yearly income and can be sent to the interim headquarters in Housten, Tx.
A 12-memher interim steering committee was elected to
serve between the founding and the ratifying conventions. The members are of various colors and class
background and are located in all regions of the country.
The organization will publish a bimonthly newsletter.
All local'state/regional news of national interest
wi11 be included. F i nanc ial donations are also encouraged.
For more information about the organization or newsletter contributions write to: NLFO, P.O. Box 14643,
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San Diego (California) Superior Court Judge Byron F.
Lindsley June 6 ordered Denease Conley to pay $100-a-
month support to Sherry D. Richardson. Before the two
women participated in a Holy Union ceremony at the
Metropolitan Community Church in February, they had
signed an agreement that Richardson would perform the
duties of a "wife," while Conley would provide finan-
c ial support.
After the relationship terminated recently, Richardson, who said she had given up her }ob in New York to
be with Conley. filed suit for support and the division of property acquired by the couple during their
relationship. Conley, who was not represented by
counsel, agreed in court to the support agreement,
which will continue indefinitely unless it is modified by the court or another judicial procedure.
Judge L ndsley accepted the couple s agreement on the
basis of the Marvin-Triola decision in which the California Supreme Court ruled that there can be property
and support agreements and obligations between unmarried people. That case involved actor Lee Marvin and
his common law wife. The Conley-Richardson case appears to be the first gay couple test case of that
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^C FIGHT BRIGGS INITIATIVE
Singers Joan Baez, Harry Chapin, Peter Yarrow and
Holly Near drew a near-capacity crowd of 5,800 to the
Santa Monica (California) Civic Auditorium on June 7
to raise funds to fight the Briggs Initiative battle
looming in the Golden State. The event, sponsored by
the New Alliance for Gay Equality (New AGE) of Los Angeles, raised an estimated $70,000.
At two performances marking the first anniversary of
the defeat of gay rights in Dade County (Florida), the
crnwds, moved to tears, offered standing ovations.
Nearly half the audience consisted of women, a first
for any gay rights fundraising event. All four performers donated their talents to the successful concert.
The evening's only jarring moment came between shows
when a bomb threat was announced, and the second show
had to be delayed for 45 minutes.
Two law suits are underway challenging the so-called
Briggs initiative, which would require the firing
of gay educators and those who "advocate" the gay lifestyle.
Filing its suit soon after the California secretary of
state announced that the Briggs initiative had enough
valid signatures to qualify for the November ballot,
Cay Rights Advocates challenged the initiative on behalf of the California Federation of Teachers.
Gay Rights Advocates charges that the initiative unconstitutionally violates protections of due process,
equal protection, privacy and free expression. The
suit also charges that if the initiative is allowed
on the ballot, it would have a chilling effect on
teachers' first amendment rights to speak against it
because, under the initiative's advocacy provisions,
they might be subject to termination from employment should the initiative pass.
The Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community
Churches (MCC), represented by attorney John E Wall,
also filed suit in an attempt to have the Briggs
initiative removed from the ballot. The MCC suit
claims that the initiative, should it become law, violates separation of church and state principles. Theoretically, gay teachers who wanted to keep their jobs
would be forced to avoid attending MCC services because
they might be identified as gay and therefore fired
from their jobs. This, contends MCC, violates their
right of religious freedom,
PRESBYTERIANS VOTE T REFUSE
ORDINATION TC PRACTICING HOMOSEXUALS
SAN DIEGO -- After extensive committed debate, the full
session of the General Assembly of the United Presbyterian Church voted not to ordain practicing homosexuals as ministers in their church.
Delegates from the assembly claim this action followed
years of study concerning social, psychological, as
well as religious aspects of homosexuality, and previous to the vote, found themselves sharply divided as
to the matter of ordination.
A church committee issued two reports that disagreed on
the ordination question but concurred in several key
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