Seattle Morning News Bytes: Thursday, Sep. 27th

Ref 74′s holy advocate. The Seattle PI reports Episcopal Bishop Greg Rickel of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia is arguing that being pro-Gay marriage as something the political Right should approve of.

“They (gays and lesbians) are not asking for special treatment.  They are asking for equal treatment.  They are asking to be accountable, as a couple, in community.  To me, this is a conservative proposal.”

Referendum 74 which would legalize gay marriage, is on Washington’s ballot this November.

We’re number 2, we’re number 2. Bloomberg BusinessWeek has ranked the city of Seattle as the second best place to live in the US. Reasons were our air quality (reason wildfires notwithstanding), our high median income and highly educated population. San Francisco topped the list.

Rep your ‘hood. West Seattle is making a push for its own city council member. Only one member of Seattle’s City Council is from West Seattle. This is part of a grassroots elect-by -districts effort. The meeting is today at 11:30am University Heights Community Center, Room 109 (5031 University Way NE)

Seattle makes nice with Weekly. Mayor McGinn ends advertising boycott of Seattle Weekly. According to the Weekly itself, since the newspaper’s parent company has severed ties with the controversial Backpage.com the city will now resume advertising with the paper. Backpage.com has been condemned by politicians for allegedly promoting sex crimes and child exploitation.

Stank of America. Lance Easley, the now-infamous referee who called the controversial touchdown for the Seahawks vs Packers game, is a banker at Bank of America. So, he’s used to being hated.

Storm is brewing. In more Seattle-friendly sports news, our own Seattle Storm will kick off the WNBA playoffs this Friday against the Minnesota Linx.

Nader unleashed. Finally, in national news, legendary consumer advocate and sometimes-Presidential candidate, Ralph Nader, is letting his views be known about President Obama’s suspect liberal credentials. On issues related to the military and foreign policy, Obama’s worse than Bush, “in the sense that he’s more aggressive, more illegal worldwide,” Nader told Politico, going so far as to call Obama a “war criminal.”  Nader added “He’s the lesser of two evils when compared to GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.”

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