This is why marriage equality matters

Posted on 24 Apr 2015 at 4:30pm

Here’s a video from the Liberty Education Forum. Nothing else needs to be said.


Ted Cruz: I still hate gays, and here are 2 bills to prove it

Posted on 24 Apr 2015 at 3:34pm
Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz

Declared 2016 presidential candidate and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in his ever-vigilant efforts to save the United States from the horrors of marriage equality, has filed two pieces of legislation to protect states’ ability to discriminate against LGBT citizens. The bills are intended, obviously, as an end-run around the U.S. Supreme Court, which will be hearing oral arguments in four marriage equality cases next Tuesday (April 28), and which is expected to rule sometime in June, likely in favor of marriage equality.

One of Cruz’s bills would establish a constitutional amendment shielding states that define marriage as between one woman and one man from legal action, according to Bloomberg News. The second would ban federal courts from weighing in on the issue again until such an amendment is adopted.

Cruz, a Tea Party darling here at home in Texas, is trying to “broaden his appeal to evangelical voters in early voting states, namely Iowa, by sending a message to the court,” Bloomberg News suggested. The newspaper also notes that Cruz’s anti-equality marriage bills would face “solid opposition” in the U.S. Senate, but that his intent is “to force his competitors [in the 2016 Republican primaries] to keep the issue alive even if the court rules in favor of same-sex marriage.”

Or perhaps, this was just part of his effort to reaffirm his anti-gay credentials after attending a fundraiser Monday night (April 20) in Manhattan at the home of gay, white, rich real estate developers Mati Weiderpass and Ian Reisner, owners of Parkview Developers. That event, he claimed, proves he is “’a big tent Republican’ instead of a panderer.” He issued his statement making sure everybody knows he is an anti-gay bigot who opposes marriage equality just a couple of hours before introducing his two bills.

Earlier this month, on his first trip to Iowa as a declared presidential candidate, Cruz declared that any Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriage equality nationwide would be “fundamentally illegitimate.”

Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee filed similar legislation last year, but those bills died when the session ended.

Just in case anybody wants to send good ol’ Ted a note to let him know what you think of his bills, click here.


About one in six married same-sex couples’ state doesn’t recognize their marriage

Posted on 24 Apr 2015 at 11:34am

Same-sex couplesThe number of legally married same-sex couples in the United States has tripled in the last year, according to a new poll by the Williams Institute’s research director Gary Gates and Gallup’s editor in chief Frank Newport.

The new estimate suggests that 390,000 out of nearly 1 million same-sex couples are married. Estimates from the 2013 National Health Interview Survey had the figure at 130,000.

While there’s no way to know exactly how many same-sex couples there are in the U.S., the research suggests about one in six married same-sex couples live in states that currently don’t recognize their marriage. Only 12 states do not offer marriage equality and do not recognize out of state marriages. Missouri recognizes marriages but on St. Louis and Kansas City perform them.


ADL leader to speak at Beth El Binah at Resource Center

Posted on 24 Apr 2015 at 10:53am

Roberta Clark

Roberta Clark, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League for North Texas and Oklahoma, will speak at Congregation Beth El Binah shabbat service, which takes place at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St. at 7:30 p.m. tonight (Friday, April 24). Clark’s topic will be Rules, Civil Rights, and Jewish Values.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now national civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

Throughout her ADL career, Clark has developed and implemented the first Interfaith Security Conferences for the Florida and Austin ADL offices; has trained well over 1,000 law enforcement professionals in ADL resources and programs as well as worked closely with them on cases concerning hate groups, extremism and terrorism; worked with dozens of educational institutions and school districts to successfully negotiate church/state issues and to provide trainings in the areas of bullying and cyberbullying; and provided guidance and assistance to community members who believe they have been the victims of discrimination and/or hate crimes.

Clark came to the ADL Dallas office as an Associate Regional Director in September 2008, was appointed Community Director in January 2012 and Regional Director in July 2014.

Everyone is welcome.


Outrageous Oral 15

Posted on 24 Apr 2015 at 10:10am

Four story tellers added to The Dallas Way’s history project as they told their stories at S4 last night (Thursday, April 23).

Sheriff Lupe Valdez, who has been in office for more than a decade, talked about what it was like to become the country’s only Hispanic lesbian sheriff.

Former Dallas city Councilman Ed Oakley talked about his run for mayor and how the media (not us) sabotaged his campaign.

Kathy Bowser told her story of going from nun to lesbian fundraiser to pastor at Celebration on the Lake church in Payne Springs on Cedar Creek Lake.

Finally, Mark Shekter told funny stories about his years of fundraising for dozens of LGBT groups over the years and documented a group he created, Meals on the Move — MOM, which was the first group to provide daily meals at home for hundreds of people living with AIDS.

Steve Atkinson was Master of Ceremonies and Kay Wilkinson begged, pleaded and scrounged for money to help The Dallas Way continue its work documenting the LGBT community’s history. A fundraiser will be held on May 27 at the Rose Room in S4 with a special edition of Outrageous Oral documenting drag in Dallas.


