Kern supporters start slinging mud at Novotny

Posted on 09 Sep 2010 at 8:25pm

It appears that the mudslinging has started in the race for the District 84 seat in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, where incumbent Republican Sally Kerns of Oklahoma City is facing Democratic challenger Brittany Novotny, a transgender woman also from Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee sent an e-mail to its members on [...]

Arkansas officials, right-wing group appeal judge’s ruling striking down gay adoption ban

Posted on 21 Aug 2010 at 5:01pm

Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The state Department of Human Services and a conservative group have appealed a judge’s ruling that struck down Arkansas’ voter-approved ban on unmarried couples serving as foster or adoptive parents. The case is now before the Arkansas Supreme Court, after Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza ruled in April [...]

Letter criticizes FBI’s handling of Terlingua attack

Posted on 22 Jul 2010 at 7:00pm

Crime victim’s advocate says agents ‘re-victimized’ victim of anti-gay kidnapping, rape in South Texas Daniel Phillip Martinez John Wright  |  Online Editor wright@dallasvoice.com TERLINGUA, Brewster County — During one of the FBI’s first investigations under a new federal hate crimes law that protects LGBT people, agents are accused of “re-victimizing” the victim by insinuating that he [...]

Near-death experience altered local Christian writer’s beliefs

Posted on 20 May 2010 at 7:20pm

By DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Dealing with chronic pain, gay author learned God’s message of acceptance not fear LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE | Dealing with chronic pain, Reece Manley underwent several procedures. During one, he had a near-death experience that changed his life. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice) ADDISON — A gay talk show host called out [...]

The One Church consolidates with move to Oak Lawn

Posted on 20 May 2010 at 7:20pm

By DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Pastor says church has Pentecostal background but is LGBT-affirming GARLAND — The One Church, described by his pastor, Charles Curtiss, as a GLBT-affirming Apostolic Pentecostal church with no affiliation, will hold weekly services at 6 p.m. at Reverchon Park Recreation Center beginning June 6. Curtiss acknowledged that the [...]

Episcopals in Los Angeles consecrate denomination’s 1st openly lesbian bishop

Posted on 20 May 2010 at 1:45pm

By DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer taffet@dallasvoice.com Glasspool’s elevation to bishopric sparks more controversy in Anglican Communion around the world CELEBRATION | Canon Diane M. Jardine Bruce, left, and the Rev. Canon Mary Glasspool congratulate each other after their ordination and consecration ceremony on Saturday, May 15. (Mark J. Terrill/AP Photo) The Right Rev. Mary [...]

Louisiana AG asks for full trial in birth certificate lawsuit

Posted on 19 Jan 2009 at 10:26am

By By Janet McConnaughey Associated Press Upton compares AG’s reasoning to segregation NEW ORLEANS — The state attorney general has asked a federal judge to reconsider his ruling that both fathers’ names must be added to the birth certificate of a boy born in Shreveport and adopted by a gay couple from out-of-state. Court papers [...]

Scott elected to boards of two national LGBT organizations

Posted on 13 Sep 2007 at 3:28pm

By Staff Reports Executive director of Equality Texas also announces upcoming training session in Dallas on lobbying legislators on LGBT rights issues Paul E. Scott, executive director of Equality Texas Paul E. Scott, executive director of Equality Texas and Equality Texas Foundation, was elected by members of the Equality Federation to serve on the organization’s [...]

Former inmate who sued Texas prisons back behind bars again

Posted on 30 Aug 2007 at 8:57pm

By Associated Press Roderick Keith Johnson sentenced to 19 years for robbery MARSHALL A former inmate who lost his federal civil rights lawsuit against several Texas prison system officials over claims he was raped by fellow prisoners has been sentenced to 19 years in prison for robbery. Roderick Keith Johnson, 39, was sentenced after pleading [...]

Arkansas conservatives working to put adoption ban on 2008 ballot

Posted on 30 Aug 2007 at 8:52pm

By Andrew DeMillo Associated Press LITTLE ROCK A conservative group hopes a ballot item that would ban unmarried couples from adopting or fostering children will effectively reinstate a ban on gay foster parents overturned by the state’s highest court. The head of the Arkansas Family Council said Thursday, Aug. 23, that the broader ban would [...]