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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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Judge rules against florist who refused services for gay couple’s wedding

Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Barronelle Stutzman
A judge has decided the state of Washington has the authority to bring a consumer protection lawsuit against a florist who refused to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's wedding. [...]

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Judge asked to rule against florist who refused services for gay couple’s wedding

Sunday, December 21, 2014
Arlene's Flowers in Richland, Wash.
The case against Barronelle Stutzman, 68, and her shop, Arlene's Flowers, stems from a complaint that she refused to provide flowers for a same-sex couple's 2013 wedding. [...]

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Attorney who fought ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ dies after bicycle collides with truck

Monday, September 1, 2014
Sher Kung
SEATTLE -- The bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle on Friday has been identified as a well-respected attorney who was part of the American Civil Liberties Union legal team that successfully challenged the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy for gay service members. [...]

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Accused killer says murders of four men were ‘vengeance’ against U.S.

Sunday, August 24, 2014
Ali Muhammad Brown
A Seattle man accused in a nationwide murder spree that has claimed four victims, including two gay men in Seattle, has told investigators that he had launched his own "jihad" against Americans as an act of "vengeance" to retaliate for U.S. military action in the Middle East. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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