Washington (State)

Washington is the 42nd U.S. state, admitted to the Union on November 11, 1889. Its most populous city is Seattle and its capital is Olympia.

Marriage Equality: Same-sex marriage became legal in Washington state on December 6, 2012 under a bill approved in the legislature, signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire on February 13, 2012, and subsequently approved by voters in a referendum held on November 6, 2012.

For information on state laws relating to LGBT rights, discrimination, hate crimes and adoption, click here.

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Seattle nightclub arsonist sentenced to 10 years in federal prison

| Thursday, July 31, 2014
Musab Masmari
SEATTLE -- A man who set fire to a crowded Seattle nightclub on New Year's Eve has been sentenced to 10 years in prison — twice what prosecutors asked. No one was injured when 31-year-old Musab Mohammed Masmari ignited gasoline in a stairwell at Neighbors, a gay nightclub, where more than 700 people were celebrating the holiday...

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Suspect in ‘execution-style’ murders of two Seattle gay men captured in N.J.

| Monday, July 21, 2014
Ali Muhammad Brown
SEATTLE -- The suspect in the murder of two gay men in Seattle last month has been arrested in New Jersey, according to Seattle police. Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, was taken into custody in West Orange, N.J. on Friday. No additional details about the arrest have been provided. Earlier this month, prosecutors in King County, Wash., filed aggravated murder charges ...

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Iraq war veteran alleges he was kicked out of taxi for kissing his boyfriend

| Thursday, July 10, 2014
TACOMA, Wash. -- An Iraq war veteran says he and his boyfriend were kicked out of a Tacoma, Wash., taxi on July 4 after the couple exchanged a kiss.Eric Williams says he and his boyfriend Diego were in the cab for just a few minutes when they kissed — he describes it as “a peck” — prompting an objection by the cab driver...

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Suspect in ‘execution-style’ murders of two Seattle gay men may be in N.J.

| Thursday, July 3, 2014
Ali Muhammad Brown
SEATTLE — Prosecutors in King County, Wash., have filed aggravated murder charges against a transient accused of the June 1 execution-style shooting deaths of two young Seattle men shortly after they left a gay nightclub. Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole says police are working with law enforcement in New Jersey, where 29-year-old Ali Muhammad Brown...

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Wash. registered domestic partners become legally married

| Monday, June 30, 2014
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Thousands of registered domestic partners have begun the week as married couples in the eyes of the state, under a component of Washington's same-sex marriage law that was approved by voters in 2012. A provision of that law converts all same-sex domestic partnerships -- in which both partners are under 62 years old -- to marriage on Monday.

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Starbucks celebrates LGBT pride with huge rainbow flag atop Seattle HQ

| Monday, June 23, 2014
The rainbow pride flag atop the Starbucks headquarters in Seattle on Monday, Jne 23, 2014.
SEATTLE -- Starbucks celebrated the opening of LGBT Pride week in Seattle on Monday by hoisting an 800 square foot rainbow pride flag over its Seattle headquarters. "A gesture as simple as flying a flag might not seem like much on face, but it represents another step forward for the LGBT community as companies all around Seattle ...

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One man in custody, another on the run in Seattle homicide of two gay men

| Saturday, June 7, 2014
Ali Muhammed Brown is wanted in the slayings of two gay men in Seattle.
SEATTLE -- One man is in custody and another suspect is on the run in last weekend's double homicide of two gay men in Seattle's Central District. Dwone Anderson-Young, 23, and Ahmed Said, 27, were fatally shot in the early morning hours on Sunday, June 1. Both victims are believed to have been gay.

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Washington state reinforces insurance parity requirement for gay spouses

| Thursday, June 5, 2014
Washington state officials are reminding companies in the state that health benefits must be provided to same-sex spouses if they are provided to heterosexual spouses. The state issued a joint letter Thursday to the state's employers, insurance companies and benefit plan administrators regarding health care benefits for same-sex married couples.

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Judge allows gay administrator’s lawsuit against Catholic school to go forward

| Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Mark Zmuda
SEATTLE -- A lawsuit against a Washington state Catholic high school that fired an openly gay administrator after he married his same-sex partner can move forward, a judge has ruled.

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Yu recites oath, becomes first openly gay justice on Wash. state Supreme Court

| Tuesday, May 20, 2014
New Washington state Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu recites an oath during her swearing-in to the bench Tuesday, May 20, 2014, in Olympia, Wash. Yu, a former King County Superior Court judge, was sworn in as the newest member of the court, marking the first time the high court has had an openly gay justice.
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Mary Yu was sworn in as the newest member of the Washington state Supreme Court on Tuesday, marking the first time the high court has had an openly gay justice.

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