Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 37, Ed. 1 Friday, January 27, 2006 Page: 1 of 68
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Wichita Falls MCC to
install the Rev. Lea
Brown as new pastor
this weekend. PAGE 13
Lesbian Norah Vincent
lived as a man to
research manhood for
new book. PAGE 15
VOLUME 22 I ISSUE 37
JANUARY I 27 I 2006
Maryland judge voids
anti-gay marriage law
Ruling declares law violated constitutional guarantee
of equal rights; state attorney general files appeal
From Staff and Wire Reports
BALTIMORE — A Baltimore
judge struck down a 33-year-old state
law against same-sex marriage on
Jan. 20, declaring it violates the
Maryland Constitution's guarantee of
Circuit Judge M. Brooke Murdock
immediately stayed her order to allow
the state to file an appeal with
Maryland's highest court, the Court of
Appeals. The attorney's general office
did so later in the day.
Murdock ruled in favor of 19 gay
men and women, rejecting a state
argument that the traditional family is
ideal for children.
"Although tradition and societal
values are important, they cannot be
given so much weight that they alone
will justify a discriminatory law," she
The ruling came in a lawsuit filed
in 2004 by the American Civil
Liberties Union. It named court clerks
in Baltimore and four counties as
defendants and challenged the 1973
state law defining marriage.
"This is such an exciting moment,"
said Lisa Polyak, a plaintiff with part-
ner Gita Deane. "Our participation in
this lawsuit has always been about
family protections for our children.
Tonight, we will rest a little easier
knowing that those protections are
GLBT rights advocates around the
Gay Cedar 'reek Lake
group helps community
Friends in Action raises money from lake's GLBT
community to provide assistance to needy neighbors
By Tammye Nash Staff Writer
The Cedar Creek Lake area proba-
bly wouldn't be anywhere near the top
of anyone's list of places with a large,
visible and active GLBT community.
But there are more gays and lesbians
in the area than many people might
And with the formation last year of
Friends in Action, that community is
steadily becoming more visible and
C. Jon Stillions, one of five board
members for the fledgling organiza-
tion, said that Friends in Action was
born last April after several people
became disappointed that money and
food collected there over the 2004
holiday season as a donation for the
AIDS Resource Center Nutrition
Program's food pantry didn't make it
to the Dallas agency until February.
They decided to create an organiza-
tion that would be a clearinghouse, of
sorts, for the GLBT community
around the lake, Stillions said.
"We wanted to give people a way to
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Liberals in 'anada
New prime minister opposes gay marriage; margin of
new government's win too small to force new laws
By Beth Duff-Brown Associated Press
Republican Governor Robert Ehrlich voices
his disappointment that a Baltimore judge
struck down the state's ban on same-sex
country also applauded the ruling.
Geoffrey Kors, executive director
for Equality California, said Judge
Murdock's ailing "is consistent with
previous rulings in favor of marriage
equality, and we anticipate that any
See MARYLAND on PAGE 18
OTTAWA — Stephen Flarper and
his Conservative Party won national
elections Monday and ended 13 years
of Liberal rule* giving Canada a
leader who was expected to move the
country to the right on social and eco-
Prime Minister Paul Martin con-
ceded defeat after official results gave
the challengers a near-insurmount-
able lead. Flowever, it appeared likely
the Conservatives' victory margin
would be too narrow to avoid ruling
as a minority government, making it
difficult to get legislation through a
divided Flouse of Commons.
There were cheers at the
OAK CLIFF COMMUNITY MEETING
City Council members Dr.Elba Garcia, Ed Oakley and Pauline Medrano stand in front of a
map of planned development in Dallas posted at a community meeting this week that
attracted hundreds of residents. See STORY on PAGE" 6.
make donations and be sure their area a place to go when they needed
money and their efforts got where help."
they wanted it to go," Stillions said. Stillions said that lake area resi-
See FRIENDS on PAGE 12
"And we wanted to give people in our
ters in Calgary
as the media
expected to give
speech later in
the night after all the results are tal-
"We know that there is an undeni-
able and unstoppable sentiment for
change in the country," deputy
See CANADA on PAGE 23
From Staff and Wire Reports
The Senate Judiciary Committee
this week recommended the confir-
mation of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr.
to the U.S. Supreme Court.
The vote was 10 to 8 along party
lines, signaling that his confirmation
by the Republican-controlled Senate
is likely. The debate began
Wednesday and is expected to con-
See ALITO on PAGE 19
FRI Chance T-stms 59°
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Local News 6
National News 15
Opera buff John Copley
'Rodelinda' at the Music
SAT Showers Likely 45/70
SUN Mostly Sunny 43/70
Hall at Fair Park. After it
opens, the guest director
returns to London to wed
his partner. PAGE 34.
Showers likely Friday and Saturday with the possibility of thunder-
storms. Showers will give way to partly cloudy conditions Saturday
night Mostly sunny on Sunday.
Jonathan Katz delivers a
lecture at UTD about
Jasper Johns and Robert
romance and how gays
influenced the history of
American art. PAGE 38.
A start-up clothing line
weaves a sassy sense of
humor into their
designs. These Dallas-
made T-shirts poke fun
at all of Big D's glaring
stereotypes. PAGE 41.
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