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September 18, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Seattle City Council right to opt out of fight over Russian anti-gay laws

Seattle City Council President Sally Clark

Seattle City Council president Sally Clark

It’s mystifying to see Seattle City Council President Sally Clark’s Twitter account has blown up with criticism from gay activists, thanks to an off-hand comment from Mayor Mike McGinn. Mystifying, because Clark, the first openly gay council president, co-sponsored council resolutions in support of same-sex marriage in 2012 and donated to the campaign to affirm its legality. Her record on LGBT issues is rock-solid.

But she became a target nonetheless when she declined McGinn’s offer to sponsor a city council resolution denouncing Russia’s retrograde law criminalizing “homosexual propaganda.” (For background, read this New York Times story).

McGinn suggested the resolution in response to a letter from the Seattle Russian Consul General Andrey Yushmanov, who criticizing the mayor’s participation in a Sept. 3 protest outside Yushmanov’s Madison Park home. “… I would appreciate if you could clarify whether such your (sic) support of the protesters reflects the official position of the authorities of Seattle,” Yushmanov asked in a letter.

When McGinn, in an interview with The Stranger, said Clark had declined to sponsor a council resolution, editorial director Dan Savage (who has 167,000-plus Twitter followers), pounced on Clark as hypocritical.

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Comments | Topics: lgbt, mike mcginn, Seattle City Council

August 26, 2013 at 3:47 PM

Chat rewind: Chelsea Manning, Bradley Manning and transgender rights

A new dimension was added to the criminal case of the soldier sentenced to 35 years in prison for stealing  state secrets last week. The soldier charged and convicted as Bradley Manning announced a desire to be known as a woman named Chelsea. “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to…

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Comments | More in Live chats | Topics: bradley manning, chelsea manning, lgbt

May 22, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Do not exploit gay rights issue to stop immigration reform

The U.S. Senate is on the verge of debating comprehensive immigration reform, and there are signs Republicans and Democrats are cooperating to finally pass a substantial bill.  The Senate Judiciary Committee’s 13-5 decision Monday to send the measure to the floor is a big deal, and though I support equal rights for same-sex couples (and…

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Comments | Topics: congress, defense of marriage, DOMA