BREAKING: Judge strikes down Wyoming’s same-sex marriage ban

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 4:16pm

safe_imageA federal judge in Wyoming ruled today, Oct. 17, that the state’s same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

As we reported yesterday, U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl heard arguments on Oct. 16 to Wyoming’s ban on same-sex marriages. Judge Skavdahl initially said that he would issue his ruling by 5:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20.

But his ruling came sooner than anticipated.

Skavdahl stayed his ruling until Oct. 23 pending an appeal by state government officials.

According to the Casper Star Tribune, Republican Gov. Matt Mead, who is up for re-election, said in a debate on Thursday, Oct. 16, before Skavdahl released his decision, that the state should not appeal the ruling.

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Emerson Collins’ TV show is back for a second season

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 3:16pm
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One of our favorite Texas Voices is Emerson Collins. This week he wrote Broadcast News for us.

Emerson will be spending time in Dallas working on Del Shores’ Sordid Lives sequel.

But Emerson can be seen on Bravo’s show The People’s Couch. He’s one of the couch potatoes who comments on Bravo shows as well as some of the network hits. At least Bravo understands that its other shows are crap and lets Emerson and friends rip into them. Here’s a clip from the new season.

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Food Network casting home cooks for reality series Saturday

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 10:59am

Food Network host Alton Brown is due in Dallas later this month, but you don’t have to wait until then to meet someone from that channel. On Saturday, producers will be in Dallas searching for the next great home cook. Last season, the show America’s Best Cook (it will be renamed for the upcoming season) was won by Stephanie Goldfarb, a lesbian from Chicago, so the LGBT community is batting .1000 so far with queer cooks! (Subject to change.)

If you’re interested, come by the Dallas Farmers Market between 1 and 6 p.m. Oct. 18 with a savory dish (no desserts!) that highlights your cooking style, plus a photo of yourself and your dish. Or visit HomeCooksCasting.com for more details. Bonne chance… and bon appetit!

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Arizona is the latest marriage equality state

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 10:30am

arizonaArizona became marriage equality state No. 31 this morning when a federal judge struck down the state’s ban calling it unconstitutional.

There’s no word yet on when the state will begin issuing marriage licenses. Arizona is in the Ninth Circuit, which recently struck down marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. Those states and Alaska became marriage equality states this week.

Suits are pending in Kansas, South Carolina, Montana and Wyoming. Decisions are expected in those states soon. By the end of next week, there may be 35 marriage equality states.

In Texas, we’re working hard to ensure that we go down in history as last in equality as No. 50.

 

 

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Cocktail Friday: The Basil & Lime

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 10:06am

Basil and LimeHere’s a trend we can get behind: Mixed cocktails on tap. Why should beer have all the convenience of a quick pour? That’s why Rocco Milano, beverage director at Barter, came up with this refreshing little number, called the Basil & Lime. Of course, you might not have a spigot of vodka in your home, but you can still make it the old fashioned way.

1.5 oz. Reyka vodka

1 oz. fresh lime juice

3/4 oz. basil syrup

1/2 oz. Amer Picon

Fresh basil sprigs.

Making it: Combine all the liquid ingredients into a shaker and shake vigorously. Strain into an 8-oz. footed Collins glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with basil sprig  and to “wake up” the flavor. (Note: Rocco always tests his cocktails with the finger-and-straw technique before serving to his guests. It’s a nice touch if you’re making it for someone else.)

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Candlelight vigil for Ebola-stricken nurses

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 9:15am

Ebola VirusBapnar, a company that does healthcare staffing, is hosting a candlelight prayer vigil for Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, the two Presbyterian Hospital nurses who became infected with the Ebola virus.

The event, called “An Evening for Our Nightingales” takes place at Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla St., on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited.

Both nurses have been transferred to other hospitals — Pham to Emory in Atlanta and Vinson to National Institute of Health in Baltimore — that seem better equipped to care for them and are outside the media hysteria going on in Dallas. Both are being treated with experimental drugs.

We wish them both a return to good health soon and a quick return home.

Speaking of media hysteria, Dallas Morning News columnist Jacquielynn Floyd is about the only other writer here in Dallas addressing the Ebola cases with facts rather than frenzy. Here’s a link to her wonderful column: Good sense will inoculate you against Ebolaphobia.

And here’s an interesting fact. While the right wing wants to close the southern border so that no one can sneak in from Africa and wants to impeach President Barack Obama for his handling of the Ebola “crisis,” Obama is naming an Ebola czar after three cases in the United States. President Ronald Reagan didn’t mention AIDS until more than 20,000 gay men were dead from the disease.

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Wyoming federal judge to announce marriage equality decision by Monday

Posted on 16 Oct 2014 at 2:44pm

safe_imageMarriage equality may come to Wyoming as soon as Monday.

U.S. District Court Judge Scott W. Skavdahl heard arguments today, Oct. 16, to Wyoming’s ban on same-sex marriages. Judge Skavdahl said that he will issue his ruling by 5:00 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20.

“We are grateful that the court has moved quickly in handling our case, which affects so many families across Wyoming who are seeking equal dignity and full legal recognition. We are confident that the judge will give this important case the consideration it deserves, and we look forward to the court’s decision,” said Wyoming Equality Executive Director Jeran Artery in a statement.

The case was brought by Wyoming Equality and four same-sex couples who requested an immediate order directing state officials to comply with two decisions of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit establishing that a state’s refusal to allow same-sex couples to marry violates the U.S. Constitution.

