Cynthia Nixon to wed
Fox News reports “Sex and the City” star Cynthia Nixon is engaged to her long-term girlfriend Christine Marinoni.
The actor, known for her role as Miranda Hobbs in the hit series and film, made the announcement at a gay-marriage rally May 17 in New York City.
The 43-year-old was pictured wearing an engagement ring at the event, which she attended alongside her “Sex” co-star Kristin Davis.
She began dating Marinoni, an education activist, in 2003.
Last year, Nixon said she and Marinoni would only get married if it became legal in New York.
Date-abuse bill does not include gays
365gay.com reports South Carolina lawmakers won’t allow a new school program aimed at curbing relationship abuse to mention gay and lesbian partnerships.
State representatives voted overwhelmingly on May 14 to bar any mention of homosexual relationships in the new program for middle- and high-school students.
Bill sponsor Rep. Joan Brady said excluding gay relationships is fine because “traditional domestic violence occurs in a man-woman, boy-girl situation.”
Tenn. won’t recognize trans marriage
ABC News reports Tennessee authorities have invalidated the 18-month marriage of a transgender woman and a man, claiming the state considers them both men.
Jo T. Rittenberry, 46, was born a man and had sex-reassignment surgery in Canada. She had officials legally change the gender on her Kentucky birth certificate and Tennessee driver’s license.
Rittenberry married Jeffery Scott Phillips, 36, in November 2007.
Tennessee does not permit same-sex marriage and does not recognize gender change even after sex-reassignment surgery.
Authorities began raising questions of gender after Rittenberry was booked into jail in March, charged with domestic assault against a relative and criminal impersonation stemming from allegations of credit-card fraud.
— Larry Nichols