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Geoffrey McGrath

Boy Scouts revokes church charter for refusing to oust openly gay Scoutmaster

Monday, April 21, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America said it has revoked a Seattle-area church's charter because its troop leader is openly gay. [ Read more → ]
Geoff McGrath

Seattle mayor, city council back ousted gay Scoutmaster

Thursday, April 10, 2014
SEATTLE -- Seattle's mayor and City Council have thrown their support behind a Boys Scouts troop leader in Seattle whose membership in the Boys Scouts of America was revoked last month because he is gay. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Pro-LGBT church: Boy Scouts violating our religious freedom by ousting gay Scoutmaster

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
SEATTLE -- The pastor of an LGBT-welcoming church says the Boy Scouts of America is infringing on her church's religious freedom in its efforts to oust their openly gay Scoutmaster. [ Read more → ]
Geoffrey McGrath

Gay Scoutmaster refuses to step down, church stands by his decision

Monday, April 7, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America may have revoked his membership, but openly gay Scoutmaster Geoffrey McGrath is continuing his role as a leader with the support of his church. [ Read more → ]
Elaine Thompson, APGeoff McGrath points out an "inclusive scouting" badge worn on his Boy Scout scoutmaster uniform shirt for the Seattle troop he led, Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Bellevue, Wash. The Boys Scouts of America has removed McGrath, an openly gay troop leader, after saying he made an issue out of his sexual orientation.

Boy Scouts oust first openly gay Scoutmaster since welcoming gay youth

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Boy Scouts of America on Monday booted an openly gay Scoutmaster, believed to be the first openly gay leader to be ousted since the BSA voted last year to accept openly gay scouts, but maintain a ban on gay and lesbian leaders. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Trujillo, seattlepi.com (AP)Former Eastside Catholic High School Vice Principal Mark Zmuda attends a news conference in downtown Seattle on Friday, March 7, 2014 to announce a discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and the Archdiocese of Seattle.

Gay former vice-principal sues Catholic school for wrongful termination

Thursday, March 6, 2014
A gay vice principal who was forced out of his job at Eastside Catholic School filed a discrimination and wrongful termination lawsuit against the school and church on Friday. Lawyers for the church and school planned to respond immediately with a motion arguing King County Superior Court does not have jurisdiction to hear the case without violating the First Amendment. [ Read more → ]

Washington state to convert same-sex domestic partnerships to marriage

Monday, February 17, 2014
SEATTLE — Washington state plans to convert thousands of same-sex domestic partners into married couples on June 30, if they haven't gotten married on their own or dissolved their union by then. [ Read more → ]
Washington state capitol in Olympia.

Bill to prohibit conversion therapy on LGBT youth passes Washington House

Friday, February 14, 2014
OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state House on Thursday approved a bill aimed at prohibiting health care providers from performing controversial gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth. [ Read more → ]
FacebookMusab Mohamed Masmari

Seattle police make arrest in New Year’s Eve arson at gay nightclub

Saturday, February 1, 2014
SEATTLE — A 30-year-old man suspected of starting a fire at a crowded Seattle nightclub on New Year's Eve has been arrested, police said Saturday. [ Read more → ]
Seattle Times Mitchell Munro Taylor

Man charged in making death threats to gay mayor, socialist council member

Saturday, January 25, 2014
SEATTLE -- A 32-year-old Seattle man accused of posting threats on Facebook against Seattle's openly gay mayor and a socialist City Council member has been charged with malicious harassment, felony harassment and two counts of cyberstalking. [ Read more → ]
Mark Zmuda

Catholic school says it won’t rehire gay administrator who married partner

Friday, January 24, 2014
SEATTLE -- A Catholic school in a Seattle suburb says it won't rehire gay Vice-Principal Mark Zmuda, who was forced out in December after his same-sex marriage. [ Read more → ]
Sister Mary E. Tracy, SNJM

Catholic school leader who ousted gay vice principal resigns

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SEATTLE -- The president of a Catholic school in Washington state who allegedly fired a gay vice principal becuase he married his same-sex partner, then suggested he divorce to keep his job, has resigned in the aftermath of the turmoil that followed that decision. [ Read more → ]
Mitchell Munro Taylor

Man held in threatening Seattle’s openly gay mayor, socialist council member

Saturday, January 18, 2014
SEATTLE -- A 32-year-old man accused of threatening Seattle's openly gay mayor and a socialist City Council member in Facebook postings was ordered held in jail Friday on $600,000 bail. [ Read more → ]
Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.

