McAffrey wins Oklahoma primary runoff

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 9:07pm
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Al McAffey, left, and partner David Stinson

Associated Press declared Al McAffrey the winner in his runoff against Tom Guild for the Democratic nomination for the Oklahoma 5th congressional district. He faces Republican Steve Russell in the November election.

If elected, he’ll become the first gay congressman from Oklahoma … or Texas … or most of the states in his neighborhood.

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UPDATE: McAffrey maintains lead in runoff

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 7:32pm
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State Sen. Al McAffrey and his partner David Stinson

UPDATE 2: With 105 of 273 precincts reporting, McAffrey is maintaining his 54-46 percent lead or 5,061 to 4,301 votes.

UPDATE: With 7 precincts reporting, McAffrey maintains his lead with 54-46 percent.

ORIGINAL POST:

State Sen. Al McAffrey leads with 55 percent of the votes in early voting in a runoff for the Democratic nomination to represent Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional district.

Polls closed at 7 p.m.

McAffrey is trying become the first openly gay member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma.

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McAffrey runoff held in OKC today

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 2:52pm
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State Sen. Al McAffrey, left, with his partner David Stinson after voting in the Oklahoma runoff election.

Oklahoma’s runoffs are today (Tuesday, Aug. 26) and state Sen. Al McAffrey is  vying to become the first out U.S. House of Representatives candidate from his state.

He posed for a picture with his partner David Stinson after voting in the runoff election for the Democratic spot in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District. He faced Tom Guild, a retired university professor.

The winner of the Democratic and Republican runoffs will face three additional independent candidates in the November election. The incumbent, Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford, won the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Tom Coburn.

In April, McAffrey held a fundraiser in Dallas featuring Leslie Jordan at the Round-Up Saloon.

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Funeral services set for Josh Cain

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 10:37am
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Funeral services for Josh Cain, the 21-year-old man killed last week in Hurst by a suspected drunk driver, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Aug. 26), at Moore Funeral Home South Chapel, 1219 N. Davis Drive in Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Josh’s memory be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Cain was a member of the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association and the North American Gay Volleyball Association. He was riding his motorcycle Thursday night on Pipeline Road  when an SUV turned in front of him, and he struck the front passenger side of the vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital where died.

Watch for more information and complete obituary information in Friday’s print edition of Dallas Voice.

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BREAKING: Cantrell resolution to remove Price dies

Posted on 26 Aug 2014 at 10:00am
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Commissioner John Wiley Price, center, jokes with County Judge Clay Jenkins, left, and Commissioner Elba Garcia, right, before the session began.

Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell introduced a resolution at Dallas County Commissioner’s Court this morning (Tuesday, Aug. 26) to remove embattled Commissioner John Wiley Price. But the resolution died for lack of a second.

Price has been indicted on federal charges. Cantrell’s resolution points to 18 deputies who were removed from office and others who were “allowed” to resign when they were charged with criminal activity. He also noted that the rules for employees does not apply to elected officials.

The proposed resolution called for the district attorney to file a removal action for suspension with pay while the case against Price proceeded, and for a district judge to appoint a temporary replacement the case against Price is resolved.

Cantrell is the only Republican on the commissioner’s court. None of four Democrats on the court seconded the motion. As County Judge Clay Jenkins announced, “The resolution died for lack of a second,” the standing-room-only court erupted into applause.

 

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DIVA player dies in accident

Posted on 25 Aug 2014 at 1:32pm
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Josh Cain of Bedford, 21, died Thursday night, Aug. 21, died after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.

Cain was a three-year member of the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association (DIVA), and a member of the North American Gay Volleyball Association. His fellow volleyball players honored him with a moment of silence before play began Friday night for the first night of competition in DIVA’s fall season.

The accident occurred about 10:05 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Pipeline Road and Hurstview Drive in Hurst. Hurst police said Cain was riding his Honda motorcycle westbound on Pipeline Road when a GMC Yukon driven by Rory Reaves, 35, of Hurst, turned from the eastbound lane north onto Hurstview, and turned in front of Cain’s causing his motorcycle to hit the front passenger side of the SUV.

Police said Cain was transported to an area hospital where he died of his injuries.

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Hurst Police Sgt. Craig  Teague said Monday, Aug. 25, that Reaves was arrested at the scene of the accident and that charges of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle are pending as police await the results of toxicology tests.

