Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, March 12, 2004

LOCAL TWO MEMBERS OF STONEWALL DEMOCRATS IN RUNOFF I NATIONAL SUPREME COURT TURNS AWAY BOY SCOUTS'APPEAL I PLUS VIEWPOINTS I TUBE i SPORTS
LOCAL
Dallas lawyer Louise
Raggio recognized for her
long record of civil rights
achievements. PAGE 6.
NATIONAL
A native Texan is one of
the plaintiffs suing
New York for the right
to marry. PAGE 16.
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MARCH 112 I 2004
Governor
responds
to rumors
Flatly denies rumors of impending
divorce, affair with another man,
blames Democratic dirty tricks
By David Webb Staff Writer
Gov. Rick Perry has denied widespread
rumors that his wife, Anita, is planning a divorce
after allegedly finding him in bed with another
man.
Robert Black, a spokesman for Perry,
denounced the rumors as "false, vicious gossip
that after through investigation by numerous
media outlets have been found to be completely
baseless."
"This seems to have been a very well-orches-
See PERRY on PAGE 15
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Rasansky,
gay church
battle over
building lease
Councilman s called a
"crook" before he summons
police, has trio escorted out
By David Webb Staff Writer
Dallas police escorted three members
of a small GLBT church from District
13 City Council member Mitchell
Rasansky's real estate office this week
during a dispute about a building lease.
The Rev. Charles Morrow, pastor of
Jubilee Christian Fellowship, tape-
recorded the meeting on Monday with
Rasansky. The council member can be
heard on the tape ordering the group out
See LEASE on PAGE 20
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
marriage breaks out all over
Attorney general intervenes after gay male couple weds on Monday in
Asbury Park; lawsuits filed in New York, Seattle demanding gay marriage
Gov. Rick Perry and his wife, Anita, are pictured entering
early voting in Austin on March 1. During the past week,
the governor has denied rumors, circulating mainly on the
Internet, that his wife was about to divorce him after dis-
covering he was engaged in an affair with another man.
COWTOWN GRAND ENTRY
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at the Cowtown
Rodeo was a
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Donna Harrison, 42, left, Kenny Simon and Kathy Ragauckas, 41, right, smile after Harrison and Ragauckas filed an appli-
cation for a marriage license in Asbury Park, N.J., on Tuesday.
By John Curran Associated Press
ASBURY PARK, NJ.— A same-sex couple's
marriage Monday at Asbury Park City Hall
prompted at least seven other couples to show up
at the city clerk's office early Tuesday hoping to
obtain marriage licenses before the state's attor-
ney general sought an injunction barring officials
from issuing any more.
Couples entering the office to obtain the neces-
sary paperwork were surrounded by cameras and
reporters.
Some were turned away and told that at least
one partner had to
Harvey said that licenses issued to gay and les-
bian couples by Asbury Park officials are not
valid.
Harvey told The Associated Press Monday
night that his office will seek an injunction to stop
the issuing of more licenses.
"It's our view that any town that issues a mar-
riage license to same-sex couples is not in compli-
ance with the law and is essentially issuing worth-
less paper, since we suspect it will not be enforced
by any court in this state," Harvey said.
Lee Moore, a
reside in Asbury Park.
Marriage licenses could
be given to out-of-state
couples, though, offi-
cials said.
The first couple to
successfully file their
application Tuesday
were Donna Harrison, 42, and her seven-year
partner, Kathy Ragauckas, 41, who both live in
Asbury Park.
"We're Americans, we pay our taxes, we love
each other, and there's no reason why we should-
n't be able to express that," Harrison said.
Hours after the state's first marriage took place
on Monday, State Attorney General Peter C.
"We're Americans, we pay our taxes,
we love each other, and there's no rea
son we shouldn't be able to express
that."
Donna Harrison, who obtained a marriage
license in Asbury Park, N.J., on Tuesday.
spokesman for Harvey,
said it was unlikely that
the attorney general's
office would go to
court Tuesday to seek
the injunction and that
it would probably do so
later in the week.
"I would think that the attorney general has bet-
ter things to do than legislate love between two
consenting adults," Harrison said.
In a short ceremony on Monday afternoon,
Louis Xa\ airete and Ric Best, both of Asbury
Park, tied the knot in City Council chambers
Monday. Deputy Mayor James Bruno performed
See NEW JERSEY on PAGE 22
WEEKEND WEATHER
Fri Mostly cldy, T'storms 65°
Sat Cloudy, T'storms 46/64
Sun Cloudy, T'storms 52/67
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Cloudy, with rain chances 40% Friday and Saturday,
increasing to 50% Saturday night. Increasing winds.
INDEX
FASHION
Local News
6
Hundreds of volunteers
National News
16
and fashion-conscious
Viewpoints
32
supporters are gearing
Lifestyles
34
up for the 15th annual
Calendar
53
DIFFA Dallas Collection,
Starvoice
59
which hits the runway
Classifieds
65
on Saturday. PAGE 34.
FITNESS
Using each other for
resistance, co-authors
Eddy Goicolea and Berg
Arruda develop a work-
out plan aimed at help-
ing gay couples increase
intimacy. PAGE 42.
DINING
With an unfailingly fresh
array of ingredients, Oak
Lawn's Sushi Sapporo
gets high marks for their
Asian fusion menu and
perpetually gracious
staff. PAGE 46.

Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 45, Ed. 1 Friday, March 12, 2004. Dallas, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238885/. Accessed August 28, 2014.