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Montrose Voice, No. 445, May 5, 1989
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Montrose Voice, No. 445, May 5, 1989 - File 003. 1989-05-05. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1753/show/1726.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 445, May 5, 1989
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date May 5, 1989
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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Transcript 2 MONTROSE VOICE/MAY 5. 1989 The Texas House of Representatives, in all its collected wisdom (which probably could fill any one of several receptacles made infamous by cliches), voted down the so-called "hate crimes" bill. It has been demonstrated in Texas and across the United States that many violent crimes are essentially motivated by hate directed by a specific minority, be they blacks, Jews, gays or lesbians. This bill, like similar measures in Congress and in other states, did not create a new category of crimes. One esteemed legislator, Glenn Repp, a Republican from Duncanville (but we mustn't hold either of those circumstances against him), was moved to ask, "Would preaching against the Church of Satan be considered a hate crime?" A familiarity with the First Amendment would have avoided the question (would such knowledge be an unreasonable prerequisite for holding a legislative post.) "Hate crimes" bills do not create new crimes; they provide stiffer penalties for those who act violently against someone because they are a member of a minority. Certainly any crime motivated by such hatred deserves attention since, in the past, crimes against blacks, Jews, homosexuals and other like groups have tended to receive lesser punishments, if convicted. Such measures, therefore, appear to right a wrong. I n the case of the Texas bill, its author, Steven Wolens (Democrat from Dallas), had assumed it would pass when homosexuals were specifically REMOVED from its coverage. He was disappointed. Those Texas throwbacks, the Conservative Caucus, already opposed the bill—perhaps their dislike for homosexuals is only a matter of degree from their regard for blacks and Jews. The leader of this caucus, L.8. Kubiak, a Democrat from Rockdale, contended there already were laws "to deal with the situation!'We're waiting for his legal citations. Kubiak went on to say that such a bill would lead to a lot of lawsuits. Now we must expect legislators to have a modicum of knowledge of criminal law (Lord knows, many of them seem to have need of it). Such a bill only adds a burden to a prosecutor to establish a motive and a jury to decide the issue. The bottom line, of course, is that even had the bill passed the exclusion of sexual orientation to qualify as a hate crime is a insurmountable flaw from our point of view. To all those God-fearing legislators the thought that a criminal would be given a stiffer penalty if he attacked someone because they were gay apparently comes across as so abhorrent that they would weight in on the side of the criminal bigot. The liberal tradition of the our highest court has long established that in a democracy the majority has an added responsibility to protect those less fortunate through circumstances of birth or condition or color. Until homosexuals enjoy the full privileges of American citizenship (a right of equality, not special privilege) we fully qualify as a minority in need of protection. Give us our full and equal rights and we'll willingly take our chances in the crime-ridden streets of this great nation. But in the face of such appalling ignorance as found in "the land of little men"—the Texas House of Representatives—our greater task is obviously educating our "leaders." And here we would do well to remember that the black civil rights movement found that the best school for educating was int he streets and before the very doors of power Until the politicians and the news media take us seriously (and Channel 13 showing drag queens and leathermen shows their bias and our diversity) legal progress will continue to elude us. Let our leadership learn from the past so as to gain our rightful future. LOBO proudly presents fll Parker Saturday, May 6, 4-6pm Our customers and friends are invited to meet the premier gay activist in the adult entertain ment field. filso, "Carnival in Rio!' the most awaited gay video, is now availa ble at LOBO, along with "Full Serv ice" and other new releases. Only at LOBO, your full service gay specialty store. / buying gay \ £ materia, from \ a O CO / After Dark to \ o I Drummw, videos \ a I papefbacks and \ z q i hardbacks \ / by or about gay and \ / lesblori. \ 5 —i 1 J-SHEER INSANITY* 1 '"H DAQUIRI FACTORY £ Wanted, collections large \ i «small. \ WE 5TH( IMEH LOBO 1424-C Westheimer (at Windsor) 522-5156 Video Sales & Rentals • Swimwear • T-Shirts • Magazines • Cards • Books • Leather • Accessories • Necessities
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