Forest Hill mother faces assault charge after beating son for having gay sex

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A mother is facing a Class-A misdemeanor assault charge in Tarrant County after she beat her son with an electrical cord to punish him for having gay sex.

Erica Moore said she walked in on her 15-year-old son having sex with his male cousin, who was 18 at the time. She then beat him with an electrical cord because she believes homosexuality is a sin, she told KTVT.

The beating caused bleeding and left marks on the boy’s thighs, forearms, hands, torso and back. After the teen’s grandmother took him to the hospital to treat the bruises from the beating, police arrived a few months later to charge Moore with assault.

But Moore says it wasn’t child abuse because she was raised the same way and her son the way she used to be disciplined.

From KTVT:

“Even that day when the police officer came out here, he told me out of his own mouth, ‘If it was me and I walked in on my child,’ he said, ‘parent to parent I probably would have shot him. I probably would have shot both of them.’ He said but with the law you can’t, you’re not allowed to put whoops on him. He said you can whoop him but you’re not allowed to leave any marks on him,” she said.

She claims she would’ve done the same thing if she caught her daughter in a sexual act.

“So I said, ‘OK, what do you do in a situation like that where I’m catching my son having sex?’” she said. “It would be no different than me catching my daughter and she had a boy in the house and me disciplining her for having a boy in the house.”

—  Dallasvoice

Dave Guy-Gainer loses bid to become Tarrant County's 3rd openly gay elected official

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Dave Guy-Gainer

Dave Guy-Gainer lost his bid to become Tarrant County’s third openly gay elected official on Saturday. Incumbent Gerald Joubert defeated Guy-Gainer in a runoff for Forest Hill’s Place 3 City Council seat by a margin of 282 votes to 227.

Asked whether he feels his sexual orientation was a factor in the outcome, Gainer said: “Perhaps, but I really don’t think so. It was a ‘newcomer’ taking on a 12-year incumbent.”

Guy-Gainer added that it was a “great race” in which he learned a lot about Forest Hill.

Perhaps this will also give him more time to focus on repealing “don’t ask don’t tell.”

With Guy-Gainer’s defeat, Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns and Fort Worth ISD board member Carlos Vasquez remain the only two openly gay elected officials in the history of Tarrant County.

—  John Wright

Guy-Gainer in runoff; 2 of 3 Stonewall-endorsed candidates win DISD races

Three Dallas Independent School District races were decided Saturday without runoffs. Nancy Bingham won District 4; Lew Blackburn won District 5; and Eric Cowan won District 7.

Stonewall Democrats endorsed Cowan and Blackburn. In the District 4 race Stoneawll endorsed Camile White over Bingham, the incumbent.

In a Tarrant County race watched by Dallas Voice, Dave Gainer advanced to a runoff after finishing second with 34 percent of the vote for the Place 3 city council seat in Forest Hill, according to unofficial results. Gainer will face incumbent Gerald Joubert, who received 43 percent of the vote. Rodney Wright finished third with 23 percent of the vote.

The vote was closer than the percentages made it appear. Fewer than 1,000 ballots were cast, and only 91 votes separated Joubert and Gainer.

The runoff will be in June.

—  David Taffet

SLDN board member Dave Gainer on Friday's DADT setback: 'Delay is not an action verb'

Dave Gainer, right, is none too pleased about Friday's news
Dave Gainer, right, is shown in 2008 talking to a gay veteran who was discharged under DADT

Dave Gainer is officially starting to implode. Gainer, a local board member for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, told the Voice last week that if “don’t ask don’t tell” isn’t repealed this year, “I’m going to implode.” Well no sooner had our story on Gainer come out, when Defense Secretary Robert Gates issued a crushing blow to any possible repeal of the ban on open military service in 2010. In case you were already off to happy hour when the blow hit, Gates basically wrote a letter to Congress telling lawmakers not to even think about repealing DADT until a Pentagon study of the impact is complete. The study won’t be finished until December, which means a repeal couldn’t happen until next year. But since we’ll undoubtedly lose votes in Congress in November elections, such a delay would effectively push back a potential repeal until after the 2012 elections — which means 2013. Now then, here’s Gainer’s reaction, fresh from the Inbox:

Secretary Gates and the president in separate language this past weekend espoused delaying congressional action on the repeal of DADT. Delay is not an action verb! I suppose it is, though if you consider that every day that DADT remains law, another LGB patriot is fired and their very soul crushed. In that sense, delay is action – perverse, bigoted, hateful action. So, I cannot personally accept any timeline nor proposal that further delays the demise of DADT. Certainly not one that suggests that Congress should take NO action until the DOD completes its study. The president, the secretary of defense, the current chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the speaker and 189 members of the House, and senior senators all have said that this law must end, and this discrimination stop. The DOD Working Group is proceeding smartly with its study of HOW to implement inclusion and not IF. I am certain there are many elements that they must study. But, in my mind, there should be a date certain when implementation shall begin. [SLDN executive director] Aubrey Sarvis’ recommended timeline makes sense — pass a bill now that declares a date certain. Codify the DOD study as being an implementation study. Use the Dec. 1 date as the date that DOD is directed to implement the law giving DOD no more than 60 days hence to achieve full inclusion. The attachment of HR 1283 to the defense budget is certainly one vehicle to be considered. But politically looming are the mid-term elections in November. Will our politicians duck for cover with that in consideration? We need to keep the pressure on both houses of Congress and fortify HR 1283 and SR 3065. We must not wait until Dec. 1 to take action.


—  John Wright