Reporting from the We Out Here newsroom, these are some of the stories that caught our eye today.
WASHINGTON STATE GOVERNOR Chris Gregoire is optimistic that the state Senate will pass a bill making Washington the seventh state in the Union to allow gay marriage. Gregoire mentioned on today’s “Talk of the Nation,” from NPR News that she and, she believes, her state have gone through a ‘personal journey’ since 2006, when the state passed a bill recognizing domestic partnerships, and that the time had come to recognize marriage equality in the state.
Lawmakers have written amendments to the bill that allow religious groups to refuse rental of their facilities to The Gays,though opponents still say that they will petition for a voter referendum in November if the law is passed.
No word yet on concerns that God’s wrath will strike down all of mankind for allowing abominations such as hospital visitation rights, tax breaks, and insurance benefits to the recently Gay Married.
Via Chicago Tribune
OREGON DEMOCRATS are celebrating today after their candidate for the US House of Representatives, Suzanne Bonamici defeated Republican Rob Cornilles, 58-42 percent, in a special election to replace recently resigned Rep. David Wu.
Oregon’s First Congressional District has not had a Republican as its Representative since 1974, which didn’t stop the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from throwing $1.2 million dollars in Cornilles’ face, stunning him for an easy defeat.
The winner was only elected to complete the remainder of Wu’s term, and will need to decide quickly if she wants to keep the job. She’ll be up for re-election this coming November if stays.
Bonamici is widely expected to continue along the trajectory David Wu forged in the house, including votes supporting health care, women’s reproductive rights, and wearing silly tiger costumes while sleeping with 18-year-olds.
Via Seattle PI
FACEBOOK HAS FILED for an initial public offering of its stock, which is widely expected to be the largest IPO in the history of Silicon Valley, eclipsing Google’s 2004 offering. In its federally mandated disclosure of risks to its potential investors, Facebook mentioned the growing concerns of regulators and privacy advocates that Facebook will continue its reach into the lives and personal information of its users.
In our opinion the most important part of this news is that Facebook users, if they are wealthy enough to afford a share of Facebook, will be able to make money off of the site selling their data to advertisers. With enough stock, maybe they can even make up for the salary they lost after accidentally posting on their supervisor’s wall about how totes drunkk they r.
Via LA Times