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Thousands Expected at Washington Capitol as First Hearings on Marriage Equality Begin

The first hearings over the marriage equality legislation introduced by Governor Chris Gregoire are scheduled for today at Washington's Capitol in Olympia, and thousands on both sides are expected to rally, the Seattle Times reports:

WashingtonStand for Marriage Washington — a loosely organized coalition of conservative lawmakers, well-known evangelical pastors, the Tri-City Tea Party and the Constitution Party of Washington — predicts as many as 10,000 people will flood the Capitol for a noontime rally in opposition to gay marriage.

"We have to create among these legislators a belief that they will lose their jobs if they vote to redefine this law," said Joseph Backholm, of Washington Family Policy Institute, a member of the coalition. "We have to convince them to be more afraid of us than of the other side."

HutchersonStand for Marriage Washington has appointed longtime equality foe Pastor Ken Hutcherson to lead the charge against the bill. Said Hutcherson: “Stand for Marriage will be in full force in Olympia on January 23. This process by legislators to legalize same sex marriage will not be as easy as they think it will be.”

The legislation is currently just one vote shy of having the votes needed to pass, and the bill's sponsor in the Senate, Ed Murray, D-Seattle, remains unsure of having it. He told the ST that "there's a good chance he'll try to bring the bill up for a floor vote without knowing if he has the necessary 25 votes for passage."

The paper adds that the timeline will be fairly swift:

Once the hearings are over, the bills could move out of committee by Thursday in the Senate and by Jan. 30 in the House. The chairmen of both committees said they have the votes they need. The House bill is also expected to go through the House Ways and Means Committee. It's not clear if the Senate's measure will go through Senate Ways and Means.

Gay-marriage advocates say the earliest the bills could get floor votes would be the first part of February.

NOM has pledged $250,000 in funds to fight marriage equality from happening in Washington state.

I've reposted Governor Gregoire's amazing speech introducing the bill, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Pastor Ken Hutcherson's Reptilian DOMA Warning


Anti-gay marriage crusader Pastor Ken Hutcherson has a warning for you about DOMA.

"DOMA is like the pet cobra who has seven owners, and every owner he has bitten and they have died. And all of a sudden this cobra shows up at your house, and asks you to be its new owner..."



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Anti-Gay Activist Pastor Ken Hutcherson Married Rush Limbaugh Before Elton John Entertained

Elton John's husband David Furnish spoke to People about Elton's invitation and acceptance to sing at Rush Limbaugh's wedding.

John_limbaugh Said Furnish: "To put it in Elton's exact words, when he got the invitation, he was 'a little surprised...And then, when it turned out to be a genuinely sincere invitation … Elton said, 'Life is about building bridges, not walls.'...[John also saw it as another opportunity, in his words] to go where people wouldn't expect me to go. And maybe if I can make a great impression,' Furnish quoted him as saying, 'people might change their perspectives on life. [Rush and his bride] were incredibly gracious and very welcoming and very sweet and very appreciative. Elton, during the performance made a lot of cracks: 'I suppose you all wonder why I'm here tonight?' But ultimately, it's a bit like an olive branch, I guess. I wasn't there, but from everything Elton told me, he said Rush and his bride were incredibly charming and welcoming. And they have said they want to come and have dinner with us in England, if they pass through in their travels."

And, of course, there was also that million bucks.

Hutcherson Meanwhile, Limbaugh was married by virulent homophobe and anti-gay activist Pastor Ken Hutcherson, the Seattle Weekly reports:

Limbaugh unintentionally explained his motivation for having an openly gay rock star play and a black preacher officiate this, his fourth wedding, on the first show after his ceremony:  "One of the guests came up to me the next morning in the hotel, we were having breakfast, 'You know, you just blow everybody away. Here you are married by an African-American preacher, you're serenaded by an openly gay popular music icon, and they say you're the bigot.'...And, meanwhile, the Hutch said, 'You know, these rings are a token, and there's three tokens up here 'cause I'm one of them.' (laughing) He said, 'I'm the only black guy here that hasn't been paid to be here,' which was not true. (laughing)"

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'Day of Silence' Met with Protests, Solidarity in Rural Washington

GuestbloggerAs you may know, today is GLSEN's 12th annual Day of Silence. Students from more than 6,800 schools across the nation are expected to take part by taking a vow of silence to raise awareness about anti-LGBT bullying and harassment. One school on which media attention is focused is Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington. Chris Monsos graduated from Mount Si in 1997. He pens the blog Hunk du Jour and works as a software engineer outside Seattle.

Mountsi_2Around the country, lunch rooms will be a bit quieter and hallways a bit less rowdy as students in over 5,000 schools participate in the annual 'Day of Silence'. The event is designed to draw attention to anti-LGBT bullying in schools and promote learning spaces that are respectful and tolerant of all people.

In rural Snoqualmie, Washington, the Mount Si High School Gay-Straight Alliance will be taking part, but activist pastor Ken Hutcherson aims to protest the event by encircling the school with 1,000 praying Christians. Hutcherson appeared at the school in January of this year, causing controversy after he was selected to be a speaker at the Martin Luther King Jr. assembly. During his appearance a teacher booed him, and another teacher asked him about the disconnect between his message of equality and his intolerance of the GLBT community.

Hutcherson_2After the encounter Rev. Hutcherson called for the firing of the two teachers who spoke out. The school offered an official apology, and the district said in a statement that "appropriate action has been taken with staff and school administration..." The district added that it does not comment on personnel matters.

Protesters of the 'Day of Silence' placed a half-page ad in the local paper, The Snoqualmie Valley Record;. They call the event too disruptive for the learning environment, when organizers attest that it is designed to be as non-disruptive as possible.

Support for the Mount Si GSA has appeared from what might have been considered an unlikely source -- another small church in the Snoqualmie Valley. Tolt Congregational UCC, a church in nearby Carnation, took out a full-page ad in the Record, reading "...we stand in solidarity with these student leaders for their efforts to make our schools safe and welcoming to all."

I spoke to Neil Lequia (below, right), a former student who is returning to Mount Si today to support students and facilitate a news conference. Lequia is the subject of a profile in today's Seattle Times.

Lequia_2"It's overwhelming to know that within the community we have so much encouragement and opposition," says Lequia, who began working with GLSEN when he was a student at Mount Si, helping create the GSA. "Because Tolt UCC is a Christian church, it shows that not all Christians are bad people, and they can accept everyone for their differences."

Adds Lequia: "Gay rights has become so vocally debated in the valley because its an issue that people feel they don't have to deal with. It has always been swept under the rug because there are 'no gays in the valley.'"

GSA Advisor Eric Goldhammer reports that around 200 students have taken part in the required 'Day of Silence' training meetings. Student participants are pledging to "approach the day with dignity, maturity and respect." When asked about what he is proudest of thus far, he sees students realizing that "they can make an impact on the world, even in little Snoqualmie, Washington -- they're getting an idea of what student leadership is all about."

While the protesters stand just outside of school property, what you won't see is a counter-protest. A small group of community supporters will welcome students at the gates and show their support. They intend on being gone before the expected protest crowd even arrives. GLSEN WA (Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network) will also be holding an off-campus press conference to answer questions about the 'Day of Silence' and talk to the media about the importance of GSAs in schools.

Adds Lequia: "The 'Day of Silence' raises awareness of issues. It shows how people have to conceal their identity on the behalf of other people. This whole event is about anti bullying and harassment and those things happen especially in high schools. We are the people who are going to make a difference."

Ex-student returns to Mount Si to support Day of Silence [seattle times]
(neil lequia image - dean rutz, seattle times)

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