After much prayer, church stands by decision to oust gay administrator

Wednesday, January 15, 2014
SEATTLE -- The Archdiocese of Seattle said Wednesday it won't change its mind about rehiring a gay vice principal who was encouraged to leave a Seattle-area Catholic high school after school officials learned he had married his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]
Stephanie Merrow (right) and Jenny Frazier

Catholic school that forced out gay administrator keeps lesbian music coach

Friday, January 10, 2014
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- A part-time musical coach at a Catholic school in Washington state who recently announced she is engaged to her same-sex partner said Thursday the school has given her a new employment agreement as an independent contractor. [ Read more → ]
Stephanie Merrow (right) and Jenny Frazier

2nd instructor at Seattle Catholic school fears dismissal over planned wedding

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
SEATTLE -- A part-time musical coach at a Catholic school in Washington state said Tuesday she is engaged to her same-sex partner and is nervous about how school leaders will handle the news after they forced out a vice principal who married his partner. [ Read more → ]
Mark Zmuda (right) and husband Dana Jergens.

Gay educator says Catholic school suggested he divorce to keep his job

Monday, January 6, 2014
SEATTLE -- A former vice principal at a Catholic school said he was fired for marrying his male partner and that the school's leader suggested he could get a divorce to keep the job. [ Read more → ]
KOMO-TVNeighbors bar, Seattle.

Investigators say New Year’s Eve fire at Seattle gay nightclub was arson

Thursday, January 2, 2014
SEATTLE -- Police and fire investigators said Thursday that a New Year Eve's fire at a popular Seattle gay nightclub was most likely arson. [ Read more → ]
Joshua Trukillo, SeattlePI.com (AP)

Catholic students rally to protest ‘forced’ departure of gay vice-principal

Saturday, December 21, 2013
SEATTLE — Students at a Seattle-area Catholic school are gaining national attention for their protest over the forced departure of a gay vice principal. [ Read more → ]

Students walk out in protest of ‘forced’ resignation of gay Catholic school official

Thursday, December 19, 2013
SAMMAMISH, Wash. -- Hundreds of students at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish, Wash., walked out Thursday to protest the resignation of a vice principal they say was forced out because he recently married his same-sex partner. [ Read more → ]

Same-sex weddings account for 17% of marriages in Washington state

Thursday, December 5, 2013
SEATTLE -- Same-sex weddings made up 17 percent of marriages in Washington this past year, the first year gay marriages were legal in the state, state officials reported Wednesday. [ Read more → ]

Nation’s largest rail carriers to offer health care benefits to same-sex spouses

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
SEATTLE — The nation’s largest freight rail carriers announced Wednesday they will provide health care benefits to the same-sex spouses of their employees, one day after legally married, gay engineers filed a federal lawsuit in Seattle. [ Read more → ]
Ted S. Warren, APMichael Hall (left), a locomotive engineer, is suing BNSF Railway, saying his husband Eli (right) has repeatedly been denied health benefits even though same-sex marriage is legal in Washington state.

Two same-sex couples sue BNSF Railway over denied health benefits

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
SEATTLE -- Two workers sued one of the nation's largest rail companies Tuesday, saying their same-sex spouses have repeatedly been denied health benefits even though voters in Washington state legalized gay marriage last year. [ Read more → ]
Ed Murray

Ed Murray to become Seattle’s first openly gay mayor

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
SEATTLE — The leader of Washington state's effort to legalize same-sex marriage is poised to become the next mayor of Seattle. [ Read more → ]
Quincy Tuttle

Boy who planned to shoot student who called his friend ‘gay’ remains in custody

Saturday, October 26, 2013
VANCOUVER, Wash. — A middle school student who took a gun and ammunition to school with the intent to shoot another boy that he thought was bullying his friend, will remain in juvenile detention at least until Tuesday while a mental evaluation continues. [ Read more → ]
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