Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Watch out for lesbian assumptions

The Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper reports:
SANTA CRUZ - In the days prior to her suicide, late-UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Denice Denton was making plans to move to Texas where her mother and three siblings live.

Denton also hadn't lived with her partner, Gretchen Kalonji, since the couple moved from Washington state to Santa Cruz in 2005 and their relationship was "tumultuous," according to Denton's mother, Carolyn Mabee.

Mabee, the executor of Denton's estate, made the statements in court documents filed last week in preparation for a hearing Monday about the $2.25 million lawsuit Kalonji filed against the estate in January 2007.

Denton left nothing to Kalonji, who was her partner for more than a decade, according to legal documents.

Kalonji has stated in court documents that she did her best to support Denton in the months leading up to her suicide. Denton died after she jumped from Kalonji's high-rise San Francisco condo on June 24, 2006. ...

Kalonji, who was hired by the UC Office of the President when Denton was named chancellor, claims the couple had made oral agreements to care for the other should something happen to one of them, however, Denton's will, signed in 1985 before she met Kalonji, left most of her assets to her three siblings.

"Assuming such agreement or agreements existed, neither Denice nor Kalonji did anything to implement it or them," Mabee stated in a court document signed July 23. "Kalonji never made Denice the beneficiary of any life insurance or retirements benefits, nor made her the beneficiary of any will or trust."

According to Kalonji, it was assumed the women would care for one another. ...

The couple did not register as domestic partners when they moved to California.
Denton got UCSC to give Kalonji a cushy $200k job. That should be enough for her. They did not even live together or have sexual relations. Kalonji's claim has no merit, but Denton's estate will have to pay $250k to fight the case in court. UCSC never should have had an affirmative action program for crazy lesbians in the first place.

1 comment:

Roger said...

Denton was the head of a major university. That is why she was held to a higher standard. The university should be picking someone who is sane and stable for the job.