Won some, lost some

Posted on 30 Oct 2015 at 7:12am

Former state Rep. Jackie Biskupski, above left, and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker arrive for a debate at the studios of KUED-TV last month. Biskupski, who is openly lesbian, appears to have defeated Becker to win the mayor’s seat. (Rick Bowmer/Associated Press) Despite high-profile HERO defeat in Houston, there were some Election Day victories [...]

Facing up to controversy

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 7:55am

Davis’ ‘wheelchair ad’ invigorates disabled LGBTs and allied Democrats James Russell  |  Staff Writer russell@dallasvoice.com “A tree fell on Greg Abbott. He sued and got millions,” intones a narrator in an ominous voice, speaking over an image of an empty wheelchair. Those first five seconds of a 32-second television advertisement released last weekend by Sen. [...]

Mike Rawlings responds to DGLA’s warning during LGBT forum at Cathedral of Hope

Posted on 26 May 2011 at 9:51pm

Kunkle says warning not accurate portrayal of his runoff opponent; both candidates agree on most LGBT-specific issues CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO OF THE FORUM TAMMYE NASH | Senior Editor nash@dallasvoice.com During an LGBT mayoral runoff forum held Tuesday night, candidate Mike Rawlings addressed the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance’s warning, in which the group [...]

Turnout key in Dallas mayoral runoff

Posted on 19 May 2011 at 6:35pm

Mike Rawlings, left, and David Kunkle Kunkle, Rawlings pledge to stay on message; advocates say LGBT vote could have significant impact TAMMYE NASH | Senior Editor nash@dallasvoice.com Turnout. That’s the key for Dallas mayoral candidates who wrangled their way into runoffs after the May 14 general elections. Mike Rawlings and David Kunkle are facing off [...]

N. Texas candidates prep for runoffs

Posted on 19 May 2011 at 5:27pm

Angela Hunt and James Nowlin Dallas, Fort Worth mayors’ races head to runoff; Hunt sails to re-election; Griggs upsets incumbent; Hightower also in runoff DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Mike Rawlings will face David Kunkle in a runoff for Dallas mayor on June 18. The two will meet in a debate sponsored by Dallas [...]

‘This issue is so ’80s’: Thousands rally in support of same-sex marriage ban in N.C.

Posted on 18 May 2011 at 3:38pm

From WRAL (Watch video of the entire rally below) GARY D. ROBERTSON  |  Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — The chatter over a proposed constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage in the state constitution rose Tuesday as thousands of conservative Christians rallied to urge the Legislature to vote on it now that its Republican leaders are [...]

Wisc. governor wants to stop defending gay rights

Posted on 17 May 2011 at 8:35pm

Gov. Scott Walker Republican Scott Walker says he believes state’s partner registry is unconstitutional, seeks to withdraw from case TODD RICHMOND | Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker has told a judge he wants to stop defending Wisconsin’s domestic partner registry in court because he doesn’t believe it’s constitutional. Members of the conservative [...]

Rep. Tammy Baldwin ‘very likely’ to run for Senate

Posted on 16 May 2011 at 9:50am

Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, speaks during the 2010 Black Tie Dinner in Dallas. (John Wright/Dallas Voice) Wisconsin congresswoman would be 1st openly gay person to serve in upper house LISA KEEN | Keen News Service U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin’s office is, thus far, silent on whether the openly gay legislator might make a bid for [...]

Dark horse Karger serious about presidential bid

Posted on 05 May 2011 at 7:32pm

Fred Karger speaks during the Log Cabin Republicans National Convention at the Hilton Anatole on April 29. (John Wright/Dallas Voice) Openly gay candidate has Republican political experience that dates back to Gerald Ford and Reagan’s ’84 campaign DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Fred Karger made history when he became not only the first gay [...]

Judge’s gay relationship at issue in Prop 8 case

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 at 10:50am

Judge Vaughn Walker LISA LEFF  |  Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — Rumors swirled that the federal judge who had struck down California’s same-sex marriage ban last summer was gay, but the lawyers charged with defending the measure remained silent on the subject. Their preferred strategy for getting the ruling overturned on appeal was to focus [...]