Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 22, No. 40, Ed. 1 Friday, February 17, 2006 Page: 6 of 72
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Malin admits lurid past
Tom Malin, Democratic candidate
for the District 108 seat in the Texas
House of Representatives, acknowl-
edged this week that he had in the
past worked as a male escort.
But Malin denied rumors that he
was withdrawing from the Demo-
cratic Primary race.
Malin faces Jack Borden in the
Democratic Primary on March 7.
The winner of the primary race will
face the Republican incumbent,
Representative Dan Branch, in
"I have admitted to a lurid past. I
have admitted my mistakes and
asked God for forgiveness," Malin
said.. "Now I have moved beyond
Malin said he has moved beyond
his past mistakes, and it is now up to
voters to "choose forgiveness and
grace, or to choose the same old
balderdash over and over again."
For complete coverage of recent
developments in the District 108
race, see the February 24 edition of
False report surfaces in Precinct 5
UCC affiliation process
continues for Cathedral
Leaders from gay church, mainstream denomination to
meet this weekend; COH to participate in ad campaign
ByTammyeNash Staff Writer
Leaders with the Cathedral of Flope
will meet on Saturday with leaders
from the North Texas Association of
the United Church of Christ as the next
step in the Cathedral's quest to become
affiliated with the denomination.
"The process [of affiliation] is mov-
ing on down the road," the Rev. Jo
Hudson, senior pastor and rector of the
Cathedral, said. "The meeting on
Saturday is a great opportunity for us
at the Cathedral to start really getting
to know the regional leaders, and for
them to get to know us."
Fludson also said there may be sev-
eral more meetings between church
and denominational leaders from the
"We are beginning to build relation-
ships within the denomination,"
She added that a visit later this
month from a well-known United
Church of Christ minister will also
help build bridges between the cathe-
dral and the denomination
The Rev. Kenneth Samuel, pastor of
Victory Church in Stone Mountain,
Ga., will be a guest speaker at the
Cathedral this month. Samuel's church
also recently affiliated with the United
Church of Christ denomination,
The Cathedral of Hope congrega-
tion voted on Oct. 30 to seek affiliation
Dupree says opponent
circulated fake assault
charge; Cortez denies claim
By David Webb Staff Writer
Gay Dallas County Precinct 5
Constable Mike Dupree claims his
political opponent's campaign has
engaged in unethical practices in an
attempt to prevent him from winning
the March 7 Democratic Party primary
Dupree said a bogus police report
claiming he was investigated for
alleged sexual assault of a minor has
been taken from door-to-door in some
neighborhoods in Precinct 5 and
shown to voters.
The constable also said his cam-
paign signs are being stolen from busi-
nesses and residences.
"These are ugly campaign tactics,"
Precinct 5 Constable Mike Dupree: "These are
ugly campaign tactics."
said Dupree, who noted he has filed
several police reports about the sign
thefts. "There have been multiple
offenses of criminal mischief and
Precinct 5 candidate Jaime Cortez: "Nobody in
my camp would do such a thing."
Dupree said he suspects the cam-
paign of bis political opponent, Sgt.
See PRECINCT 5 on PAGE 10
Friends oi Reverchon
Park kick off campaign
Master plan for redevelopment to be unveiled during
invitation-only event at Heritage Galleries
By David Webb Staff Writer
with the United Church of Christ, the
only mainstream Christian denomina-
tion to officially support same-sex
The United Church of Christ
denomination is divided into geo-
graphically defined associations,
which are one level above local con-
gregations. It is at the association level
that individuals are authorized for the
ministry and accepted for ordination,
that the transfer of clergy credentials is
accepted or denied and the level at
which decisions on requests for affilia-
tion are made.
The North Texas Association, of
which the cathedral would be a mem-
ber if it is accepted for affiliation,
includes 24 churches and stretches
from the Red River in the north to
Waco in the south, and from Lubbock
in the west to Longview in the east.
The decision to allow a church to
affiliate with the denomination takes
place in two steps within the associa-
In the first step, the association's
Committee on Church and Ministry,
made up of clergy and lay people, will
consider the petition to affiliate.
Saturday's meeting and any beyond
that are part of that consideration, said
Hudson, who came to the cathedral
from a United Church of Christ con-
gregation in College Station and is still
The Rev. Jo Hudson said the Cathedral of Hope
is building relationships with the North Texas
Association of the United Church of Christ as
part of a process that will hopefully lead to
the association accepting the Cathedral into
credentialed as a minister by the
The committee then makes a rec-
ommendation to the association as a
whole. If that recommendation is pos-
itive, representatives from each con-
gregation in the association then vote
on the petition to affiliate.
Hudson said there is no set timeline
for the process to be complete.
In the meantime, Hudson said this
week, the cathedral — as a church
seeking affiliation with the denomina-
tion — has been asked to train to par-
ticipate in an upcoming advertising
campaign being launched by the
denomination's God is Still Speaking
The campaign, designed to promote
the denomination as an open and wel-
coming church where God's teachings
are continually studied and interpreted.
See CATHEDRAL on PAGE 13
The Friends of Reverchon Park are
kicking off a campaign to upgrade the
46-acre park with an invitation-only
celebration next week.
The event will be held at Heritage
Galleries on Feb. 16. The group, which
is dedicated to educating the commu-
nity about the park and raising money
for its restoration, will unveil a master
plan for redevelopment of the 91-year-
"What we are trying to do is target
people in the community that we think
will want to be supportive of the park's
master plan," said Linda White,
spokeswoman for the one-year-old
group. "We're partnering with
Heritage Gardens to introduce the
master plan to some people we thought
might be interested in sponsoring
The master plan was developed by
the landscaping firm Mesa Design
Group of Dallas
The city's 2003 bond program pro-
vided for $2 million in improvements
to Reverchon Park, but Friends of
Reverchon Park would like to make
about $15 million in upgrades, White
"What we hope to do, for example,
is to interest people in adopting and
taking on the ball field to restore it to
its historic status," White said.
Other projects to be adopted out
Linda White, spokeswoman for Friends of
Reverchon Park, says the group is targeting
people who are supportive of plans to improve
would be reconfiguration of the recre-
ation center to create an outdoor pavil-
ion to hold events, redeveloping the
iris garden and installing new gates to
the park from Maple Avenue, she said.
White said improvements to the
park are needed because it is a major
feature of Oak Lawn.
"Our community is getting denser
by the minute," White said. "There's
not going to be much left. We're hop-
ing we can preserve what little we
have and tie it into what the Turtle
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