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In a state where heterosexual were dominating the society being gay was against the law As lesbian and gay couples are being discriminated questions about whether they should have the same rights of equality started to arise Do gay couples have the right to be legally married Discrimination and harassment towards homosexual couples communities and businesses was at its peak in the 60s up to the 80s especially in the Washington State Those who are gays especially those in relationship are more likely to be exiled from their society At that period of time discrimination against gays was not only done by the homophobic people who live in the society but also by those who are supposedly protecting the human rights Police were taking advantage of the situation by giving unfair treatments towards gay couples by being offered protection in order to makepolice officers promise not to harass or intimidate the gay clubs or its customers if payments were made Actions were to be made yet due to the privilege of power owned by the heterosexuals discrimination was barely preventable Back in the 60s there was no same sex marriage registered to domestic partnership in Washington State Couples were too afraid to legalize their relationship because it was never been done before and it may have affected their social statuses The first gay couple to request a marriage license was John Singer and Paul Barwick As expected their application was rejectedSinger and Barwick were both members of the Gay Liberation Front a national activist group known for its confrontational methods of promoting sexual liberation SteinThe two of them lived among other young gay activists in Capitol Hill Barwick withdrew from Olympic College in Bremerton due to his confession of his sexual orientation While Singer wasa radical activist for gay and racial rights that changed his name to Faygele benMiriam in 1973 The couple met for the first time after Barwick decided to move to Seattle
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