So close to Same-sex marriage in Washington!

We are *so* close to having same-sex marriage in the state of Washington! The House Judiciary Committee squeaked the bill by, in a party line 7-6 vote on Monday (I think you can guess which was which). A vote is expected to come from the Senate as early as tomorrow!

The AP also tells us three Republican amendments were rejected, including one that would have allowed private businesses and individuals to the religious exemption clause and allowed people to still discriminate openly.

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Video: Archie Comics’ Gay Wedding

The creative team behind the much-anticipated gay wedding issue of Archie Comics is speaking out about its publication.”Kevin and Clay getting married really is just a reflection of what’s going on in the world today,” Goldwater said. “If you get married in Riverdale, Riverdale accepts everybody, so this was more of an acceptance.”

Reuters also spoke to a number of New Yorkers, none of whom seemed to find fault with the historic issue. One woman even joked: “Now if Betty and Veronica were getting married — that would be even better, right?”

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Suze Orman: Don’t Let Marriage Inequality Stop You From Protecting Your Partner – VIDEO

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Money guru Suze Orman has released a new video on what gay couples can do to financially protect themselves in the absence of marriage.

In the 2-minute Ask The Expert video from NewNowNext, Orman, who is openly gay, reminds legally married couples that they are not completely protected because the federal government does not recognize the marriages of gay and lesbian couples.

“I want you all to listen to me right now, ’cause I really have some news that you need to understand,” Orman said. “Even though your state may say that you can legally get married in that state, the truth of the matter is the federal government does not, does not, and does not recognize it.”

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Developers reject winning design of NYC Aids Memorial Park Competition


Last November was the launch for the NYC AIDS Memorial Park Design Campaign, and the organizers have chosen a winner! First place goes to ‘Infinite Forest’ by studio a+i: Mateo Paiva, Lily Lim, John Thurtle, Insook Kim, Esteban Erlic. The concept has three mirrors making a triangle surrounding white birch trees and focuses more on the abstract without specific reference to names or dates.

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HAM radio operator? Gay? There’s a club for that!

Are you a HAM radio operator?  LGBT? Then this might be the group for you!

I’ve been a licensed Amateur Radio Service operator since 1991.  In that time I’ve been on FM voice in the VHF and UHF bands, on computer-to-computer links via radio (called packet radio), on live television (yes, we can do TV!), GPS map tracking over radio (APRS), and Internet linking that allows me to use a walkie-talkie to communicate almost anywhere in the world! Even McMurdo Station, Antarctica.

All this and shortwave communications around the world are possible to licensed Amateur Radio Operators!  Check out the hobby/service. We’d be glad to have you join us.

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