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June 26, 2013 at 9:03 AM

Local reaction to Supreme Court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act

Here is a collection of responses to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that strikes down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act. Washington State Sen. Ed Murray, prime sponsor of Washington’s same-sex marriage law: “Today’s historic decisions by the United States Supreme Court overturning DOMA and dismissing the challenge to marriage equality in California are…

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June 26, 2013 at 6:41 AM

Wednesday Memo: Shot Pasco teen dies … Pacific mayor out … Flip flops Friday

National Weather Service forecast Sad news out of the Tri-Cities: A 15-year-old and his buddies were playing with a gun in Pasco several days ago when the gun went off, striking the boy in the head. Guns accidentally kill people. KNDO has the story. Bad news for Pacific mayor, good news for opponents:…

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February 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

Washington, other states defend same-sex marriage in Supreme Court cases

Washington has joined more than a dozen states defending same-sex marriage in a pair of landmark cases to be argued before the U.S. Supreme Court next month.

The states on Thursday filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting a decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals striking down California’s Proposition 8, which outlawed same-sex marriage in that state four years ago.

Their second brief, expected to be filed Friday, supports a 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals decision that found the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.

“Washington has a clear interest in supporting marriage equality and in ensuring the federal government respects marriages that are valid under Washington law,” Attorney General Bob Ferguson said in a statement.

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