LGBT alumni react to Supreme Court decision

first_imgKelly Inman, Saint Mary’s class of ‘92, was at work last Friday morning when a coworker told her the news.The United States Supreme Court had just ruled that, under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, states had to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Same-sex marriage was, in effect, legal in all 50 states.Inman, who lives in Indianapolis with her partner of 19 years, was so happy she said she had trouble concentrating for the rest of the day.“I’m 45 years old, so I’ve lived through times when I never thought I would see anything like this,” she said. “It’s been an amazing few days.”Inman met her partner, Desiree Inman, in 1996 in South Bend, and the two moved to Indianapolis in 2004. The two bought a house together, have joint bank accounts and share a last name — Kelly Inman legally changed hers from Smith.“We did everything we could to live together as a married couple,” she said.They couldn’t get married legally until October 2014, after a district court overturned a law restricting marriage to male-female couples. Even then, the couple decided to wait — there had been several appeals in the district court decision, and they weren’t certain their marriage would be recognized.On Friday, their legal position strengthened, since the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal and that those marriages had to be recognized in every state.That recognition was especially important for Elena Misailedes and her girlfriend Christine Allen, both 2014 Notre Dame graduates. As California residents, they could already legally marry, but Milsailedes said both are thinking of graduate school, which might have taken them to a place where they could not.“It’s just nice to know that my future just got blown wide open,” she said. “I’m not looking at a map thinking, ‘Oh, I live here. So we’d have to live here to get married.’”As Inman and Misailedes celebrated in their respective states Friday, several students and alumni, including 2015 graduate Kathleen Schiavenza, did the same outside of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.Schiavenza, a summer intern for California Rep. Doris Matsui, said the gathering was large and diverse — she saw students, Human Rights Campaign workers, people who had waited years for a decision and people who happened by, all singing, chanting and waving flags.“It was such a loving and caring celebration,” she said. “Yes, there were the people and streets were blocked off and police were there but it was such an exciting and celebratory moment for people.”Senior Connor Hayes, co-vice president of PrismND and a summer intern at a progressive Washington think tank, was also in front of the Supreme Court building on Friday, watching everybody there, from students to a Baptist minister to a Catholic group and a Latino group, celebrate the decision.He said what surprised him was how quickly many in the crowed started talking about next steps, like ending job discrimination for LGBT people and ensuring protections for transgender women and LGBT people of color.“Marriage is great, but it’s this middle-class, often very white institution, so we have to transform the LGBT movement to work on other issues,” he said.As for marriage, Kelly Inman said she and Desiree are still not sure when they’ll get married — they want to “wait until the dust has settled,” she said.One possibility is next year, she said. It will be their 20th year together.Tags: LGBTQ, PrismND, SCOTUS, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Patricia Hardin-Ward, 60, Hunnewell: Nov. 13, 1955 – April 10, 2016

first_imgPatricia M. Hardin-Ward, age 60, of Hunnewell, died April 10, 2016 at Sumner County District Hospital #1 in Caldwell.  She was a L.P.N. and had worked at various nursing homes in our area.Patricia M. (Hensley) Hardin-Ward was born on November 13, 1955 in Emporia, KS to Carl Hensley and Margaret (McAuliffe) Hensley.She was preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Chatqua Rosia Youniacutt; and sister, Carolanne Turner.Survivors include two children, Cassie Kinman and her husband Samuel of Central, SC  and Shannon Youniacutt and her life companion Freddy Collins of Hazard, KY; two brothers, Donald Ray Hensley and Carl James Hensley; one sister, Brenda Norris; grandchildren, Ambir, Brandon, Christopher, Ronnie, and Whitney; great grandchildren, Madison and Peisley; and her companion and life partner, J. Ward.Graveside Services will be held at Maplewood Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Emporia, KS on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 1 p.m.There will be no visitation as cremation has taken place.A memorial has been established with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in lieu of flowers.  Contributions can be left or mailed to the funeral home.Frank Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.To leave condolences or sign our guest book, please visit our website at www.frankfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

5 homeless after Corentyne fire

first_imgFive persons are now homeless after a fire destroyed their home at Number 69 Village, Corentyne, Berbice, on Wednesday evening.Reports are that the fire started on the upper flat of the two storied building around 20:30h; it is believed to be electrical in nature. A middle-aged couple, their daughter and her two children occupy the home.The family now left destitute as a result of the fire that ravaged their homeAt the time of the blaze, one of the couple’s sons was visiting. According to Seekumari Dauroop, 58, they were all under the house when the flames were seen in the upper part of the building through the floor.“Me hear like something ah crack… an so me sent up mi son fo see wha going on and when he go up he say, ‘Mummy! Mummy fire!’ when he come down, he get two bucket water but that couldn’t do nothing so we ent save nothing,” a tearful Seekumari said.Her husband, Ramcharran, 63, estimated his losses in excess of $3 million. He said the home was equipped with two furnished sitting rooms, three bedrooms. A generator, washing machine, three gas stoves, refrigerator and a music system were a few of the items destroyed.His daughter Gashmarie said the fire started in the middle bedroom in the vicinity of where the fuse box and main switch are. She explained that it was moments after the fire started, it was discovered but they could save nothing.According to a source from the Skeldon Fire Service, they responded with one unit and encountered difficulty sourcing water because of the current dry weather. The source said the water they arrived with was inadequate since the fire had engulfed to building when they arrived.Meanwhile, the family is currently being rescued by a neighbour. The Dauroop’s have been renting the building for the past three months and estimate damages in the vicinity of $3 million.So far this year, 38 buildings have been destroyed by fire in Berbice compared with 24 for the corresponding period last year.Currently, the Guyana Fire Service is observing Fire Prevention Week under the theme, ‘“Fire Safety, a National Priority – Get Involved’.In Berbice, firefighters operating out of fire stations at New Amsterdam, Rose Hall, Corriverton and Onverwagt have so far responded to 273 fire calls as compared to 255 for the corresponding period last year.Fires this year have so far claimed the lives of two persons on Berbice, a similar number for the corresponding period last year.last_img read more