Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 38, Ed. 1 Friday, February 3, 2006 Page: 1 of 64
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OCAL 22 GLBT RESIDENTS SERVING ON CITY BOARDS I REGIONAL GAY OKLAHOMA OFFICIAL TARGETED BY CALLS I PLUS VIEWPOINTS I TRAVEL I TUBE I SPORTS
VOLUME 22 I ISSUE 38
Dallas Tavern Guild
reverses decision to
Democrats. PAGE 6
Police in Massachusetts
search for teen wanted
in hatchet attack at gay
bar PAGE 18
Gay rights activists worry
court will tip to right
From Staff and Wire Reports
WASHINGTON — Samuel
Anthony Alito Jr. took his place on the
Supreme Court Tuesday after winning
Senate confirmation, alarming gay
rights activists who fear the court's
balance will give it a more conserva-
A coalition of national gay rights
groups had opposed Alito's confirma-
tion because of his judicial record and
his work for the Reagan Admin-
istration in the 1980s.
"With this confirmation, the
Supreme Court likely will shift to the
State of Union speech
acknowledges AIDS crisis
From Staff and Wire Reports
President Bush delivered his fifth
State of the Union speech and again
angered gay activists.
Joe Solmonese, president of the
Human Rights Campaign, said in a
statement the president apparently felt
obligated to reach out to his conserva-
"The president outlined many chal-
lenges facing this country that are of
concern to the American people but
unfortunately felt the need to throw
FRI Slight Chance Rain 63°
FEBRUARY I 03 I 2006
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Partly cloudy Friday, continuing through Saturday. Mostly clear
Saturday night with a mild wind. Partly cloudy Sunday with wind
rising to as high as 30 mph.
Police arrest suspect in
UTA student s murder
Arlington detective doubts victim met 20-year-old
suspect on Dallas-Fort Worth's gay scene
By David Webb Staff Writer
Samuel Anthony Alito Jr. will immediately
participate in decisions made by the
right and become a less welcoming
forum for many kinds of civil rights
claims," said Kevin Cathcart, execu-
tive director for Lambda Legal
Defense and Education Fund.
Joe Solmonese, president of the
See ALITO on PAGE 17
A 20-year-old homeless man has
been charged in connection with the
capital murder of a gay University of
Texas at Arlington student who was
found strangled in his apartment last
Kyle Nathan Johnson, who once
lived in Lake Dallas but recently was
living on the streets, is being held on
$250,000 bond in the Denton County
Jail. He is accused of killing Samuel J.
Lea, 28, whose body was found in his
apartment near the campus on Oct.
Johnson was arrested in Lake
Dallas on Jan. 27 on a warrant filed by
the Arlington Police Department. He
will be transferred to the Tarrant
County Jail soon.
Arlington police filed the warrant
on Jan. 20 after an anonymous tipster
identified Johnson as an acquaintance
of Lea's whom the victim had occa-
sionally allowed inside his apartment
to eat, shower and sleep, according to
a statement by Arlington police. The
tipster claimed Lea had evicted
Johnson from his home for eating all
of his food.
The Tarrant County Medical
Examiner identified Lea's cause of
death as manual strangulation, mean-
ing no rope or other tool was used to
Johnson was often homeless and
stayed in shelters or with friends,
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Kyle Nathan Johnson, 20, is charged with
the capital murder of University of Texas at
Arlington student Samuel J. Lea.
according to the statement.
Tom LeNoir, the Arlington detec-
tive investigating the case, said he
does not believe Johnson had any ties
to the gay scene in Dallas-Fort Worth.
"He met the victim, as first expect
See SUSPECT on Page 10
FRIENDS TO THE END
Coretta Scott King, the wife of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., stands
with Lynn Cothren, her gay personal assistant of 23 years. King, who died this week,
was his best friend and greatest hero, Cothren said. See STORY on Page 15
signs gay civil rights bill
Opponents hope to hold new law in limbo by forcing
public vote on it in November election
By Rachel La Corte Associated Press
his base an unnecessary and divisive
crumb," Solmonese said. "Trying to
draw comparisons between the repre-
hensible acts of unethical politicians
with fair and independent judges is
both ridiculous and wrong."
National Stonewall Democrats also
criticized Bush, claiming he inferred
that same-sex relationships are
immoral institutions from which chil-
dren must be shielded. They also
See BUSH on PAGE 19
OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor
Chris Gregoire signed a gay civil
rights bill into law Tuesday, though the
law may be held in limbo if opponents
are successful in forcing a public vote
Nearly 200 people gave Gregoire,
and bill sponsor Representative Ed
Murray, a Democrat from Seattle, a
standing ovation, as Murray waved the
pen that signed the measure that adds
"sexual orientation" to a state law that
bans discrimination in housing,
employment, insurance and credit.
"It's a joyful, emotional moment,"
said Murray, one of four openly gay
lawmakers in the Legislature. "It's a
moment to celebrate after a very long
After approval in the House, the
measure passed the Senate on Jan. 27
on a 25-23 vote, a major victory for
gay rights activists who have watched
the measure fail in the Legislature for
nearly 30 years.
Senator Bill Finkbeiner, a
Republican, was the sole Senate
Republican to back the measure, a
year after it lost by just one vote in the
Senate. Two Democrats voted against
the measure. One Republican was not
See GAY RIGHTS on PAGE 16
Bruce Wood traces his
steps: The Fort Worth
brates a decade of mod-
ern dance and unveils a
new homage to Cole
Porter. PAGE 28.
Former NFL player Roy
Simmons pulls no
punches in lurid memoir
about addiction, recov-
ery and the painful lies
of being a closeted pro
athlete. PAGE 35.
Susan Carson and
Kimberly Cody work up a
Valentine thenied gig.
The stylishly retro duo
fashions. PAGE 37.
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