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BY BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press
Former U.S. Rep. Mark Foley is being treated for alcoholism at a facility in Arizona, his attorneys said.
Foley has been in a 30-day treatment program at the Sierra Tucson treatment center in Catalina, Ariz., near Tucson, since Oct. 1, according to a joint statement released by his attorneys in West Palm Beach and Washington, D.C.
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 25 — The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force recognizes as a step forward today’s unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court decision holding that denying rights and benefits to same-sex couples that are statutorily given to heterosexual couples violates the state’s constitution. Three justices voted to end marriage discrimination immediately; all seven of the justices said that same-sex couples must be given all the rights and protections of marriage. The decision gives the New Jersey Legislature 180 days to either amend the state’s marriage laws to include same-sex couples or to create some other statutory structure that will extend the same rights, benefits and obligations borne by married couples.
Statement by Matt Foreman, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
“Today’s unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court ruling recognizes the equal needs of same-sex couples and their families. It is now up to the Legislature to implement the court’s decision by amending the state’s marriage laws to include same-sex couples; nothing less will suffice. We look forward to working with Garden State Equality to make that happen.
“Sadly, we know that politicians on the right and their allies in the anti-gay industry will do everything in their power to exploit this decision for political gain on November 7. Again they will denounce ‘activist judges’ and defame gay people and our families to inflame their base. Again they will use us to try to distract voters from the war in Iraq and failures in education, energy and health care. Again they will resort to lies, myths and fearmongering to promote more discriminatory, anti-family state constitutional amendments.
“Beyond being utterly predictable, these shameless tactics are wedge politics at their worst and a sure sign of desperation. We are confident the vast majority of voters will see them for what they are — reprehensible — and reject them.
“On behalf of our national community, we express our profound gratitude to Lambda Legal for its outstanding legal advocacy, to the plaintiffs in the case for their courage and determination, and to Steven Goldstein and Garden State Equality for their extraordinary work on behalf of marriage equality.”
The Supreme Court of New Jersey today ruled unanimously that the state Constitution requires that all of the rights and benefits of marriage be available to same-sex couples, but in a 4-3 ruling, allows the legislature to decide whether to grant same-sex couples equal access to civil marriage or whether to create a separate institution such as civil unions. The Court gave the legislature 180 days to act. People For the American Way Foundation had filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the couples seeking to end marriage discrimination in the state.
“Today’s ruling is an extremely important positive step toward full equality in New Jersey
Neas noted that a recent Zogby-Garden State Equality poll showed that a majority of New Jersey
“The people of New Jersey
Neas, warning that anti-gay forces are likely to respond to the ruling with false and inflammatory rhetoric, noted that the ruling in no way compromises religious liberty in New Jersey
Neas congratulated Lambda Legal for its work on behalf of the plaintiffs in the case.
TRENTON, New Jersey -- (AP) -- New Jersey's Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex couples
are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual couples, but that lawmakers must determine
whether the state will honor gay marriage or some other form of civil union.
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By Sara Stefanini
NEW YORK -- Transgendered New Yorkers won the right to use any restroom they choose at
Metropolitan Transportation Authority stations after a lawsuit was settled between a New
York woman and the agency.
The agreement Monday came as advocates prepare to tackle the same issue with the Port
Authority, whose police advocates say they arrested three transgender women for using the
women's restroom earlier this month.
The MTA agreed to pay $2,000 in damages to Helena Stone, formerly known as Henry
McGuinness. Stone, a longtime Verizon telephone technician, was arrested three times in
late 2005 and early 2006 after using women's restrooms at Grand Central Terminal, where
she was assigned to repair pay phones.
"I'm thrilled with it," said Stone, who began hormone replacement therapy 11 years
ago. "It's like the world was lifted off my shoulders after a few months of hell."
Transit police charged her with disorderly conduct. She said the officers verbally
abused her after she presented a man's work credentials. The charges were dropped after a
protest in March.
As part of the agreement, the MTA will also sponsor a transgender sensitivity training
program for employees, said Michael Silverman, an attorney for the Transgender Legal
Defense and Education Fund. Silverman filed the complaint with the city Commission on
Both Silverman and Stone said they were satisfied with the terms. The $2,000 will
reimburse Stone for her criminal defense, and the new policy should put an end to the
harassment, Silverman said, noting that people aren't required by law to use specific
An MTA spokesman confirmed the terms but would not comment.
Silverman is now considering bringing a complaint or civil suit against the Port
Authority. Three transgender women were arrested at the Port Authority Bus Terminal Oct. 3
and charged with trespassing, said Kate Barnhart, manager of Sylvia's Place, a shelter for
gay, bisexual and transgender youth, where the women were clients.
A spokesman for the Port Authority said it was looking into the case.