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  • King County Executive Dow Constantine (right) embraces Pete-e Petersen as her partner, Jane Abbott Lighty, looks on after Mr. Constantine issued the two women the first marriage license for a same-sex couple, on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Gay Washington state couples get marriage licenses

    Two by two, dozens of same-sex couples obtained their marriage licenses in Washington state early Thursday, just hours after Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage.

  • Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, with health care experience, is also being vetted for the HHS post. (Getty Images)

    GREEN: Right to refuse

    Religious organizations fighting the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) contraceptive mandate should take heart from Wednesday's federal district court ruling in Stormans v. Selecky. Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire and her Planned Parenthood cronies were defeated in their campaign to compel pharmacies and their employees to choose between their religious beliefs and their livelihoods.

  • **FILE** This image provided by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., shows the packaging for the "Plan B" pill. (Associated Press)

    Washington state can't force pharmacies to sell emergency-contraception pill

    Washington state officials are permanently blocked from enforcing rules that tell pharmacies and pharmacists they have to stock emergency-contraception products regardless of any religious objections, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • Gov. Chris Gregoire, right, looks on at a House floor debate on gay marriage with Sen. Ed Murray, left, and Sen. Lisa Brown from the wings Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers legalized gay marriage in Washington state, making it the seventh state in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed. Democratic Gov. Gregoire is likely to sign the bill next week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Washington state House passes gay marriage bill

    Washington state lawmakers voted to approve gay marriage Wednesday, setting the stage for the state to become the seventh in the nation to allow same-sex couples to wed.

  • **FILE** This image provided by Barr Pharmaceuticals Inc., shows the packaging for the "Plan B" pill. (Associated Press)

    GREEN: A bitter pill

    A court in Washington is poised to decide whether pharmacists should be forced to violate their religious beliefs at the command of the state or go out of business. Wednesday's closing arguments in Stormans v. Selecky wrangled over whether pharmacists should be compelled to stock and dispense "morning-after" drugs.

  • ** FILE ** Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (Associated Press)

    Key Wash. state gay-marriage vote Wednesday

    The Washington state Senate is set to take a crucial vote Wednesday on a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage.

  • Sledders, skiers, snowboarders and pedestrians take over a snow-covered street in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

    Ice storm blankets Pacific Northwest a day after snowstorm

  • ** FILE ** Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire (Associated Press)

    Wash. governor to support gay marriage bill

    Gov. Chris Gregoire said Wednesday she wants Washington to become the seventh state in the nation to make gay marriage legal.

  • Wash. governor wants DEA to reclassify marijuana

    Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee have filed a petition with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration asking the agency to reclassify marijuana so doctors can prescribe it and pharmacists can fill the prescription.

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  • "We are at a historic time in our country. We put the elephants and donkeys aside and we're prepared to govern," she said.

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  • She said the bitter campaigns are over and voters want bipartisan solutions to the major problems facing every state.

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