Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 23, No. 04, Ed. 1 Friday, June 9, 2006 Page: 1 of 60
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LOCAL MILLER ELECTED TAVERN GUILD PRESIDENT NATIONAL ALABAMA VOTERS PASS ANTI-GAY-MARRIAGE AMENDMENT PLUS VIEWPOINTS ADVICE DINING SCENE
VOLUME 23 I ISSUE 04
hosts two minutes
of GLBT video news
celebrates its 15th
weekend. PAGE 6.
rights law takes
effect when refer-
endum effort fails.
JUNE I 09 I 2006
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Federal marriage amendment dies in Senate
Supporters fall 11 votes shy of majority needed to force
up-or-down vote on measure to ban legal gay unions
From Staff and Wire Reports
The Senate on Wednesday rejected
a constitutional amendment to ban gay
marriage, killing the effort at least for
this congressional session.
The 49-48 vote fell 11 short of the
60 required to send the matter for an
up-or-down tally by the full Senate.
The amendment would have to pass
the full Senate by a two-thirds majori-
ty, or 67 votes.
Supporters said the vote reflected
growing support for the federal
amendment among senators and
"We're building votes," said Sen.
David Vitter, R-La., who is among
supporters of the ban who were not
members of the Senate when the
amendment was last voted on in 2004.
"That's often what's required over
several years to get there, particularly
to a two-thirds vote."
But Patrick Guerriero, president of
Log Cabin Republicans, called that
"Supporters of this amendment
get 50 senators
vote.... It takes
67 votes to pass
ment, and more
than half of the
Senate has said
support this on an up-or-down vote,"
Guerriero pointed out that "as many
as a dozen" Republican senators had
voiced reservations about the amend-
ment, led by Sen. Arlen Specter of
Pennsylvania, who called the amend-
See AMENDMENT on PAGE 20
Sen. Arlen Specter
Democrats gather in :ort Worth
GLBT Texans will make up a sig-
nificant portion of the Democrats
gathering in Fort Worth this weekend
for the Texas Democratic Convention,
according to local GLBT Democratic
One big draw for them is Glen
Maxey's campaign as the first openly-
gay candidate for state party chair.
Maxey vying for state Democratic chair; record number
of GLBT candidates seeking committee seats
By Tammye Nash Staff Writer
BIRCH AWARD WINNER
Bisexual actor Alan Gumming will receive
the 2006 Elizabeth Birch Award during
the 25th annual Black Tie Dinner in
November. STORY, PAGE 6.
Maxey, a former state lawmaker from
Austin, was the founding executive
director of Equality Texas and has
been a force in the Democratic party
for 30 years.
Shannon Bailey, president of
Stonewall Democrats of Texas, said
that at least 75 GLBT delegates are set
to attend the convention.
"Those are just the ones we know of
for sure, the ones from local Stonewall
chapters," Bailey said. "There will be
a lot more GLBT delegates than that
who are there."
He said about 5,200 delegates and
3,000 alternates are expected to attend.
Jesse Garcia, spokesman for
Stonewall Democrats of Dallas, said
the large number indicates that more
See CONVENTION on PAGE 1(1
PEACE TAKES WING
Members of Celebration Community Church express their hope for peace with their float in
the Tarrant County Gay Pride Parade held Sunday in Fort Worth. The float featured three
giant white doves carrying a rainbow-colored gay Pride banner, followed by church mem-
bers on foot carrying smaller paper cutouts of doves. The Tarrant County Gay Pride Week
Association concludes its 25th anniversary Pride celebration with the Pride Picnic at the
7th Street Pavilion in Trinity Park from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
DART considers domestic partner bene its
proposal expected within
90 days, spokesman says
By David Webb Staff Writer
Dallas Area Rapid Transit officials
are considering a proposal to add
domestic partner benefits to the
agency's employee compensation
package, according to a DART
Former Dallasite Skie
Ocasio returns to a
Metroplex stage —
acting in 'Bombay
Dreams' and raising
money for AIDS chari-
ties. PAGE 30.
Israel Luna says a sum-
mer teaching position
was rescinded due to
tials.' So the gay director
created a biting satire
about DISD. PAGE 32.
Morgan Lyons, manager of media
relations, said the proposal arose dur-
ing a review of the agency's policies
that began early this year.
Management teams are studying
salaries and benefits, including health
insurance, retirement and paid time
off, he said.
The group studying health insur-
ance benefits is expected to make a
recommendation about the benefits to
the executive office in about 90 days,
Chuck Palahniuk, the
gay author of 'Fight
Club,' visits Dallas for
one of his legendary
book readings. Someone
wish him a Happy Gay
Pride Month. PAGE 34.
"The next step is for the work group
to make some decisions and make
their recommendations," Lyons said.
"Then we'll see what goes from
Lyons said the proposal was made
by employees who want domestic
partner benefits to be offered.
David Schulze, a DART lawyer,
said he approached the group studying
health insurance benefits and asked its
members to consider recommending
the addition of domestic partner bene-
"I wanted to make sure manage-
ment was aware there were employees
who were concerned about this issue,
and we wanted to have it discussed,"
Schulze formerly worked for the
Dallas city attorney's office and was
responsible for drafting the 2002 revi-
See BENEFITS on PAGE 10
National News 14
Get out those shorts and sunscreen as you head to Fort Worth for
the Tarrant County Gay Pride Picnic on Saturday. Skies will be
clear and temperatures will near or exceed 100 degrees.
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