Terri Hodge released, on her way home

Terri Hodge

Former state Rep. Terri Hodge gas been released from a federal prison in Lexington, Ky., and was due to arrive back in Dallas this afternoon, according to a report in The Dallas Morning News.

Hodge, considered to be one of the LGBT community’s staunchest allies during her tenure in the Texas House of Representatives, ended her re-election campaign and resigned in February 2010 after pleading guilty to income tax evasion charges. The charges were filed in connection with a federal investigation into corrupt housing deals involving city of Dallas officials. The main target of the investigation, former Dallas Councilman Don Hill, is serving an 18-year sentence after being convicted of bribery and extortion.

in April 2010, Hodge was sentenced to one year in prison in return for her guilty plea, and she began serving that sentence last June.

Harryette Ehrhardt, Hodge’s friend who is also a former state representative and a strong LGBT ally, told the Morning News that Hodge would serve the remaining few months of her sentence at a halfway house in Hutchins.

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What’s Brewing: Austin fire chief, DOMA poll, closeted pol arrested

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Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr

1. After being called a “company man,” Austin’s Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr said she is not gay, according to the Austin Chronicle. The local head of the NAACP said the reference by the mayor of Austin was a slur because it was well known that Kerr was lesbian.

“I am not a gay woman. I am totally supportive of all of my LGBT friends and workers and employees. I would just like the record to be straight that I am not a gay woman,” Kerr said.

2.U.S. News and World Report, a conservative news magazine, is running competing editorials under the banner “Is the Defense of Marriage Act Constitutional?” The editorials are by Tony Perkins, director of the Family Research Council and HRC’s Joe Solomonese. In the voting as of this morning, the response is 89 percent thought DOMA was unconstitutional.

3. The latest political hypocrite is New York State Senator Carl Kruger who was arrested yesterday on bribery charges. Kruger is accused of taking $1 million in bribes. His longtime partner Michael Turano was arrested for laundering the money. The (formerly) closeted senator, a Democrat, voted against same-sex marriage last year, according to the New York Post.

—  David Taffet