Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 48, Ed. 1 Friday, April 18, 2008 Page: 1 of 72
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VOLUME 24 I ISSUE 48
APRIL 118 I 2008
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR LGBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Local church ready to confront UM over discrimination
NORTHAVEN UNITED METHODISTCHUI
JOHN WRIGHT/Dallas Voice
Mary Lowrance says she believes she cannot be part of the efforts to change the United Methodist Church's anti-gay policies unless she remains engaged in the church.
Northaven joining with Soulforce,
Reconciling Ministries to make
a stand at United Methodist
General Conference in Fort Worth
By John Wright Staff Writer
FORT WORTH — The only thing Mary
Lowrance ever wanted to do was be a minister
in the United Methodist Church.
In 1994, after graduating from Brite Divinity
School at Texas Christian University Lowrance
said she answered God's calling and was
ordained a UMC elder,
Lowrance married a man who was also a
Methodist minister, and she served various con-
gregations in the Fort Worth area over the next
"My awareness that I was a lesbian, I buried
that as deep as I could, because I knew what the
church's position was on that," Lowrance said.
"For a while, I thought I'd live in the closet until
the day I died."
But after Lowrance and her husband were
divorced in 2002, she said she gradually began
to come to terms with her sexual orientation.
As a result, she was overcome by a deep sense
of guilt, as well as the fear of a church trial, and
especially the impact it would have on her
See UMC on PAGE 16
Activists ask Collin
County to protect
Move comes in wake of effort to
oust gay Teen Court coordinator
By John Wright Staff Writer
MCKINNEY — Two weeks after the job of
Teen Court coordinator Justin Nichols was
threatened because he's gay, Collin County
commissioners were urged Tuesday, April 15 to
enact an employment policy that prohibits dis-
crimination based on sexual orientation.
A county official said Wednesday April 16
that commissioners didn't discuss or act on the
proposal because it wasn't on the agenda for
Tuesday's regular meeting.
Schwarzenegger vows to
fight anti-gay amendment
Blogger says California court set to strike down law barring gay marriage
By Rex Wockner Wockner News Service
Dawnetta Miller, co-founder of the Collin
County Gay and Lesbian Alliance, was one of
three CCGLA representatives who addressed
the Commissioners Court.
"What's gone on with Justin certainly has
made the community stand up and take notice,
the general community as well as our own
community, but these are things we've been
See COLLIN COUNTY on PAGE 12
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Friday starts out cloudy but sun prevails by the afternoon, and
the skies will stay clear through Saturday. But the clouds come
back on Sunday and hang around most of the week.
Dallas-bred rebel singer
Michelle Shocked dis-
putes her former status
as a lesbian. Now she's
an evangelical Christian
who believes being gay
is a sin. PAGE 34.
SAN DIEGO — Speaking April 11 at the Log
Cabin Republicans National Convention,
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said
the effort by anti-gay forces to amend the
California Constitution to permanently ban
same-sex marriage is "a total waste of time" and
that he will fight against it.
Anti-gay activists claim they have collected
almost enough voter signatures to put an initia-
tive on the November ballot that would let vot-
ers directly amend the Constitution.
Schwarzenegger addressed the 200 LGBT
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Republicans for about 20
minutes, ending with a
sion with Log Cabin
Sammon said to the
governor: "Our organiza-
tion started here in
California in 1978 and
grew out of a ballot initiative — the Biiggs
See SCHWARZENEGGER on PAGE 28
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Nash, Tammye. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 24, No. 48, Ed. 1 Friday, April 18, 2008, newspaper, April 18, 2008; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth239008/m1/1/: accessed March 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.