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VOLUME 23 I ISSUE 24
OCTOBER I 27 I 2006
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR LGBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Adding bells in New Jersey
Supreme Court rules state must give same-sex couples
same rights as heterosexual married couples, but leaves
Legislature the option of instituting civil unions
SyAnn Rostow Contributing Writer
The Wew Jersey Supreme Court
advanced the ball towards marriage
equality on Wednesday, but the major-
ity of justices fell far short of the end
Writing for four members of the
court, Justice Barry T. Albin ruled that
the state constitution requires that the
state's same-sex couples receive all the
rights and benefits now enjoyed by
married couples. As for the word
"marriage/' Albin and company found
no constitutional right to the term
itself, thus holding back the intangible
Fisher served 7 years of
12-year sentence for lying
to investigators about the
death of Barry Winchell
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A former
soldier convicted in connection with
the murder of another soldier because
he was believed to be gay was released
from a local halfway house, according
to an advocacy group for gays and les-
bians in the military.
Steve Ralls, spokesman for the
Washington, D.C.-based Servicemem-
bers Legal Defense Network, said for-
mer Spc. Justin Fisher was released
See FISHER on PAGE 30
After shooting four fea-
tures in North Texas,
queer local filmmaker
Israel Luna finally finds
himself invited to par-
ticipate in Out Takes
Dallas. PAGE 42.
and arguably most profound attributes
of the very institution that same-sex
couples sought to join.
The majority left the matter in the
hands of state lawmakers, who were
given six months to come up with a
statutory scheme to level the playing
field. As long as the end result pro-
vides equal treatment, the court said,
"we will not presume that a difference
in name alone is of constitutional mag-
Led by retiring Chief Justice
Deborah Poritz, the three other justices
agreed that the benefits of marriage
should be extended to gay men and
women, but they argued vehemently
with the notion that marriage and mar-
riage rights could be torn asunder and
considered as two separate issues.
"What we name things matters,"
Poritz wrote. "Language matters."
"By excluding same-sex couples
from civil marriage," she continued,
"the state declares that it is legitimate
to differentiate between their commit-
ments and the commitments of hetero-
sexual couples. Ultimately, the mes-
sage is that what same-sex couples
have is not as important as 'real' mar-
riage, that such lesser relationships
cannot have the name of marriage."
By and large, the GLBT communi-
See DECISION on PAGE 30
A GRAND OL' TIME
Dallas City Council member Ed Oakley, philanthropist Trammell S. Crow and
Congressman Jim Kolbe attend Log Cabin Republican's 10th annual "Grand OF Party" in
Dallas on Oct. 21. The event raised about $20,000 through ticket sales, a silent auction
and contributions. The party, which was attended by about 80 people, was held at the
Fairmont Hotel and honored Crow for his generosity to the gay political group.
Want to know if your
costume is in or out?
Coy Covington tells how
to dress like a fashion-
plate for Halloween and
not be told 'auf
Wiedersehen.' PAGE 64.
Former Dallasite Paul
and directed 'Hellbent'
on a shoestring budget.
The gay slasher-flick
both terrorizes and
titillates. PAGE 81.
Justice Barry T. Albin authored the majority
ruling that gives the Legislature six months
to amend the marriage statutes or establish
a civil union system for gay couples.
Chief Justice Deborah Poritz wrote the minor-
ity opinion saying same-sex couples should
be given access to traditional marriage and
All hail the king —
Openly-gay student surprised when fellow students elect
him homecoming king at conservative East Texas school
By David Webb Senior Staff Writer
University of Texas at Tyler senior
Chad Myers admits his recent election
as the school's first openly gay home-
coming king surprised a lot of people
— especially him.
"Everyone knows me as openly
gay," Myers said. "It was a surprise to
me when I won."
Myers was elected during home-
coming activities on Oct. 14. He was
crowned along with homecoming
queen Lea Guard, who is a senior
Myers, who came out his senior
year in high school in Liberty Hill
north of Austin, said the Tyler campus
is hardly thought of as a liberal haven.
"I had never been called a faggot
until I moved to East Texas," Myers
said. "I think it is a pretty big deal that
an openly gay guy won homecoming
king at such a conservative school.
Thanks to everyone that voted for
National News 21
by the stu-
by the Black
Students Association, the Baptist
Student Ministry, the University
Students Veterans Association and
Every organization on campus is
allowed to nominate one male for
homecoming king and one female for
Myers said the school does not
release the number of votes each can-
See KING on PAGE 10
FRI Partly Cloudy 66°
A cool front drops highs into the 70s for the weekend. But skies
should stay clear through Sunday, making perfect weather
Saturday night for the Halloween Street Party.
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