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Saturday, April 10, 2004

Police get check from gay-marriage allies
Organizers pay $2,000 for service
By Gabriel J. Wasserman
Poughkeepsie Journal

NEW PALTZ -- Organizers of same-sex marriages in New Paltz have delivered $2,000 for police services associated with the controversial nuptials.

But the costs accrued by town police have surpassed $13,000, and reimbursement funds are not assured for many of the expenses.

''We just received the bills last night so we have to go through them still,'' said James Fallarino, a spokesman for the New Paltz Equality Initiative. ''We'd like to make another installment in the next few weeks.''


Gay marriage foe eyes run for House
By Raphael Lewis, Globe Staff,
Ronald A. Crews, the former Georgia state lawmaker who has spearheaded the push to ban gay marriage in Massachusetts, has taken initial steps to run as a Republican for the congressional seat now held by US Representative James P. McGovern, a four-term Democrat, state officials said yesterday.


City parking manager is headed to Florida
By David Callender and Judith Davidoff
Madison Parking Manager Robin Williams, who came under fire last year for allegedly discriminating against gay and lesbian employees of the city's parking utility, has resigned.


Triangle YMCA says same-sex Duke employees cannot join
The Associated Press
The Triangle YMCA says it "respectfully disagrees" with Duke University's understanding that same-sex couples can join the group at a discounted family rate. YMCA officials also have asked to meet with Duke representatives.

Duke officials reiterated Friday that if the agency does not change its policy, then university officials will end the university's relationship with the YMCA of the Triangle.

In a March 30 letter to the YMCA, Duke officials said the university's agreement with the agency gives Duke employees and their dependents discounted memberships. In exchange, Duke promotes the health and fitness agency in its literature, on its Web site and in employee materials.


Man charged in attack on homosexual
By Bill Hetherman , Staff Writer
WEST COVINA -- A Baldwin Park man is charged with attempted murder for allegedly stabbing a gay man 22 times March 16 after having sex with him. Cirilo Aguayo, 18, will be in West Covina Branch Superior Court on Monday for a preliminary hearing. He also is charged with burglary and allegations the victim was attacked because of his sexual orientation. Aguayo is being held on $1 million bail and faces up to life in prison if convicted. Deputy Public Defender Ronald Whitenhill could not be reached for comment Friday.


Few in Congress back gay marriage
Barney Frank claims at least 50 in House favor full rights
WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay civil rights group, is studying the ebb and flow of every development surrounding the status in Congress of a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

“We’re mobilizing all of our resources to defeat it,” said Winnie Stachelberg, HRC’s political director. But when asked if she knows how many members of Congress support legal recognition of same-sex marriage on its own merits, separate from the question of a constitutional amendment, Stachelberg pauses.


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