Author: Tammye Nash

Going on the offensive

LGBT ally Rep. Rafael Anchia will file bills to repeal the Texas ban on marriage equality Monday   Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Even as Texas’ LGBT community is still reeling from the disappointment of the 2014 midterm elections, a group of LGBT allies in the Texas Legislature announced this week that they are “going on the offensive” against the Lone Star State’s ban on marriage equality. State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, and Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston, are joining with colleagues in the Texas Senate on Monday, Nov.  10, to pre-file legislation providing for both a statutory repeal and...

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6th Circuit upholds marriage discrimination

Ruling is first at appellate level to go against equality, establishes need for SCOTUS to rule Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service [email protected] In a decision that will compel the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of marriage equality bans, a panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, Nov. 6, that it is not unconstitutional for a state to ban marriage licenses for same-sex couples or refuse to recognize marriage licenses such couples obtain from other states. It is the first federal appeals court to make such a ruling, and this one reversed six lower court rulings in four states, setting it on a direct path to the U.S. Supreme Court. Many court observers believe they know how the Supreme Court will rule: that such bans are unconstitutional. That’s because on Oct. 6, there were not even four justices willing to hear appeals in defense of such bans. And the 40-page Sixth Circuit panel decision now creates a conflict among the circuits, essentially compelling the Supreme Court to make a definitive ruling on the issue. The 2-to-1 decision from the Sixth Circuit was what many had also predicted. The two Republican appointees — both appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush — upheld the state bans. The one Democratic appointee — a Clinton choice — voted in dissent. Writing for the...

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6th Circuit upholds marriage discrimination

Ruling is first at appellate level to go against equality, establishes need to Supreme Court ruling   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service [email protected] In a decision that will compel the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of marriage equality bans, a panel of the Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, Nov. 6, that it is not unconstitutional for a state to ban marriage licenses for same-sex couples or refuse to recognize marriage licenses such couples obtain from other states. It is the first federal appeals court to make such a ruling, and this one...

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Opera review: ‘Salome’

The Dallas Opera’s second title of the season is the outrageous Salome. Perhaps the most depraved plot in all opera — and that’s saying something — this retelling of the Bible story is adapted from a German translation of Oscar Wilde’s play. Richard Strauss’ very challenging music only adds to the electrifying story. This lustful and sordid work, with a macabre conclusion, made it a good pick to open the week of Halloween. Princess Salome (soprano Deborah Voigt) is a young woman whose powerful stepfather/uncle Herod (tenor Robert Brubaker) can’t keep his eyes and hands off her. She, in...

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Healey makes history; Michaud falls short

The good and the bad for LGBT and ally candidates in Tuesday’s election   Lisa Keen  |  Keen News Service [email protected] Lesbian attorney Maura Healey made history Tuesday night, Nov. 4, winning election as Massachusetts’ attorney general and becoming the first openly gay person to be elected as attorney general of any state. But U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s chances of becoming the first openly gay person to be elected governor of any state fell short. There were mixed results for other LGBT candidates Tuesday night. One of the U.S. House’s six openly LGBT members lost re-election, and — so...

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