The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear two appeals from the Tenth Circuit striking down marriage equality bans, meaning all states within the Tenth Circuit, including Wyoming, must comply with those decisions.

“The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that state laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying violate the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection of the laws. The State of Wyoming is obligated to follow the law as interpreted by the Tenth Circuit,” said National Center for Lesbian Rights attorney Chris Stoll. NCLR is one of the organizations representing the plaintiffs.

In 30 states, same-sex couples have the freedom to marry: AK, CA, CO, CT, DE, HI, ID, IA, IL, IN, ME, MD, MA, MN, NC, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, RI, UT, VA, VT, WA, WV and WI.

In an additional five states, including Wyoming, federal appellate rulings have set a binding precedent in favor of the freedom to marry, meaning the path is cleared for the freedom to marry there: AZ, KS, MT, SC, and WY.

In an additional 8 states, judges have issued rulings in favor of the freedom to marry, with many of these rulings now stayed as they proceed to appellate courts. In Texas and four other states, judges have struck down marriage bans — AR, FL, KY, MI, and TX — judges have struck down marriage bans. In three states — LA, OH and TN — judges have issued more limited pro-marriage rulings.

In Missouri, the marriages of same-sex couples legally performed in other states are respected.

Courts have cases pending, but have yet to rule, in seven states: AL, GA, MO, MS, NB, ND and SD.

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Allison Tolman to receive Topaz Award from Women in Film Dallas

Posted on 16 Oct 2014 at 2:39pm
Allison Tolman (with Bob Oedenkirk in 'Fargo') will receive a Topaz Award from Women in Film Dallas.

Allison Tolman (with Bob Oedenkirk in ‘Fargo’) will receive a Topaz Award from Women in Film Dallas.

Allison Tolman — the Baylor grad, co-founder of Second Thought Theatre and award-winning star of this season’s hit series Fargo — will join legendary comic Ruth Ruzzi as the recipient of a Topaz Award, presented by Women in Film Dallas at their annual gala on Nov. 22.

Tolman received an Emmy Award nomination (she lost to Kathy Bates — not bad) and a Critics Choice Award as deputy Molly Solverson on Fargo. She is familiar to Dallas stages, but has spent the last several years in Chicago. Buzzi, of course, is the iconic comedian, best remembered for her days on Laugh-In opposite Lily Tomlin and Arte Johnson.

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Meeting set for destruction of Oak Lawn property

Posted on 16 Oct 2014 at 11:53am

IMG_6133The Dallas Board of Adjustment meets on Monday, Oct. 20 to hear oral testimony on granting variances to the property on Hall Street at Turtle Creek Boulevard. The owners would like to tear down the last remaining house facing Lee Park along with all of the trees to build a 10-story tower.

Plopping a 10-story building on this single-family lot will make Oak Lawn more oakless and more lawnless and make Lee Park less inviting.

The Oak Lawn Committee is already on record as not supporting the proposed changes.

The applicant proposes changing setbacks so that the tower will cover most of the property. While nothing in the status of the building prevents its demolition, there’s no reason to allow developers to violate new standards that have been put into place for properties around the park.

George Poston, owner of the property, applied for and was denied, setback variances in 1999.

In addition to input at the meeting, comments may be sent to the administrator of the Board of Adjustment, Steve Long. All correspondence sent will be distributed at the meeting to all board members.

The Board of Adjustment meets at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. on Monday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. A guard at the desk near the west entrance will direct visitors to the right elevators and meeting room.

094 application materials application to destroy property

Oak Lawn Committee letter opposing variances

1999 minutes refusing changes by board in 1999

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What a weekend! Your guide to what’s going on in North Texas

Posted on 16 Oct 2014 at 11:13am

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So, there was simply no room this week to write about all the incredible things going on in North Texas this weekend. Tomorrow’s print edition will have stories on the Texas Veggie Fair (Sunday), Dallas Comic Con (Friday–Sunday) and of course the IGRA Finals Rodeo (which will be our cover story), but there’s much more. So, to make it easy on you, here’s a breakdown:

Friday. The Turtle Creek Chorale is back for its 35th season opener, this time premiering at the Latino Cultural Center, in a concert called Brave. It also marks new interim music director Sean Baugh’s debut behind the baton. (The concert is also on Saturday.)

Also on Friday and Saturday, and even on Sunday, is the Texas Ballet Theater‘s season opener, The Sleeping Beauty, which will be a Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Saturday. Rawlins Gilliland, pictured, returns with a new live show of spoken words, this time with a seasonal theme. Happy Murder Stories are expected to be dark (yet always with a humorous chunk of humanity) recollections from his amazing adventures. It’s at the Kessler at 8 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Dallas Video Festival continues, and among the films screening will be Fallen Angel II — The Legacy Lives On. A sequel (though more of a re-edit I hear) of a 2008 documentary about the choreography of Bruce Wood, who passed away suddenly earlier this year. This version contains new footage and discussed Wood’s lasting impact on dance. At the Angelika Film Center Mockingbird Station at 8:15 p.m.

Also on Saturday is Drag Racer Willam Belli appearing at Gaybingo in the Rose Room!

Sunday. Another busy day. In addition to the Texas Veggie Fair at Reverchon Park (11 a.m.–6 p.m.), the Honey Pot Bear Fest returns to the Dallas Eagle (2–5 p.m.) and the annual Great Gatsby 1920s-themed fundraiser for AIN is back in Preston Hollow (3–6 p.m.). All of these kinda require costumes, whether it’s flapper garb, leather, or definitely not leather.

Have fun sorting it all out!

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