbert of Seattle, share a kiss during Seattle’s 39th annual Pride Parade. [Bettina Hansen, The Seattle Times.] On the heels of the historic Supreme Court rulings on the Defense Of Marriage Act and today’s re-institution of marriage equality and licenses for same-sex couples…

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June 29, 2013 at 8:00 AM

Supreme Court strikes down Defense of Marriage Act

Supreme Court must defend equality Attorney David Boise (center) speaks while flanked by plantiff couples (from left to right) Paul Katami, Jeff Zarillo, Sandy Steier and Kris Perry after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional at the Supreme Court, June 26, 2013 in Washington, DC. The…

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May 31, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Boy Scouts lift gay ban on Scouts

Don’t discriminate based on sexuality or religion As a heterosexual Cub Scout who never quite made it to a Boy Scout, I congratulate the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) on its vote to allow gay boys to join this commendable organization [“Scouts’ vote on gays met with celebration, sadness,” page one, May 24]. As the proud…

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May 28, 2013 at 7:04 AM

Immigration and gay rights

The two should not be separated I truly believe Thanh Tan in her online blog is trying to be helpful [“Do not exploit gay rights issue to stop immigration reform,” seattletimes.com, May 22]. But this statement undermines her good intentions: “ … now is not the time for any special interest groups to exploit an emotional…

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May 22, 2013 at 7:31 AM

Businesses refuse service to gays

Discrimination is unlawful Florists and bakers seek a religious exemption from the law, allowing them to discriminate based on their feelings about whether gay marriage is acceptable according to their personal religious beliefs [“Hood River, Ore., bakery won’t make cake for lesbians,” seattletimes.com, May 15]. Let’s put this in perspective. White supremacists, past and present, have…

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May 2, 2013 at 7:06 AM

Bill supports discrimination against gays

Leave behind those who are unsupportive and move on I live in Victoria now but I lived for years in Seattle. I legally married my same-sex sweetheart of 34 years 10 years ago in Vancouver, B. C. I have this thought about florists, churches, businesses, etc., that say they support the person but not the lifestyle: Thank…

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April 30, 2013 at 7:37 AM

Bill supports discrimination against gays

Legislation goes against majority opinion Senate Bill 5927 is a blatant attempt by Republicans to circumvent the will of a majority of Washington state voters and pander to their right-wing base in an attempt to garner more extremist voters for the upcoming midterm elections [“Awful bill re-legalizes anti-gay bias,” NWSunday, April 28]. Having said that, Republicans have…

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