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Houston Voice, May 27, 2005 - File 005. 2005-05-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1945/show/1924.

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Title Houston Voice, May 27, 2005
Contributor
  • Fisher, Binnie
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date May 27, 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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Participants are welcome to bring any project they would like to work on (jewelry-making, scrapbooking, poetry, etc.), or there will be a "focus" project provided each week Participation is free to all ages 15 and up. RSVP required. To register, email wellness@resurrectionmcc.org or call 713-861-9149. Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2025 W. 11th St - Houston, TX 77008 - 713-861-9149 www.resurrectionmcc.org I local news Two votes would have made the difference in the Senate VOTE, continued from Page 1 where he will be on the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 6. "On Wednesday morning, the law firm of Nechman, Simoneaux and Frye will be down at the federal courthouse with an injunction," he said. It's not a threat, Simoneaux said. It's a promise. House Joint Resolution 6, authored by Texas Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) cleared the Texas House of Representatives in April by a 101-29 vote. It needed 100 votes to pass. The Senate approved the measure on May 21 by a vote of 21-8. The measure needed 20 votes to clear the Senate. Simoneaux said while he has many concerns regarding the proposed amendment, he would have to start with the way it is written. The resolution states: "Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man and one woman." An amendment, added during House debate by Chisum stipulates, "This state or a political subdivision of this state may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to marriage." "It's so poorly written," Simoneaux said. "The wording, 'similar to marriage' is undeniably vague. This could apply to aU kinds of relationships." In addition to possibly affecting common law relationships, Simoneaux said, the bill paves the way for someone who was legally married in another state to come to Texas, file for divorce and keep all the property that was acquired by both partners. "This is a legislative dog, and if you let it out of its cage, it's going to bite us in the ass," Simoneaux said. "It's going to be up to us lawyers to put that dog down." He noted that in states where voters approved similar amendments, those measures are being struck down by the courts. While Simoneaux is busy recruiting gay civil rights organizations to join with him if necessary on Nov. 6, others are hoping enough voters can be won over to vote the bill down. Activist Ray Hill said he views the upcoming election with a degree of optimism. Houston could be key "The biggest election in the state this November is within the city of Houston," HU1 said. "The legislature has put us in the very best position." Because Mayor BUI White and Houston City Controller are both up for re-election in November, Hill said, he predicts the largest voter turnout in the state will be in Houston. He believes that's good. In other cities throughout the state, he said, the voter turnout is likely to be significantly less. The burden, he said, is clearly on the shoulders of gays and lesbians to turn the tide on the issue. "We're not closeted and hidden like we Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) was expected to vote against House Joint Resolution 6, but he said his Catholic faith led him to vote for the measure. were early in my political career." he said. "Our job, our responsibility is to talk to our friends, our neighbors, our families, our co-workers and make sure they go to the polls and vote against this. Everybody should be walking around with voter registration cards in their pocket." Sen. Rodney EUis (D-Houston) attempted to stall the measure when it arrived at the Senate, but his efforts were not successful. He said he opposed the resolution because, "Texas does not need to enshrine discrimination in the constitution." He said the action in the House and Senate takes him back to 1999 a proposed Hate Crimes Act was being debated. "In 1999, poll after poll showed that Texans overwhelmingly wanted the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act to become law, yet it did not," Ellis said. "In fact, many of the people crying 'public support' today worked their fingers to the bone against the Byrd Act." Ellis voted against HJR 6 in the Senate along with Sens. Gonzalo Barrientos, Juan Hinojosa, Eliot Shapleigh, Letitia Van de Putte, Royce West, John Whitmirc and Judith Zaffirini. Sens. Mario Gallegos and John Corona were absent. Two senators who were expected to also vote against the resolution, Eddie Lucio, Jr. of Brownsville and Frank Madia of San Antonio, both Democrats, instead voted in favor of the measure. Activists with the Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL) said those two votes would have killed the resolution. Lucio told the Brownsville Herald his Catholic faith led him to vote with the majority. Madia has said 63 percent of his constituents indicated they were in favor of the resolution, and that guided his vote.
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