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caitlyn Jenner settles suit by woman
injured in deadly crash
(AP) A woman injured in a fatal crash involving
Caitlyn Jenner settled her lawsuit against the Olympic
gold medalist, according to court papers.
Jessica Steindorff had sought unspecified damages
against Jenner in the Feb. 7 crash that killed one
woman and injured several others along the Malibu
One of Jenner's lawyers stated in court papers filed
Dec. 15 in Los Angeles County Superior Court that the
suit had been settled and dismissed. No terms of the
settlement were mentioned.
Jenner, 66, was hauling an off-road vehicle behind
a Cadillac Escalade when she steered to avoid cars
slowing for a traffic light on Pacific Coast Highway.
Jenner rear-ended two cars - a Lexus driven by Kim
Howe and a Prius driven by Steindorff. Howe, 69, was
killed when her car was pushed into the path of an
Sheriff's investigators determined Jenner was
traveling at an unsafe speed for traffic conditions.
Prosecutors declined to file a vehicular
manslaughter charge against Jenner, who won a 1976
Olympic gold medal in decathlon as Bruce Jenner
before recently transitioning to a transgender woman.
Howe's stepchildren are suing Jenner for wrongful
death and a family traveling in the Hummer also sued
Philip Boesch Jr., one of the Jenner's lawyers, said in
an email that the Steindorff case had been dismissed,
but he would not comment further.
An attorney for Steindorff did not immediately
return calls or a message seeking comment.
Mich. Elections Board to Consider
Gay Rights Petition
(AP) Supporters of amending Michigan's constitution to
prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and
gender identity are hoping to clear an initial procedural
The Fair Michigan ballot committee's petition form will
be considered Tuesday by the Board of State Canvassers. The
group must gather roughly 315,000 valid voter signatures to
put the measure on the November 2016 statewide ballot.
The state constitution bars discrimination because of
religion, race, color or national origin. The amendment
would add gender, gender identity, sex and sexual
The Republican-controlled Legislature has blocked
bills to protect gay and transgender residents by updating
Michigan's civil rights law. Gay rights advocates are divided
over whether a ballot proposal should be initiated, however.
Las Vegas Celebrates Gay Marriage
(AP) Clark County partnered with the Las Vegas business
community to mark a local gay marriage milestone on New
According to the county, Phoenix residents Ronald
Bauman and Dumitru Alexeev received the 5,000th same-
sex marriage license issued in Clark County since the 9th
Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of gay
marriage in the state.
The county says the couple planned to marry Friday in
Las Vegas. They were offered a number of gifts by local
businesses, including a basic wedding package at Luxor
Wedding Chapel, stays at Circus Circus Las Vegas and
Mandalay Bay, and tickets to the "Michael Jackson One"
show and the High Roller.
The Marriage License Bureau started issuing licenses to
same-sex couples on Oct. 9, 2014.
Head of Ex-Gay Support Group
Blames Holiday Family Fights on
(EDGE) With parents and friends like these, who needs
If there was any unpleasantness around your holiday
table this year, Regina Griggs, head of the Ex-Gay "support
group" Parents and Friends of Ex-Gays and Gays (PFOX),
is putting the the blame squarely where she believes it
belongs - on gay or transgender family members.
"The holidays can be a difficult time for families, especially
if sons or daughters declare that they are homosexual or
transgender," writes an end of the year money begging
email from PFOX. "As a result, stress, sadness or even anger
may surface at holiday dinners or New Year's celebrations."
The email, which is filled with Griggs' signature blame-
placing and self-denying rhetoric, encourages parents to
tell their LGBT child that they're thinking things over before
loving or accepting them.
"Parents need to ask their child for time to think through
their feelings, just as they did, and then set aside a time
after the holidays when the family can discuss how to keep
the family together and respect and allow for differences of
opinion," she writes.
"The holidays are also a time when homosexual children
may want to bring home a partner, and many choose the
holidays as a time to come out, knowing that their families
may postpone a conversation to keep peace," Griggs added.
"Parents should be prepared to set boundaries-the same as
they do for single, heterosexual children. Plan events that
your child enjoyed when growing up, involve your child
in activities, and agree to discuss your feelings about their
declaration after you've had time to think things through."
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