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11/30/2012

Audio: Ken Hutcherson again accuses 'lily white' NOM of racism

This is getting really damming. Here in a year when the National Organization For Marriage was found to be deliberating "driving a wedge between blacks and gays," African-American pastor Ken Hutcherson, one of the most vocally anti-LGBT people in this...

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10/03/2012

Audio: Other side's four-state conference call

I just got off a conference call, which I will now share with you. What to expect: A whole lot of talk about "protecting God's design," even though all four campaigns are fighting *CIVIL* equality. At one point Carroll Conley...

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09/25/2012

In which ActRight and Preserve Marriage Washington feign disinterested party status

The overtly partisan ActRight enterprise is Brian Brown's operation. Brian Brown is also, of course, the head of the National Organization for Marriage. The National Organization For Marriage is a coalition partner in the so-called Preserve Marriage Washington effort. NOM's...

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09/24/2012

Preserve Marriage Washingon head proudly denigrates gay families

The so-called Preserve Marriage Washington coalition has placed the National Organization For Marriage's Chris Plante front and center in their campaign to rollback civil marriage equality. PMW just posted a new photo of Plante meeting with local Chinese leaders: Despite...

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09/10/2012

Preserve [hypocrisy] Washington

The "pro-family" crowd's capacity for hypocrisy knows no bounds: Just to recap: Marriage equality for same-sex couples is something that fairly passed through Washington state's people-elected legislature. The legislatively approved bill was then signed by the people-elected Governor. It could,...

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08/20/2012

Marriage is great poverty fighter, says WA group fighting to take away certain citizens' marriage rights

From the Facebook wall of the group hoping to take away equal marriage rights in Washington state: [Preserve Marriage Washington] Support equality. Support families. Approve R-74!

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08/06/2012

And now in news about $$ we could direct to actual threats if social cons. would stop playing games w/ certain humans' lives…

The Human Rights Campaign is chipping in $250k to each of the four states (Maryland, Maine, Minnesota, Washington) where we face ballot fights this fall: $1 million for gay marriage efforts [Politico] This figure will likely climb higher before November,...

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07/20/2012

#GLAADCAP goes local; launches with Maine

New York, NY, July 20, 2012 - GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti- defamation organization, today announced the addition of several anti-gay activists to the Commentator Accountability Project (CAP), focused on states that...

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07/18/2012

Preserve Marriage Washington staffer: Pray 'against the powers of darkness', 'that the enemy would lose his hold'

Bethany Speier, who is employed by the Preserve Marriage Washington campaign, lays out her thoughts on what the fight to repeal CIVIL marriage equality is really all about: You probably already know, but this is the second week of my...

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What is Vanalstine Enterprises and why is so little known?

If one ventures over the public disclosure site for the state of Washington, one will see that the coalition hoping to take away certain citizens' fairly granted civil rights paid a form $14k+ for the purposes of signature gathering: [Protect...

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06/28/2012

Methodist pastor Melvin Woodworth: Equality in WA is 'right thing to do'

Rev. Melvin Woodworth uses his religious freedom to speak out in support of civil fairness:

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06/06/2012

Equality in Washington, if you APPROVE

With the ballot battle that we'd always known would happen now confirmed, Slog offers a key reminder for folks engaging in the fight to preserve equality in Washington state: Here's a quick reminder on the way a referendum works: It...

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05/24/2012

WA equality combatants wanted mad rush, are settling for slow trickle

While acknowledging that the National Organization For Marriage/Preserve Marriage Washington team will likely get the 120,577 signatures they need to put marriage on the ballot (because most any campaign can), Laurel Ramseyer notes a compelling facet of that current effort....

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04/16/2012

Don't be fooled—WA's two anti-equality teams are in same bed

Publicly, there's been a bit of a disconnect between the Preserve Marriage Washington coalition, which the National Organization For Marriage is heading up, and the much more openly anti-LGBT Protect Marriage Washington, whose top guiders have compared Washington's Governor to...

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03/16/2012

The war on the fairly-elected legislature's fairly-passed bills: Washington edition

It's bad enough (rabidly awful, actually) that some of our fellow citizens continue to work so hard to put our civil rights onto a direct ballot. But there's something extra unsavory in the undercurrent of these kinds of campaigns, where...

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03/12/2012

Audio: As usual, Wash. 'marriage protector' proves fight's about much more than marriage

Shahram Hadian is running for Governor of Washington state. He's also joined forces with longtime anti-gay activist Ken Hutcherson and local attorney (and Attorney General candidate) Stephen Pidgeon for an initiative designed to both overturn the state's recently-passed marriage law...

