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Houston Voice, June 24, 2005 - File 006. 2005-06-24. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3815/show/3775.

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Title Houston Voice, June 24, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 24, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 24,2005 5 national news briefs W.Va. court gives custody of boy to lesbian's partner CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The state's highest court last week gave custody of a 5-year-old boy to his dead mother's lesbian partner, despite the protests of the woman's blood relatives. Tina Burch had appealed to the West Virginia Supreme Court for custody of the son of her partner, Christina Smarr, who died in a 2002 car accident. Within hours of her death, Smarr's relatives had given the child to his grandparents. A family court gave custody to Burch, but a circuit court ruled that she didn't have the legal rights to her former partner's child. Jim Douglas, Burch's attorney, argued that the boy's biological father, who was not involved in the child's life, supported Burch having custody. "Both of the child's biological parents not only acquiesced in, but actively fostered, the relationship," Justice Robin Davis wrote in the majority opinion. The opinion said a "psychological parent" could be a biological, adoptive, foster or stepparent, as long as the parental relationship began with the consent of the legal parent or guardian. West Virginia Supreme Court Justice Robin Davis wrote the opinion that granted Tina Burch custody of the 5- year-old son of her partner, Christina Smarr, who died in a 2002 car accident. (Photo by Bob Bird/AP) Iowa high court won't tamper with termination of civil union DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court last week refused to tamper with a lower court decision granting two women a dissolution of their civil union. In a unanimous ruling, the court said a conservative group that had sued to overturn the ruling had no standing in the case. In the case, Kimberly Jean Brown had filed for divorce from Jennifer Sue Perez. Their divorce petition said the two were married in March 2002 in Bolton, Vt. Judge Jeffrey Neary granted the divorce, later altering the ruling to reflect that it was a termination of the couple's civil union. The legal arm of the Des Moines-based Iowa Family Policy Center and a handful of state legislators had challenged the decision, saying Neary had overstepped his authority. By dissolving the civil union, they said, Neary was recognizing gay marriage. The Supreme Court said the group was not harmed by Neary's decision. Federal judge in California upholds gay marriage ban SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Deciding one of the few federal lawsuits arguing the case for gay marriage, a U.S. District Court judge ruled last week that a law passed by Congress in 1996 validating only unions between a man and a woman does not violate the Constitution. But Judge Gary Taylor of the Central District of California also declined to ride on whether state's ban on same-sex marriage violates the civil rights of a gay Orange County couple while a separate legal challenge to California's laws works its way through the state courts. "The question of the constitutionality of California's statutory prohibition on samesex marriage is novel and of sufficient importance that the California courts ought to address it first," wrote Taylor, who presides in Central District of California. Taylor's ruling came in a case brought by Christopher Hammer and Arthur Smelt, a Mission Viejo couple, who filed it last year as an alternative to the case advanced in the state courts by the city of San Francisco and a dozen same-sex couples. New gay marriage ballot initiative may change dynamics of Mass. debate BOSTON (AP) — Debate over gay marriage in Massachusetts has taken a noisy turn after a coalition of Catholics and conservative organizations, with the blessing of Gov. Mitt Romney, vowed to block future samesex unions with a new and uncompromising grassroots appeal to voters. The new campaign announced last week, backed by deep-pocketed national organizations, seeks to scuttle an existing ballot initiative that lawmakers passed last year that would ban same-sex marriage while legalizing Vermont-style civil unions. Instead, the coalition will try to undo lawmakers' work last year by urging them to vote against the proposed ballot question this fall, while gathering petitions to replace it with another, streamlined question that makes no provisions for civil unions. While prospects of the new effort are unclear, supporters and opponents agree on one thing: that the new effort represents a change in tactics that is sure to alter the political landscape for gay marriage in the nation's only state that allows it. Ariz, governor avoids gay marriage topic at rights banquet MESA, Ariz. (AP) — Members of a gay and lesbian activist group were disappointed when Gov. Janet Napolitano didn't use a fund-raiser for the organization to criticize an effort to enact a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriages. Napolitano carefully avoided any mention of the potential constitutional amendment when she spoke Saturday at a banquet for the Arizona Human Rights Fund and affiliated groups. Opposition to the proposed initiative was a constant theme of the event. The governor announced the creation of the Governor's Award for Excellence in Human Rights Advocacy, given to Phoenix lawyer Bill Hardin, a founder of the Arizona Human Rights Fund. Despite Napolitano's public opposition to same-sex marriage, the governor received a warm welcome. From staff and wire reports
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