The Washington state House of Representatives on Thursday approved an amended bill to ban "conversion therapy" for LGBT youth, with all House Democrats and some Republicans voting in favor. The revised bill, which passed 60-37, returns to the Senate for reconsideration.
Washington Supreme Court Justice Mary Yu was sworn in Monday. Yu was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee May, becoming the first openly LGBT, first Latina and first Asian-American ever named to the state Supreme Court. She ran unopposed in the race to finish the remaining three years of her term in November, earning more votes than any other candidate on the state's ballot.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced his appointment of Judge Mary Yu to the state Supreme Court. Yu will be the first LGBT person as well as the first woman of color to serve on the state’s highest bench. Yu officiated the vows of the first same-sex couple to be wed in Washington after voters passed a marriage equality referendum in 2012.
John Urquhart, the sheriff of Washington state's King County, endorsed state Sen. Ed Murray for Seattle mayor in a statement released Tuesday by the Murray campaign. Urquhart praised Murray's crime and public safety agenda. "We need an effective mayor who will act to address the very real public safety challenges Seattle faces, and I believe Ed Murray will be that mayor," Urquhart said in the statement.
Same-sex domestic partners in Washington state would gain more than 170 community-property, guardianship and other legal rights accorded their married counterparts, under a bill overwhelmingly approved by the state House last week. The measure is now being considered by the Senate.