Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 23, No. 41, Ed. 1 Friday, February 23, 2007 Page: 1 of 60
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FEBRUARY I 23 I 2007
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR LGBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Episcopal school association investigates treatment of student
Child's godmother filed complaint; Episcopal school
association official says expelling student based on
parent's sexual orientation would violate policy
By David Webb Assistant Editor
An Episcopal School in Wichita
Palls that allegedly forced the lesbian
parents of a 3-year-old boy to with-
draw him unless they hid their rela-
tionship is under investigation by the
Southwestern Association of
Connie Wootton, executive director
of the association, said a complaint
was filed against The Episcopal
School of Wichita Falls last fall by the
child's godmother, and that she plans
to complete the investigation and
make her recommendation to the asso-
ciation's board of directors by May.
The expulsion of a child because his or
are gay or
would be a
are membership and accreditation —
big issues," Wootton said.
Wootton said the godmother's com-
plaint and the school's written rebuttal
about what happened when the child's
parents removed him from school in
September 2005 and moved to Canada
are contradictory. The association is
attempting to determine what actually
happened, she said.
"We have two very different ver-
sions of the story here," Wootton said.
"We're not trying to dodge the issue."
In the meantime, the 53-year-old
school has taken steps to change its
name to the Christ Academy, and it is
seeking accreditation from the
Association of Christian Schools
But Keven Robertson, the school's
principal, denied that the name change
and the planned new accreditation
were a response to the association's
investigation of the complaint. The
school's officials want dual accredita-
tion, she said.
"We have a multi-denominational
student body, and we had been looking
at doing that for the last couple of
See SCHOOL on PAGE 9
Gittings helped organize
first LGBT protests at
White House and
PHILADELPHIA — Barbara
Gittings, a gay rights activist since
the late 1950s,
Feb. 18. She
died after a
Mark Segal, a
friend and the publisher of the
Philadelphia Gay News.
Gittings helped organize the
New York City chapter of the
Daughters of Bilitis, an early les-
bian rights organization, in the
1950s. During her work with that
group, she met her life partner, Kay
Lahusen. The two had been togeth-
See GITTINGS on PAGE 15
New Jersey gay couples lining up or civil unions
Lt. Jim Dangle was spot-
ted at a gun parlor on
Mockingbird Avenue. The
Reno policeman dis-
cusses cavity searches
and cooking hot dogs
with a Taser. PAGE 30.
Civil unions are 'step
forward,' but not as good
as marriage, activists say
By Geoff Mulvihill Associated Press
TKAXHCK. N.J. Shortly after
midnight on Monday, Feb. 19,
Steven Goldstein and Daniel Gross
renewed their vows as New Jersey
became the third state in the nation
to offer civil unions for gay couples.
The law that took effect Monday
was "a big giant step forward," said
state Sen. Loretta Weinberg, a prime
sponsor of the civil unions law, who
hosted ceremonies in her office for
couples including Goldstein and
The civil unions, which offer the
legal benefits but not the title of
marriage, were granted automatical-
ly to the hundreds of gay New
Jersey couples who had previously
been joined in civil unions or mar-
ried in other states or nations.
For Goldstein and Gross, that
meant reaffirming their Vermont
civil union. They would have had
the rights in New Jersey even with-
out holding the midnight ceremony.
Their civil union license —No. 1
— was completed at 12:09 a.m.
Monday by Teaneck registrar Laura
Elsewhere across the state, a
handful of town halls opened at
See ONIONS on PAGE 16
Mark Cuban bashed Tim
Hardaway and urged
gay basketball players
to come out. Maybe the
Mavs will be a presence
at Dallas' next gay
Pride. PAGE 32.
left, and his
show off their
Civil Union cer-
tificate for the
ny at midnight
19, in Teaneck,
Air Force officer s trial for gay rape begins
Defense says sex was consensual, accusers lying to avoid
having their sexual orientation revealed to the military
By Melissa Nelson Associated Press
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.
— Men who say they were drugged
and raped by an Air Force officer lied
to avoid being revealed as gay in the
military, a defense attorney told a mil-
itary jury Tuesday, Feb. 20.
Piano's Michael Urie hit
it big on 'Ugly Betty.'
But the Texas boy hasn't
forgotten his hometown
— he co-hosts the
Column Awards Gala on
Monday. PAGE 34.
Capt. Devery L. Taylor, former
chief of patient administration at Eglin
Regional Hospital, is gay and engaged
in consensual sex with the men, his
civilian attorney, Martin Regan, said
during opening arguments in Taylor's
National News 14
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Taylor, 38, pleaded not guilty
Monday, Feb. 19 to raping four men
and attempting to rape two others;
prosecutor Capt. Eveylon Westbrook
described him as a serial rapist.
He faces a maximum sentence of
life in prison without parole if convict-
ed of all the charges against him. The
charges are two counts of attempted
See TRIAL on PAGE 15
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