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03/08/2012

FYI, FPI: There are only negatives attached to your planned WA vote

I just want to correct the Family Policy Institute of Washington (self-declared) on something. In a post entitled 'Keep the streak alive," FPIW says of the potentially marriage-banning referendum they are pushing on the state: If we are successful, it...

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02/23/2012

Ken Hutcherson: The off-message messenger who's gonna win us Washington state

I've always said that longtime gay rights opponent Ken Hutcherson is going to be a liability to his side's effort(s) to put marriage equality on the ballot in Washington state. But honestly, the Initiative/Referendum Q&A he just posted on the...

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02/13/2012

Stand For Marriage Washington vs. 'death', 'darkness', 'heinous' 'tyranny'

This from the Facebook wall of Stand For Marriage Washington, the coalition hoping to put equality on the 2012 ballot: [SOURCE: S4MW Facebook] Well they certainly have the hyperbole down pat. When it comes to the deceptive PR campaign that...

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02/10/2012

WA 'values' guy questions our ability to reason; I see his queries and raise him the 'God Made Adam & Eve, not Adam & Steve' sign I saw at his recent rally

He uses this graphic: He uses this headline: The Death of Reason And he uses lines like following: "…[A] body of legislators who have, presumably, told their own children that "I want it"is not a reason, have been completely bamboozled...

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02/06/2012

Audio: So what's the reason you play *political* football, Pastor Hutcherson?

I really can't understand the strategic thinking that underlies Ken Hutcherson's claim that "the only reason [he] played football was so [he] could hurt white people." I've heard him make similar comments in the past, and they always make me...

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Pro-equality Repubs commit political treason, suggests man who compared his governor to presidential assassin

Rev. Ken "Gov. Gregoire is like John Wilkes Booth" Hutcherson is personally offended by the recent marriage vote in his state's Senate. Why? Well, because the four Republicans who voted their consciences on the matter personally stabbed him in the...

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02/03/2012

The Stand For Marriage Washington team: Whose more obvious animus will get cold shoulder?

According to the Washington Conservative Coalition, this is the (highly GOP) assortment that's coming together to put marriage on the Evergreen State's ballot: [Stand For Marriage Washington] What will be interesting to see is how many of these players get...

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01/24/2012

Concerned Women for [Plying Legislators with Baked Goods]

When strong arguments fail, there are always pastries: Dear CWA of Washington Member, CWA of Washington spent a very productive day in Olympia last week! First, we co-sponsored the Citizen Activists Workshop, and then we delivered 298 homemade cookies to...

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01/23/2012

Washington *this* close to ruining NOM's month; joins those poss. poised (NJ? MD?) to ruin NOM's winter

Word on the street is that Washington state now officially has the numbers to pass a marriage bill: Washington State Has The Votes to Pass Marriage Equality Bill [Towle]

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WA: NOM vows to treat civil rights like popularity contest

They've already vowed to oust any Republicans who vote for equality. Now this: Olympia, WA — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today pledged to work with allies in Washington State to mount a referendum campaign to ensure that voters...

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How connected is Ken 'I evoke the name of assassins' Hutcherson?

So earlier this morning, I told you about Pastor Ken Hutcherson comparing his state's governor to presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth. But then after posting, I realized that some of you might listen to the sheer nuttiness of his comments...

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Because why shouldn't a 'values' guy link his governor to a presidential assassin?

One of Washington state's longest, most vocal, and most conserva-connected (see image at left) critics of marriage equality, Pastor Ken Hutcherson, has this year chosen to go from hysterical to historical. Check out what he's now saying about the state's...

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01/19/2012

Microsoft X's right box, comes out for marriage equality

Major companies like Microsoft and NIke are building on the momentum already underway in Washington state, giving a healthy boost to marriage equality's chances there: Microsoft, Vulcan, other companies support gay marriage [Seattle Times] No surprise that Microsoft has joined...

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NOM's Peters shocked to hear what his own org. routinely dishes

In a post wherein he declares openly gay Washington state Rep. Jamie Pedersen the "jerk of the week" for pointing out the harms of civil discrimination that people like me, you, and Jamie know all-too-well, the National Organization For Marriage's...

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Yet another state Catholic Conf. issues yet another 'marriage is only what we say it is' missive

This one from Washington state: Legislation has been introduced in Washington State to change the current law defining marriage. The present law states: “marriage is a civil contract between a male and a female…” This same law also prohibits marriage...

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01/18/2012

Those silly, self-centered 'forced wedding' claims: Wash. edition

Most of the time, the more honest members of our organized opposition will even admit that claims about churches being forced to marry gay couples are far-fetched, at best. That's why you hear groups like NOM focusing on (and misrepresenting)...

