Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2006 Page: 1 of 72
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MALIN ACKNOWLEDGES PAST AS ESCORT
MASSACHUSETTS COURT DELAYS DECISION ON MARRIAGE
VIEWPOINTS TRAVEL DANCE AUTO
Precinct 5 Constable
Mike Dupree accuses
opponent of dirty
politics. PAGE 6
The Rev. Jerry Falwell, a
Baptist evangelist says
he once approved of
gay marriage. PAGE 16
VOLUME 22 I ISSUE 40
FEBRUARY I 17 I 2006
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Gay Episcopal bishop
admits to alcoholism
Robinson enters treatment center after becoming
concerned about growing dependence on alcohol
By Anne Saunders Associated Press
CONCORD, New Hampshire —
The Episcopal Church's first openly
gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson, is
being treated for alcoholism, a step
that surprised friends and colleagues
but seemed unlikely to threaten his
position in the church.
A key administrative committee
said it stood by Robinson, whose 2003
election as bishop of New Hampshire
caused a furor in worldwide
Anglicanism because he lives with a
"I am writing to you from an alco-
hol treatment center where on Feb. 1,
with the encouragement and support
of my partner, daughters and col-
leagues, I checked myself in to deal
with my increasing dependence on
alcohol," Robinson wrote in an e-mail
to clergy Monday.
Robinson's assistant at the Diocese
of New Hampshire, the Rev. Tim
Rich, said Tuesday that a growing
awareness of his problem — rather
than a crisis — led to Robinson's deci-
In his letter, Robinson, 58, said he
has been dealing with alcoholism for
years and had considered it "as a fail-
ure of will or discipline on my part,
rather than a disease over which my
particular body simply has no control,
except to stop drinking altogether."
The Episcopal Church, based in
New York City, lets dioceses handle
such matters and referred calls about
Robinson to New Hampshire.
Between diocesan conventions, an
elected "standing committee'1 of
priests and parishioners usually
decides administrative questions,
New York court strikes
down equal benefit law
Law passed by New York City council over mayor's
veto required contractors to provide partner benefits
By Mark Johnson Associated Press
The Episcopal Church's first openly gay
bishop, V. Gene Robinson, surprises friends
and colleagues by entering an alcohol
including handling a bishop's
The standing committee said it
"fully" supports Robinson. "We com-
mend him for his courageous example
to us all, as we pray daily for him and
for his ministry among us," the com-
mittee said in a statement.
The Rev. David Jones, rector of
See ROBINSON on PAGE 29
ALBANY, New York — The
state's highest court, dealing a victory
to New York City Mayor Michael
Bloomberg, on Tuesday ruled an anti-
discrimination law passed by the City
Council over the mayor's objections
The Equal Benefits Law, enacted
by the council over the mayor's veto
in June 2004, had required the city to
do business only with contractors and
property owners that agree to provide
the same benefits for the domestic
partners of employees as they do for
the spouses of employees.
Bloomberg had initially refused to
enforce the law but was ordered to do
so after the Council sued in Supreme
Court. The council argued that the
mayor's refusal to carry out the law
had upset the separation of powers.
An appeals court overturned that
ruling, saying the city statute conflict-
ed with competitive bidding require-
ments in state law and was invalid.
City Council Speaker Christine
Quinn, the first openly gay person
elected as speaker of the City
Council, vowed to continue pushing
for benefits for domestic partners.
"Although we are disappointed
with the court's ruling, we are here
today most importantly to make it
clear that our efforts to make sure that
the equal benefits bill becomes the
equal benefits law of the city of New
York — those efforts are not over,"
In a 4-3 decision, the Court of
Appeals upheld the mid-level appeals
court, saying state and federal laws
See BENEFIT LAW on PAGE 29
Gay travel agents from
around world to gather
By Tammye Nash Staff Writer
About 60 travel professionals
from around the world are expected
to be in Dallas by next Wednesday
to participate in the International
Gay and Lesbian Travel
Association's annual February
Symposium, association officials
The association holds two sym-
posiums and one convention each
year, according to John Tanzella,
FRI Fzg Rain Likely 39°
Gay photographer fights rare illness
The symposiums are intended to
provide an opportunity to discover
destinations appealing to the les^
bian and gay traveler, according to
information on the association's
website. The meetings offer oppor-
tunities to network, meet members
from other parts of the world and
attend educational seminars,
The Dallas event will include a
consumer trade show that is open to
the public and a tour of the city for
See IGLTA on PAGE 13
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A cold front moves into North Texas on Friday night, dropping tem-
peratures below freezing overnight Rain on Friday gives way to
sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday.. Winds are high on Saturday.
Star Jones Reynolds
offers advice about find-
ing the ideal man, and
she goes off when asked
glaringly obvious ques-
tions about her hus-
band. PAGE 34.
Mobility slowly returns
3 months after he suffers
paralysis from neck down
By David Webb Staff Writer
Dallas photographer Michael
Lowe didn't give it much thought
when he felt unexplainably fatigued
one afternoon in November while
shopping and decided to return
home for a nap.
"I've always really moved so
fast," said Lowe; 47. *'I thought
maybe life was just catching up
But when Lowe woke up from
his nap, he had trouble getting out
of bed. To his astonishment, paraly-
sis was beginning to set in from his
It was especially frightening for
Now unable to use his arms or hands, photographer Michael Lowe is trying his talent with oil
painting. He uses his teeth to hold the brush and paint.
Lowe, who as a young child suf-
fered polio and spent a year in an
iron lung, paralyzed.
See RARE ILLNESS on PAGE 14
A Dallas couple inspire
Willie Nelson's gay cow-
boy song, and on
Valentine's Day, The
Round-Up Saloon turned
into a boot-scooting
Willie test. PAGE 38.
A bare-chested leading
man and soaring voices
make Uptown Players'
'Aida' a joyous show.
'Deathtrap' ditches the
big gay kiss. PAGE 50.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2006, newspaper, February 17, 2006; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth238896/m1/1/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.