Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, May 28, 2004 Page: 1 of 72
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LOCAL » GAY PRIDE, TARRANT STYLE I NATIONAL » CALIFORNIA COURT HEARS MARRIAGE LICENSE CASE I FLOS » VIEWPOINTS I SCREEN 1 STAGE I FASHION I SPORTS
VOLUME 21 I ISSUE 3
It’s all about couples at
the Couples National
Network convention this
weekend. PAGE 6.
Gays vow to stay in D.C.
rather than move to
Virginia suburbs after
law passed. PAGE 16.
_MAY I 28 I 2004
THE PREMIER SOURCE FOR GLBT DALLAS/FORT WORTH
Energy giant’s shareholders won’t
yield to gay advocates’ demands
on anti-discrimination policy
By David Webb Staff Writer
The Human Rights Campaign vowed to con-
tinue a boycott of ExxonMobil Corporation after
shareholders defeated a proposal to include sex-
ual orientation in the energy giant’s anti-discrim-
Only 28.9 percent of the shareholders voted in
favor of the policy change at the firm’s annual
meeting Wednesday, according to Kim I. Mills,
education director of the Human Rights
Campaign. The vote showed an increase of just
about 1.8 percent over the number of sharehold-
ers voting in favor of the proposal last year.
Last year’s vote showed a 15.3 percent
increase over the 2002 vote. The first year of the
Kim I. Mills, educa-
tion director of the
Campaign: I’m just
pleased that we
continue to see
some upward move-
ment on this issue.
Until they change
the policy, we’ll
keep coming back.”
vote, only 3 percent voted in favor of the policy
A handful of amendment supporters turned out
at the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center to
protest the corporation’s refusal to add sexual ori-
entation to its employment policy. They joined a
few dozen environmental protesters and pro-cap-
italism counter protesters on the plaza in front of
the Meyerson Symphony Center where the annu-
al meeting is held.
As many police officers as protesters stood
guard in front of the symphony center and on the
See EXXONMOBIL on PAGE 11
Legal battle over marriage
rights heats up in more states
Cathcart says America witnessing
period ‘that will be looked back on
by generations’ of gays
By David Webb Staff Writer
The legal victory in Massachusetts that ush-
ered in wedding rights for same-sex couples is
only the beginning of a nationwide campaign
that could reach two more state suprane courts
before year’s end, according to gay legal experts.
Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund
executive director Kevin Cathcart said America
is witnessing a monumental period in history
“that will be looked back on by generations” of
“It’s the start of what will be a long period of
progress and breakthroughs,” Cathcart said. “We
are closer than ever to making that a reality in
Two lawsuits iden-
tical to the Goodridge
v. Department of Pub-
lic Health case are
winding their way to
the supreme courts of
New Jersey and Wash-
ington. Another pair
involving gay mar-
riage rights are pend-
ing in lower courts in
California and New York, he said.
The lawsuits are playing out in the same fash-
ion as the Massachusetts action. Lambda appeals
whenever a lower court sides with the state, he
In New Jersey, Lambda Legal represents
seven couples suing for the right to marry. The
lawsuit, filed in June 2002, maintains that deny-
ing same-sex couples the right to marry violates
See LEGAL BATTLE on PAGE 18
AIDS protesters march
through the streets of
Washington in the first
such demonstration held in
several years. The march
was a concluding action to
AIDSWatch, a lobbying
effort organized by the
National Association of
People With AIDS. Nearly
100 people were arrested,
and each was fined $50.
Marchers said they were
fed up with both political
parties and insisted on
more funding for the
federal-state AIDS Drug
Large AIDS demonstration, first in years, held in nation’s capital
1,000 marchers participate in action concluding AIDSWatch lobby days
as leaders declare disgust with both political parties, call for more funds
By Bob Roehr Contributing Correspondent
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of AIDS
activists streamed through the streets surround-
ing the U.S. Capitol on May 20 in a demonstra-
tion the size and spirit of which hasn’t been seen
for year's. They demanded increased funding for
the AIDS Drug Assistance Program, a federal-
state partnership to pay for the AIDS drugs of
indigent patents, along with other programs.
They also called for an end to what they said
were moralistic restrictions the administration
has put on those programs.
The most noteworthy aspects of the demon-
stration were marchers’ frustration with both
political parties and the arrest of 98 people when
they lay down in an area of the Capitol normally
used to unload tour buses.
Processing those arrests continued well into
the night. Each of the persons arrested was
required to pay a $50 fine.
AIDSWatch, a congressional lobbying effort,
preceded the demonstration. The National
Association of People With AIDS coordinates
the annual lobbying initiative, which is conduct-
ed by representatives of national and local organ-
NAPWA spokesman Paul Feldman said the
effort was more targeted this year, focusing upon
appropriations committees and committees of
jurisdiction in both chambers.
See DEMONSTRATION on PAGE 25
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Local News 6
National News 16
All eyes are on Layla
LaRue as she busts out a
fierce dance routine that
combines Joan Crawford
and Missy Elliott at the
Gay Miss USofA pag-
eant. PAGE 32.
It life were easy,
David Sedaris would
have nothing to write
about. Luckily, plenty of
crackpots and piles of
hate mail fuel his cre-
ativity. PAGE 40.
Growing up in Hurst,
Terry Mahaffey got his
first taste of gay erotica
by watching grainy cel-
luloid through a projec-
tor. Now he runs the
Falcon empire. PAGE 44.
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 21, No. 3, Ed. 1 Friday, May 28, 2004, newspaper, May 28, 2004; Dallas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616511/m1/1/: accessed June 14, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.