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Houston Voice, No. 1004, January 21, 2000
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Houston Voice, No. 1004, January 21, 2000 - File 008. 2000-01-21. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1081/show/1059.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1004, January 21, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date January 21, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE • JANUARY 21, 1999 NEWS High court to hear Scouts' appeal of gay ruling WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Jan. 14 to decide whether the Boy Scouts of America can exclude gay men as troop leaders. The justices said they will review a ruling in which New Jersey's highest court said the organization unlawfully ousted a young man, James Dale, after learning he is gay. A decision is expected by July. The state court ruled last summer that the Boy Scouts' denial of membership to gay boys and leaders violated a New Jersey law banning discrimination in public accommodations. Lawyers for the Boy Scouts told the justices that the state court's ruling "endangers important constitutional principles of freedom of speech and freedom of association." At stake, they said, arc "constitutional rights at the heart of our free society: the freedom of a private, voluntary, non-commercial organization to create and interpret its own moral code, and to choose leaders and define membership criteria accordingly." But lawyers for Dale said there is "no evidence" to support the Boy Scouts' contention "that preventing it from discriminating against its gay members would in any way alter or burden the messages, purposes and values that bring Scouting's diverse members together." "The [Supreme Court} now has a chance to hear that scouting is about honesty, community service, self-reliance and respect for others—not discrimination," said Evan Wolfson, a senior attorney with the Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund who argued Dale's case. "We are confident that, once the justices examine the facts, they will agree with the unanimous New Jersey Supreme Court that Boy Scouts do not come together to promote bigotry and anti-gay bias," Wolfson said in a press statement. "Thus, their First Amendment rights were not violated by civil rights law." Dale, now 29, was in the Boy Scouts for 12 years. He earned more than 30 merit badges, became an Eagle Scout, and was a member of the prestigious Order of the Arrow. The Boy Scouts removed Dale after learning of a 1990 newspaper article about Dale's volunteer activities that said he is gay. According to the Boy Scouts, being gay meant Dale had violated the group's oath to be "morally straight." "We don't feel that the homosexual lifestyle is being morally straight. So that would be the concern that we would have. And we don't profess to judge them or what they do; we just don't think it ought to be part of Scouting," Paul M. Tikalsky Jr., director of finance and marketing for the Great Salt I,ake Council of the BSA, told the Deseret News. Tikalsky said he was pleased the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the Boy Scouts' appeal, but he is concerned the court could decide against the group. James Dale, a scoutmaster ousted after talking about being gay in a newspaper interview, will now see his victory in the New Jersey Supreme Court tested in the nation's highest court. "We have some concerns, though, because if [the Supreme Court] doesn't rule in our favor, it would be a serious blow to all youth agencies across America," Tikalsky said. —From staff and wire reports Council okays protection for transsexuals BOULDER, Colo. {AP)—The City Council has tentatively voted to include transsexuals among the groups protected by its anti-discrimination ordinance. The council will hold a public hearing and take a second vote on the amendment Feb. 1. It was approved unanimously on the first vote. The proposed amendment would allow employers to require a "reasonably consistent gender presentation" from their workers. It also would mandate "reasonable accommodation" to shower locker rooms for people in the midst of a gender change. "I tiiink if they had any questions or concerns, we would have heard them last night," said Carmen Atilano, director of the Office of Human Rights. "We're interpreting this as something positive." The Human Rights Ordinance, dratted in 1972, already bars discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sex, race, religion and sexual orientation. The following year the Council added gays to the list. EDITOR Join the nation's fastest growing lesbian and gay newspaper company. Houston Voice is a newspaper in the expanding WindowMedia chain, offering exciting and challenging opportunities that extend far beyond one newspaper and one city. Houston's weekly lesbian and gay newspaper seeks an aggressive, experienced, professional journalist with management background for position of editor. Applicants should be well-versed in newspaper operation, work well under deadlines and thrive in a team environment. Excellent writing, copy-editing and communication skills. Proficiency with Macintosh OS, MSWord and QuarkXpress preferred. Competitive salary and benefits. Houston Voice and WindowMedia are equal opportunity employers. Please send (no phone calls) writing samples, resume and cover letter for consideration to: EDITOR Houston Voice 500 Lovett Blvd. Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77006 by e-mail editor@houstonvoice.com or fax 713-529-9531 If you are seriously ill, money shouldn't be an added source of stress. Selling your life insurance policy is an option to consider. M. 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