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NOM, constant critic of 'out of state cash', ponies up a little more

It's always interesting to see how much money NOM will promise to any given state. New York got a two million dollar vow, while Jersey is again standing in NY's shadow with only a $500k offer. Other states like Maryland...

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01/12/2012

CWA = Conning Washington Aggressively

To undermine pro-equality movement in Washington state, the Concerned Women For America are returning to familiar territory. This from CWA of Washington's Maureen Richardson: Gov. Gregoire issued a statement on January 4, 2012, saying it is time for marriage equality...

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01/11/2012

Washington marriage equality: Future's so bright, usual suspects sure to throw shade

Great news out of Washington state, where the Associated Press is reporting that the legislature is close to having enough votes to pass a marriage equality bill: AP: Gay marriage within reach in Wash. Legislature [AP via Seattle Times] This...

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03/30/2011

Gay? Married? Visiting Washington state? Then less baggage could be in your future!

In Washington state, strong domestic partnerships are legal. And thanks to legislative action (28-19 in Sen., 58-39 in House), the state is now one step closer to affording that same level of recognition to all out-of-state unions: WA Legislature OKs...

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06/26/2010

Needle gets some colorful threads

A Pride Flag is currently flying over the Space Needle. Which is pretty damn fantastic if you ask us: Rainbow flag flying proudly over Seattle's Space Needle [PHB] Now if only the city of New York would accept our petition...

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06/24/2010

Transparency WIN

Breaking from the AP: WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court says people who signed a petition to repeal Washington state's gay rights law do not have the right to keep their names secret from the public. Court refuses to keep petitioner...

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04/29/2010

Audio: Stand by your ban

Since even the uber-conservative Antonin Scalia seemed unsympathetic to their case, Concerned Women For America president Wendy Wright sounds pretty much convinced that her side is going to lose their attempt to have Washington state''s anti-equality petition signer's shielded from...

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11/30/2009

Video: Saying anything they can to reach preconceived ending

The Family Policy Institute of Washington lost its recent anti-domestic partnerships fight by waging one of the most over-the-top, faith-based, wantonly hostile campaigns in recent memory. Now that it's on the record books, FPIW is trying a new approach. Namely:...

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11/02/2009

To do: Vote as if your rights depended on it!

Considering that tomorrow's Washington state election is an entirely vote-by-mail affair (with postmarks needing to be on or before Nov. 3), the good and fair-minded folks at the APPROVE 71 campaign are taking a teensy little moment to remind you:...

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10/27/2009

Video: 'I believe you're born thinking gays don't have the right to get married'

The Word-Don't Ask Don't Tell [Colbert] APPROVE 71!

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10/21/2009

Video: Approve 71 -- simple, firm, and Strong

Charlene Strong: Approve Referendum 71

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10/20/2009

Video: 'Where at least I [should] know I'm free [but some won't let that happen]

This video was recently posted to the official website of Washingon's Reject R-71 campaign: Let us repeat: Washington's OFFICIAL campaign to roll back domestic partnerships is using this video on their website. This comically amateur, completely unscientific, deeply offensive, kid/Lee...

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10/16/2009

Dear Obama admin: Can we too have a decoder (and wedding) ring?

Well, it's something: In response to an inquiry from The Advocate, the White House issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama’s position on anti-gay voter referenda in Maine and Washington. “The President has long opposed divisive and discriminatory efforts...

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10/12/2009

Video: Washingtonians: Do you want to directly assault these two lives?

In all of the craziness that was this weekend, we didn't get a chance to show you the Approve 71 campaign's sweet and powerful new TV spot. So here ya go: Simple, direct, and real. And about as pro-family as...

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10/08/2009

Audio: What their ads do for fear, ours do for love

APPROVE 71!

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10/07/2009

With 'quotes' like this, who needs fiction?

If you're a regular reader of this site, you might know about David Benkof, the gay man who opposes gay rights, and who sometimes writes columns in which he states his self-denying case. And you might also remember how, back...

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10/05/2009

Video: Reclaiming 'protection'

"Protect" is a word that the anti-gay forces have been throwing around for years, in order to describe the kids, customs, rights, protections, jobs, oxygen, potable water, peanut M&Ms, etc. that we gay folk are supposedly hijacking. But now Equal...

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Video: Uhm, is WA voting on domestic partnerships or communion wafers?!

In Washington state, our opposition isn't even trying to hide their wholly religious reasons for rejecting CIVIL domestic partnerships: The biggest shock? That Adam & Eve have such '70s era hair! We really had no clue that Farrah Fawcett and...

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