Staff writer James Russell on the Funkytownpodcast this Sunday

Posted on 24 Apr 2015 at 9:43am

10665302_416813328465635_8970774519307121026_nI’ll be the featured guest at 8 p.m. this Sunday, April 26 on the Funkytownpodcast. The weekly podcast, hosted by Jeffrey Lord with assistance from Zach Zeintech, features interviews with a wide variety of Fort Worth’s creative types.

Props to a buddy of mine, Fort Worth freelance writer Eddie Brown, who told Lord it’d be a good idea to host me.

I have an hour to an hour and a half to talk about myself. Besides my work on the “AIDS, drag queens and hate crimes” beat (otherwise known as the LGBT beat), I haven’t decided what I’ll exactly discuss just yet. But — shameless plug ahead — I imagine talking about attending a college that closed or being a Quaker or writing a crazy personal essay may, along with describing what it’s like to be on the Sen. Konni Burton beat, may take up a good chunk of time. Or maybe I’ll just stick to talking about the Imperial Court.

Regardless, I hope you’ll listen to the show on Sunday or if not, later in their archives.


Cox named one of ‘Five Kickass Women’ by Dallas Observer

Posted on 23 Apr 2015 at 4:52pm

Looking presidential in her blue pantsuit, Cece Cox kicks off her presidential campaign

In response to that woman from Dallas who’s the self-proclaimed CEO who thinks women shouldn’t be president because of, you know, hormones, the Dallas Observer named “Five Kickass Women Who Could Totally Be President.”

Not on the list is the woman CEO who has a company of 1 who thinks women shouldn’t be president because of hormones.

However, topping the Dallas Observer’s list is Cece Cox, CEO of Resource Center, who is unconcerned with hormones. Great choice.

Among her credentials, Cox wore a blue pantsuit to Resource Center’s groundbreaking ceremony earlier today. Her exploratory committee took hours today to study whether she should run for president. Cox agreed this morning that, if elected, I’d be her press secretary. Sorry Rafael, Resource Center’s current press secretary, but I drive a hard bargain. To keep me from jumping from Team Cox to Angela’s Angels, I needed a quick commitment.

Second on the list is Angela Hunt. Best known as a thorn in Mayor Mike Rawlings’ side when she served as District 14 councilwoman, Hunt singlehandedly stood in the way of bulldozers and stopped the Trinity Toll Road from being built. The Angela Hunt Hill Bridge that crosses the Mighty Trin is the city’s lasting memorial to her service to the city.

Another great choice of a Dallas woman who could totally be president is Catherine Cuellar. You probably know her best from her KERA days, but today she’s CEO of the Dallas Arts District. That means she’s the boss of art, sculpture, symphony, chorale, ballet, theater and lots of parking spaces. Catherine, I can still be bought. Secretary of State?

The final choices are Matrice Ellis-Kirk, who has been Dallas’ first lady, and Charlotte Jones-Anderson, who chairs the NFL Foundation. I’m sure Ms. Jones-Anderson is a great choice, but I’m not sure what to think of a former first lady running for president.


Resource Center breaks ground for new building

Posted on 23 Apr 2015 at 12:23pm

County Judge Clay Jenkins, Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Dallas City Council members Adam Medrano and Jennifer Gates helped Resource Center officials break ground for the new Resource Center facility at 5714 Cedar Springs Road at 10:30 a.m. this morning (Thursday, April 23). Current and past board members gathered along with representatives of many of the groups that meet at Resource Center. Among the early board members who attended were Bruce Monroe, Deb Elder and Ron Allen. Omar Narvaez was representing Dallas County Schools as a Trustee.

Resource Center CEO announced the capital campaign is 28 percent away from its goal with about $2.5 million left to raise over the next year.

Rain threatened but mostly held out through the ceremony that included leaders of more than half a dozen groups that have used Resource Center through the years for meetings, religious services, support groups and as a source of legal information.

Once the new building is completed, the old buildings at 2701 Reagan St. will be renovated as offices.

The new building is adjacent to Cathedral of Hope.


Resource Center to break ground on Thursday

Posted on 22 Apr 2015 at 4:54pm

Resource CenterResource Center breaks ground on its new building at 5714 Cedar Springs Road at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 23. Everyone is invited. The new building will be adjacent to Cathedral of Hope. Parking is available at the church’s property.


Bill barring issuing of same-sex marriage licenses passes pivotal House committee

Posted on 22 Apr 2015 at 1:57pm

Texas-CapitolA bill in the Texas House that would bar county and state officials from issuing same-sex marriage licenses passed in committee today (Wednesday, April 22) on a 7-3 vote with Reps. Farrar, Giddings and Turner voting nay.

HB 4105 by Rep. Cecil Bell, R-Magnolia, states state or local funds may not be used for an activity that includes the licensing or support of a same-sex marriage even if an anticipated Supreme Court decision strikes marriage equality bans across the country. It was heard before the State Affairs committee on April 8. The committee substitute bill considered on the April 8 hearing can be found here and the final substitute, voted on today, here.

It will now head to the Calendars Committee.