6 april 1979
vol. 3. no.
Gay Couple Sues INS
LOS ANGELES - A gay couple claiming to be legally married has filed suit
against the Immigration and Naturalization Service to prevent deportation
of one of the partners. The suit, filed
in U.S. District Court by American
Civil Liberties Union lawyers, results
from the INS's refusal to grant preferential resident alien visa to Anthony
Sullivan, an Australian citizen, as the
spouse of Richard Adams, a citizen
of this country.
In its initial decision, the INS told
the pair, "You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relation-
SAO PAOLO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian
Press Association, the journalists' union,
and a number of artistic and cultural
groups have rallied to the defense of
Lampiao, Brazil's first serious gay publication, since the Brazilian military
dictatorship issued subpoenas against
the paper's editorial collective last
September (see Gay Austin, March
1979.) A coalition called the Permanent
Commission for the Defense of Freedom of Expression characterized the
subpoenas and other government threats
against the paper as "one more attack
on freedom of expression" and called
charges of "offending morality and
propriety" a "subterfuge for censorship."
The legal action against the paper is
based on the Press Law passed by the
military government when it took
power in 1964. Journalists for at least
four non-gay publications who have
written articles on homosexuality are
also currently under investigation for
alleged violations of the same provisions
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ship can exist between two faggots."
A later ruling claimed a gay male
spouse "cannot function as a wife by
assuming female duties and obligations
inherent in the marital relationship."
The lawsuit claims the INS decision
violates constitutional guarantees of
The ruling is at least the second
instance of discrimination against homosexuals since the INS told representatives of the National Gay Task Force
last year that they would end the
practice. (See Gay Austin, March,
SAN FRANCISCO - For what is believed to be the first time in history, a
court has granted an openly gay couple
the right to adopt a child. On January
12 a Los Angeles Superior Court judge
approved the adoption of 23-month-
old Robert David by Reverend Jim
Dykes of the Metropolitan Community
Church and his spouse, Albert Lanny
Dykes, a physician.
Since there is no legal recognition
of gay couples under California law.
Dr. Dykes is the official parent while
Rev. Dykes is the child's guardian.
It is officially considered a single-
HOUSTON - A former counselor for
a half-way house for runaways in Houston was found not guilty of sexual misconduct after the alleged victim, who
was also the state's chief witness, admitted he had lied in a similar trial
against another counselor at the same
half-way house last December. The
16-year-old youth told the jury police
had grilled and rehearsed him before
his testimony in the earlier trial, which
also resulted in acquittal.
The two trials resulted from a statement made by the youth during an
investigation by what is known locally
as the "chicken-hawk squad" of the
Houston Police Department. Two other
counselors from the half-way house
who were also charged have not yet
been brought to trial.
Assistant District Attorney Brian
ilains, who admits he knew of the
perjury, refused to explain his prosecuting the second defendant. Defense
attorney Larry Watts accused the
District Attorney's office of "knowing
use of perjured testimony in violation
of the canon of ethics."
The defendant in the first trial claims
police offered him a deal in exchange
for his testifying to sexual offenses on
the part of a prominent Houston
attorney with whom he is acquainted.
Grounds for Alimony Cut
ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA - A Minnesota District Court judge has ruled
that a woman's stable lesbian relationship is sufficient grounds for the
termination of alimony payments from
her ex-husband. After a divorce agreement made in 1972 which required
alimony "until such time as she remarries or dies," the ex-husband took
the woman to court to stop alimony
when he discovered she was involved
Arson Suspected in
Gay Commune Fire
WOLF CREEK, OREGON - Arson is
suspected in the fire which destroyed
the farmhouse of a small commune
of gay men here last January 12. The
commune, at which the gay men's
journal RFD was published until recently, has been the target of harassment and vandalism for the past year
and last fall townspeople expressed
concern when two boys, aged three
and seven, moved to the farm to be
The local sheriff found two unused
Molotov cocktails and an empty gasoline can near the site of the fire.
There were no injuries but damage
was estimated at $30,000. No arrests
in a relationship with another woman.
Although it is not believed the decision will establish important legal
precedent, Jean O'Leary of the National
Gay Task Force considers it significant.
"I think the judge is right," O'Leary
said. "If this is a stable relationship,
it certainly is the equivalent of a
marriage situation ... We could solve
all these problems just by legalizing
homosexual marriages." V
for Anti-Gay Sermon
DALLAS - Dallas television station
WFAA - TV has discontinued its weekly
broadcasts by evangelist James Robison
because of a sermon he delivered in
late February in which he called the
gay movement "despicable" and "a
perversion ofthe highest order."
Station manager David Lane said he
believed the sermon violated the Federal
Communications Commission's Fairness
"I should be able to say what's in
my head and in the Bible," Robison
said. "I'll always preach that homosexuality is a sin." V
NEW YORK - A group of 50 gay and
lesbian demonstrators at the office of
a Queens City Councillor was attacked
by several dozen teenagers who threw
eggs, fruit, and bottles at them and
yelled, "Get out of our neighborhood"
and "Castrate gay men." Witnesses say
the eight or ten police on the scene
escorted demonstrators to safety when
they had finished, but made no attempt
to stop the attack.
Joyce Hunter, a member of Lesbians
Rising, said, "In all the years I've been
demonstration, I've never encountered
anything as vicious as this ... It was
really dangerous." She said the demonstrators "didn't expect a niee crowd,
but we didn't expect the violence
either. The police encouraged then
behavior, but we kept our cool."
The demonstration was organized
by the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay
Rights against Queens City Councillor
Thomas J. Manton for his consistent
opposition to gay rights.
Hunter says the activists will return.
"We have to demonstrate in the area
again because many of us live in the
district," she said.V
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