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Title Houston Voice, No. 1171, April 4, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 4, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Title File 002
Transcript Fantastic fantasy Cirque du Soleil's 'Alegria' is stunning entertainment not to be missed. Page 15 ISSUE 1171 WWW.H0UST0NV0ICE.COM ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. APRIL 4, 2003 TX gay divorce reversed Members of the Montrose Softball League start the new season with opening ceremonies and an afternoon full of games. Page 3 At a meeting in Houston this month, Coca-Cola shareholders will consider an anti-gay proposal by stockholder Hou-Yin Chang. Page 6 Everything from the cast to the wardrobes shine in the Mae West-powered 'Dirty Blonde.' Page 19 Judge dismisses filing by two Beaumont men after state attorney general intervenes By PENNY WEAVER BEAUMONT — A Texas district court judge has reversed his ruling on a gay divorce request after the state's attorney general intervened in the case. Judge Tom Mulvaney, who presides over the 279th District Court in Beaumont, the seat of Jefferson County, last month granted a divorce decree to two men: Russell . Smith, 36, and John Anthony, 34. The two obtained a civil union in Vermont last year and attempted to have it dissolved in Texas. Last week, Mulvaney set aside his earlier order granting divorce and ordered a new hearing on the case. On Monday, the judge dismissed the divorce filing after Smith requested his petition for dissolution be discharged or withdrawn. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened last week after a judge granted two Beaumont men their petition for dissolution of a civil union they obtained in Vermont last year. A spokeswoman in Mulvaney's office said Thursday that the judge granted Smith's notice of non-suit, or withdrawal of the case, the same day it was filed. "There are no matters before the court on this issue," the spokeswoman said. "It's similar to a dismissal. On their own, they're withdrawing their suit." After Mulvaney initially granted the decree last month, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott intervened and said the court could not grant a divorce where a marriage never legally was present. On March 27, Abbott filed a petition asking that Mulvaney set aside his March 3 ruling granting a divorce for Anthony and Smith. "Texas law does not provide for a dissolution of a civil union, and a divorce cannot be granted where a marriage never existed," Abbott said. "Texas law does not provide for civil unions, nor does it recognize civil unions established in other jurisdictions," the attorney general wrote in his petition to the court. "Likewise, Texas law does not provide for the dissolution of civil unions established in other jurisdictions." Please see DIVORCE on Page 5 Gays face difficult decisions at tax time Unable to file as 'married,' partners must decide who claims what on IRS form By LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN Like many Americans, Mitchell Katine pays a professional to prepare his federal tax return each year. "My taxes are too complicated.for me to do them properly," says Katine, an attorney who lives in Houston with his partner of three and 1/2 years and their two children. Still, Katine's return may be simpler than many other gay and lesbian couples, at least in terms of how to reflect his relationship. "I'm the only one working, so I am the only one that files a tax return at this time," Katine said. Katine's partner is a stay-at-home dad, so he doesn't have to file an income tax return. That means the couple doesn't have to decide who would claim as dependents the two children both fathers legally adopted — Despite relationships that are just as financially intertwined as those of many heterosexual spouses, gay couples have no way to reflect their reality on tax returns, where they have to file as 'single.' (Photo illustration by John Nail) they go on Katine's return. But gay couples in which only one partner works still face complicated tax questions, like whether the working partner can claim the other as a dependent. And as the annual April 15 tax deadline looms, dual-income gay couples find themselves faced with difficult decisions about which partner should claim the assets and responsibilities that in actuality they share. Please see GAY TAXES on Page 4
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