Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, March 3, 2000 Page: 1 of 102
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The Community Newspaper For Gay Lesbian Dallas
Gay marriage roils California
Polls show so-called Knight Initiative, blocking state from recognizing
gay marriages, enjoys strong support as voters go to polls on Tuesday
A federal judge on Wednesday
ordered that Calvin Burdine, who
has been on Death Row in Texas for
15 years after he was convicted of
killing his lover, must be freed within
five days because of an error made
by the Attorney General's office.
STORY, Page 10
From Staff and Wire Reports
Gays and lesbians across the nation will
cast their eyes on California on Tuesday, where
a high-stakes battle over a ballot proposition
banning gay marriages will be decided by vot-
ers during the "Super Tuesday" round of pri-
The latest polls show the measure —
Proposition 22 on the ballot, dubbed the
Knight Initiative — enjoys broad support
among most of the state's voters.
The proposition would block the state from
recognizing any marriage except those
between a man and a woman.
Polls conducted in the past week show that
only in Los Angeles and San Francisco are vot-
ers likely to defeat the controversial measure.
An independent Field Poll conducted
statewide in the six-day period that ended last
Sunday found 53 percent of likely voters
favoring Proposition 22, 40 percent opposed
and 7 percent undecided.
Signaling the high emotions surrounding
the initiative, a gay Mormon man reportedly
committed suicide to protest the measure.
Stuart Matis, 32, a resident of Santa Clara,
California, was found dead last Friday of a
gunshot wound to the head, apparently self-
inflicted. Matis' body was found at the head-
quarters of the Los Altos Stake of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which
he was a lifelong member. Matis reportedly
left behind a note saying his suicide was
intended to protest Proposition 22 and his
church's support of it.
No-on-22 campaign manager Mike
Marshall conceded that opponents face "an
uphill battle" but said they have bought more
advertising time than supporters in the last
week of the campaign.
Democratic presidential contenders A1
Gore and Bill Bradley have both spoken out
against Proposition 22.
After first stating that he opposed the mea-
sure, GOP presidential candidate John McCain
last Thursday reversed course. Stating his
long-standing opposition to gay marriage,
McCain said he "misspoke" when first asked
about the item by a reporter, and said if he
were a Californian, he would vote for the
Existing California law already limits mar-
riage to a man and a woman. Proposition 22
opponents say the measure is unneeded and is
only intended as an attack against gays and
See PROPOSITION 22 on Page 16
Fellow Democrats rebuke flyer
blasting candidate's sexuality
Tolliver, harshly criticized for tactic, is urged to withdraw from race
By Tammye Nash
A candidate for Dallas County constable
Precinct 6 has outraged gay activists and
Dallas County Democratic Party leaders with a
campaign flyer slamming the sexuality and
honesty of a gay opponent.
In a flyer that hit voters' mailboxes on
Wednesday, Granver Tolliver refers to his gay
opponent as "Mike 'Sugar' Dupree," and
claims that Dupree is "a fraud." Tolliver's flyer
adds that Dupree is "lying" about his experi-
ence, and states, "According to 21.06 of the
Texas Penal Code homosexual conduct is still a
The flyer drew a sharp rebuke from local
Democratic Party officials, who called on
Tolliver to withdraw from the race and apolo-
"We intend to denounce this [literature] in
every way we possibly can," said Dallas
County Democratic Party chair Bill Howell.
".... the Party feels he should apologize and
withdraw from the race."
See FLYER on Page 9
Mike Dupree . . . constable candidate's
sexuality is targeted by flyers distributed
by opponent Granver Tolliver.
March 3, 2000
Vol 16 No 44
Openly gay leading
man Rupert Everett on
how his role as queer
dad in The Next Best
Thing ms a project he's
been working on lor
more than six years.
Margoret Cho on les-
bian tailgate parties,
working as a phone-sex
operator and bringing
her one-woman show T WjT1
to Dallas this weekend. iiA
Janis Ian continues her
illustrious career with
17th album, God and
the FBI, which refer-
ences the bureau's
lance of Ian.
HBO assembles stellar
cast for II These Walls
Could Talk 2, featuring
Ellen DeGeneres and
Sharon Stone as lesbian
couple trying to get
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