Author: Tammye Nash

Prosper teacher fired after public lewdness arrest

Award-winning journalism teacher Patrick Brian Kennedy, 43, has been fired from his job at Prosper High School after being arrested in McKinney on Monday, Feb. 19, on a public lewdness charge. WFAA Channel 8 reported Wednesday afternoon that Kennedy was arrested after an off-duty police officer saw him “engaged in lewd conduct” in the bathroom of a Taco Bell restaurant on Eldorado Parkway in McKinney. Records from the Collin County Sheriff’s Office indicate that Kennedy was arrested at 3:37 p.m. There is no indication in the records that anyone else was arrested with Kennedy. Prosper Independent School District officials...

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Arkansas to pay attorney for same-sex couples in lawsuit

From the Associated Press LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The state of Arkansas has been ordered to pay more than $71,000 to the attorney for same-sex couples that won a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state’s birth-certificate law was unconstitutional. Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Tim Fox ruled Friday, Feb. 16, that the state must pay attorney Cheryl Maples for her work leading to the ruling that Arkansas must issue birth certificates to married lesbian couples that list both spouses as the parents of their children. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge’s spokeswoman, Jessica Ray, told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that the...

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Fort Worth couple suing HHS, Catholic Charities after being rejected as foster parents

A Fort Worth couple announced today (Tuesday, Feb. 20) that they have filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops after being denied the opportunity to event apply to serve as foster parents for refugee children because they are a same-sex couple. Lambda Legal filed the case this morning in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Fatma Marouf and Bryn Esplin, who have been married since May 2015. Lambda Legal Senior Counsel Kenneth D. Upton, explained that the lawsuit is based on...

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Voting while trans: Tips for making sure your vote is counted

We all know voting matters. Our elected officials have direct impacts on our lives, especially at the local level. But being transgender can often lead to anxiety when it is time to cast your vote. I’m lucky enough to have voted without incident for several years, but I know that many in our community can’t say that. I want to make sure that everyone has the tools you need to successfully navigate voting in the upcoming primaries. So here are my best tips for “voting while trans.” VOTE EARLY. The early voting period begins February 20 and runs through...

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SMU College Dems hosting gubernatorial debate

SMU College Democrats are set to host debate among Democratic candidates for governor at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center Theater, 3140 Dyer St. Tickets are free, but attendees must RSVP here. Six of the 10 Democratic gubernatorial candidates will participate in the debate. They are: Demetria Smith, Jeffrey Payne, Tom Wakely, Adrian Ocegueda, Andrew White and Cedric Davis Sr. (Although some sources say Demetria Smith has been disqualified, she is listed among the candidates on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.) Darcy White, a member of SMU College Democrats and SMU Debate, said the democratic...

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