Stelzig, Gay

Gay Stelzig Services: Have been held. Mrs. Gay Slaughter Stelzig, 51, of Clovis, died Monday, Jan. 24, 2005, at her home in Clovis. She was born on Oct. 28, 1953, in Clovis, to Jean and Jack Slaughter. She graduated form Clovis High School in 1972 and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary […]

Simmons, Gene

Gene Simmons Services:Have been held. Mr. Gene Simmons, 80, of the Dora community, died Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Nursing Home in Clovis. He was born on June 7, 1924, in Post, Texas, to Maude and John Simmons. He moved with his family to the Dora area as a teenager. In 1945, just […]

Florida’s gay adoption law irrational

By Steve Chapman The state of Florida is not ridiculously selective when it comes to letting people adopt children — and with some 4,200 kids in need of adoption, it can’t afford to be. It allows single adults to adopt. It accepts people with serious illnesses and disabilities. It leaves the door open to drug […]

Freedom for everyone still long way off

Leonard Pitts: National Columnist What would it take to get you to stand up for me? Let’s say I’m routinely discriminated against and in some cases outright despised. Let’s say I’m often used as a scapegoat, and there’s an ongoing debate over what rights I do and do not deserve. Under what circumstances would you […]

Reality is reality; you can accept it or not

Leonard Pitts Jr. Save your pity for McGreevey family James McGreevey is not a hero. That’s the first thing we need to get straight. To the contrary, press reports on the embattled New Jersey governor detail an administration so steeped in corruption that one feels a distinct need to wash one’s hands after reading them. […]

Gay marriage: The debate is disappointing

Freedom Editorial Advocates on all sides assure us that the failure of the Senate, by a 50-48 margin, to get even a majority in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is not the end of the process but only the beginning. We suspect they are right, but we fervently wish that it […]

Same-sex couples’ children are different

Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist Are children raised by gay parents worse off than other children? As same-sex couples line up for marriage licenses in Massachusetts, the question achieves greater urgency. Two researchers answered when they reviewed the available scholarly literature in the American Sociological Review three years ago. What makes their essay intriguing is that […]

Lovington oil man to push solution for water problem

By David Arkin, CNJ Correspondent Water is one of those issues that always seems to be a talker around election season. It’s also the No. 1 reason why William V. Palmer wants to be a New Mexico state senator. Palmer, a Lovington oil and gas company owner, operator and investor, thinks he can do something […]

Huber tackles tough marriage issues

By Bob Huber: Local Columnist Today’s discussion deals with the thorny problem of certain couples fighting to get married, while others are wanting to remain single but together. Is that clear? Well, leave it to the Irish to sum up the situation when they said, “Oh what knotty times are these — all civilized people […]

Minorities make ‘gay marriage’ an issue

By Thomas Sowell The problem with the “gay marriage” issue is that the more fundamental issue is not gay marriage. The real issue is who should decide such issues — that is, what kind of country and what kind of government do we have or want to have? What does democracy mean if any headstrong […]

Febus, Stephen L.

Stephen L. Febus Services: No local services are planned. Stephen L. Febus, 63, of Fort Sumner, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at his home. He was born on Jan. 26, 1941, in Lancaster, Ohio, to Lowell R. and Geraldine Clora Witham Febus. He was raised in Lancaster, Ohio where he attended and graduated from high […]

Mincher, Irene

Irene Mincher Services: Have been held. Irene Mincher, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at Roosevelt General Hospital in Portales. She was born July 8, 1919, in Cowden Community, Okla., to Vertie and Ephriam Megli. As a young girl, she moved with her family to the Foss Community in Oklahoma, where she met and married […]

Shocking news: There are gays among us

By Leonard Pitts Jr. Sometimes, the battle over gay rights reminds me of a science-fiction movie. I’m thinking “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” or one of those other golden oldies where humankind is infiltrated by an enemy that looks and sounds like us and is therefore able to hide among us, undetected. That was probably […]

Gay marriage has own set of problems

Mona Charen If you are like most Americans, you know that gay marriage is coming and you don’t feel you have the power to stop it. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled (4 to 3) that the state’s existing matrimonial laws are irrational and gave the legislature 180 days to revise them. President Clinton, you […]

A rift in the faith

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Father John Rollinson of St. James Episcopal Church in Clovis said he is considered an “old fossil” for opposing some denominational trends. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Darrell Todd Maurina Sunday’s consecration of Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church has led to protests from many […]

Portales Pastor applauds consecration

By Darrell Todd Maurina A former Anglican who pastors in Portales said Sunday’s consecration of the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church is a victory for homosexual Christians. “We are obviously very pleased that a mainline denomination has come forward and consecrated someone who is openly gay,” said Rev. Christopher George, pastor of […]

Religion Roundup 10/17

Church of Christ hosts popular evangelical speakers on Sunday Evangelists Max Craddock and Mike Tackett will speak on the keys to living in the Kingdom of God this Sunday through Wednesday at 16th and Pile Church of Christ. Craddock and Tackett are speakers for the Christian television and radio program, “Key to the Kingdom,” taped […]

Credit, not blame, laid for 500th column

Bob Huber Today celebrates an historic event as memorable as the first three-day federal holiday or the research paper by a German professor named Waldseemuller who snubbed the myth of Christopher Columbus and declared Newark, N.J., was discovered by Amerigo Vespucci, thus labeling us “Damned Yankees” forever. What I’m talking about, without running up flags […]

Education focus should be coping, not hiding

By Leonard Pitts New York City school administrators begin filtering back to work next week. Students will return next month. And Harvey Milk High will become reality. That’s Harvey Milk as in the openly gay San Francisco politician who was famously murdered in 1978. Milk High, you see, is the nation’s first public school for […]

Why all the fuss about gay marriages?

Tibor Machan Canada is now recognizing gay marriages, and many in America think it is embarrassing that our country is lagging behind. Well, just wait a minute. When gay marriages are not being recognized it isn’t just that one is opposed to them. There can be full acceptance of such marriages while still resisting them, […]