An online fundraiser to assist Cain’s family in paying for the funeral and other expenses has been established at www.youcaring.com/Josh-Cain-Memorial. Watch Friday’s issue of Dallas Voice for more information.

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Rev. Bill McElvaney has died

Posted on 24 Aug 2014 at 2:07pm
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McElvaney, seated, officiated the marriage of Jack Evans, 84, and George Harris, 80 in March.

The Rev. Bill McElvaney, an ardent LGBT ally who faced scrutiny for officiating same-sex marriages despite his denomination’s disapproval, has died.

In March McElvaney, the pastor emeritus at Northaven United Methodist Church, officiated the wedding of longtime congregants Jack Evans, 84, and George Harris, 80. The very public ceremony, which was covered by this publication and others, was not held at Northaven but instead the neighboring Midway Hills Christian Church. Later that month, he was suspended from the church.

At the time of his suspension, he told the Voice that given his age, he’d rather be on the right side of history. “I owe the Methodist church a lot, but what I do not owe the Methodist Church is my soul.”

He recently announced he would no longer undergo treatment for liver cancer after four years.

Follow the blog this week for more information.

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Get in the Zone for some free yogurt

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 11:25am

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Yogurt Zone, 4103 Lemmon Ave., will be celebrating its grand opening by giving away free yogurt from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

All you have to do is:

• Go to www.yogurtzone.com and click the coupon tab.

• Choose Dallas Grand Opening and print the free yogurt coupon, or download the free yogurt coupon to your smart phone.

• Head over to the Zone on Lemmon and when you check out either give them the printed coupon or show them the digital coupon on your phone.

Easy-peasy, right? Then do it. Tell ‘em Dallas Voice sent you.

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Nashville Mayor Karl Dean endorses marriage equality

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 at 3:57pm

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean became the first mayor in Tennessee to endorse marriage equality today, according to a statement from Mayors for Freedom to Marry.

tn_rainbow“Tennessee’s denial of the freedom to marry directly harms the state’s more than 10,000 same-sex couples and their loved ones, and by putting obstacles in the path of businesses and families, drags everyone down,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry.

“I believe that all people should be treated fairly and equally and that their individual dignity should be respected,” said Dean. “Embracing and celebrating our growing diversity makes our city stronger. Nashville needs to continue in that direction, and it’s my hope that joining this effort will help us do that.”

“We welcome Mayor Dean as another voice in favor of moving Tennessee, the South, and all of America to the right side of history,” added Wolfson.

Dean joins over 500 mayors across the country who have endorsed marriage equality. Of the 500, only four are in Texas: Austin’s Lee Leffingwell, Houston’s Annise Parker, El Cenizo’s Raul Reyes and Shavano Park’s A. David Mame.

No mayor from Dallas-Fort Worth has yet to sign onto the pledge.

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This week in marriage equality

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 at 3:34pm

marriage-scales-of-justiceIndiana:

A federal judge ruled that Indiana must recognize out-of-state marriages, the last of the five marriage equality cases in Indiana that had not received a ruling. All five cases struck down any ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling is stayed pending appeal. Read more here.

Idaho:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Idaho’s request to appeal en banc (or before all of the court’s judges) a recent ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The case Latta v. Otter (otter–heehee!) was brought before the district court Judge Candy Dale this year by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and private attorneys. Dale ruled in their favor. Of note: the case will be heard concurrently with cases from Nevada and Hawaii, which also follow under the ninth court’s jurisdiction.

Florida:

Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional today for a fifth time. The difference is that this time, a U.S. District Court made the ruling, so it applies to the entire state. The previous four rulings were in county courts and those rulings applied only to those counties. The ruling is stayed pending appeal.

Department of Veterans Affairs:

Curve ball! The VA isn’t a state, but it’s being sued over not recognizing the partners of veterans in states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage. The case AMPA v. McDonald was brought by Lambda Legal and others, was filed on behalf of the American Military Partner Association.

Australia:

Waaaaaaay down south, Australia’s senate is considering a bill that would permit the country to realize recognition of foreign same-sex marriages, including Aussie couples who marry abroad. A recent ruling in their high court ruled that only Parliament could enact same-sex marriage.

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