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Must read on Laurel Hester

Surf over to The Big Gay Picture to read Michael Jensen’s piece, Dane Wells: How A Straight, White, Middle-Aged Bush Voter Became A Dying Lesbian’s Staunchest Ally. It’s a wonderful follow-up to the story of Laurel Hester, the NJ police officer who has terminal cancer. She has been fighting the Ocean County Freeholders, who have decided that she cannot leave her pension to her partner.

What Laurel didn’t know at the time of her diagnosis was that there would be a second rock supporting her — one she had not ever dreamed of being able to count on.

His name is Dane Wells, a self-described straight, middle-aged, white guy who had never given gay rights more than a passing thought and calls himself fairly conservative. Indeed, he voted for Bush twice.

But Dane is now leading the fight to force the Republican freeholders of Ocean County to grant Laurel and her partner domestic partnership rights.

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