A streak of recent gun violence, including a shooting rampage in Seattle that left six people dead, has reignited the debate over gun control in Washington. Should cities be allowed to implement their own restrictions on handguns? Is the so-called "gun show loophole" helping guns into the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable? Does an armed citizenry make us more or less safe?
Washington has just become the seventh state in the nation to approve same-sex marriage. But opponents promise to mount an effort to repeal the law in a referendum vote in November. Both sides are digging in for what appears to be a protracted fight over this contentious issue that strikes at the core of our state's values, and raises intriguing questions of morality, equality, politics and faith.