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Houston Voice, June 17, 2005 - File 012. 2005-06-17. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1111/show/1093.

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Title Houston Voice, June 17, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 17, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 17, 2005 11 letters HRC says keeping filibuster justified compromise To the Editors: By insinuating that our support for the compromise that preserved the filibuster somehow signaled support for the nomination of Judge William Pryor, the Houston Voice editorial seriously misled readers ("Keep your eyes on our 'allies,'" by Chris Crain, June 3). The reality is that we faced the destruction of the filibuster and a flood of extremist judges. Instead, this compromise preserved the filibuster and resulted in a floor vote on a handful of extremist judges. HRC has always believed that nominees like Pryor pose a threat to our community. In opposition to Judge Pryor's nomination, we've been ringing the alarm bells since he was first nominated in April 2003, and we're going to score his nomination vote in our congressional scorecard so that our allies and opponents alike will know that their votes count. Despite Houston Voice's indifference on having the filibuster as a future option, having this legislative tool available when there is even more at stake is critical. JOE SOLMONESE President Human Rights Campaign Washington NGLTF sharply critical of filibuster deal To the Editors: In his editorial, "Keep your eyes on our 'allies'" (June 3), Executive Editor Chris Crain said that we and other national LGBT groups offered "political cover" for the nuclear option compromise. Contrary to Crain's observation that our statement was "navel-gazing," we pointed out that (a) the wholly unlawful 'nuclear option' was retained; (b) three of the most dangerous, extreme and activist candidates ever nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals would get votes on the Senate floor; and (c) the filibuster was conditioned to be used only in 'extraordinary circumstances,' which are to be decided, effectively, by only 14 senators. (The statement is available at www.thetaskforce.org. We amplified this statement in interviews with gay and straight press. Unlike Crain, the Associated Press got it right. In its lead story on the compromise, it called our response and that of the Black Congressional Caucus "sharply critical" of the compromise and noted that we did not go along with the response suggested by Senate Democratic leaders that the deal was "victory over the radical right."' MATT FOREMAN Executive Director National Gay & Lesbian Task Force New York Our support for allies must be 2-way street To the Editors: This letter is in response to Chris Crain's June 3 editorial ("Keep an eye on our 'allies'"). As a volunteer, I raise significant gay political dollars in Chicago for Democrats, from presidential candidates to judicial candidates. I am always viewed fund-raising as a means to elect our own to office and to have access to non-GLBT elected officials and candidates so we can press our views. In May 2002, when the Federal Marriage Amendment was first introduced into the U.S. House with six co- sponsors — three Democrats and three Republicans — I went after the one Democratic co-sponsor from Illinois, David Phelps, and pushed other elected Democrats here to refuse to help him "I'm now a lesbian. But the good news is that you being an unattractive, selfish jerk had nothing to do with it." with fund-raising. I also encouraged many of those in this area who financially support federal candidates not to write a check for Congressman Phelps' reelection. The unions and trial lawyers continued to support Congressman Phelps, but Jews and other progressives refused to and, by his own admission, he was greatly short of funds. Then-House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt called to ask me to back off since control of the House could be decided by one vote. I responded that he wasn't going to become House speaker on our backs, and we argued loudly before hanging up. Congressman Phelps lost his reelection by 10 points. My purpose is to say that Chris Crain's editorial hit a bull's eye. Far too many write checks to candidates hoping they will acknowledge us and like us. But it's more important to make sure they respect us and understand their political support is necessary in return for our political support. MICHAEL BAUER Chicago epare the Nov. 8 referendum on same-sex marriage and civil unions? Spread the word, especially to heterosexual friends and encourage everyone to vote. UUJ MC COVVN, 43 Fort Worth Aviation maintenance and service We need to mobilize now and educate the uneducated at the grass-roots level. Until the voters identify the issue of same-sex marriage with a face, we are fighting an uphill battle. In reality, we all want the same thing. CINDY DURHAM, 41 Houston Educator We should make everyone aware of and encourage everyone to vote. STAN MC DONALD, 45 Houston Massage therapist Register your family and friends to vote. The power is at the polls. This is a civil rights issue. DR. JEWEL DAY, 48 Houston Have a voter encouragement party to get all of your fnends to vote. TWMASPRUTrT,44 Watauga, Tex Baker Sound off about what's happening in your world at www.houstonvoice.com/soundoff. Interviews and photos by Dalton DeHart
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