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Houston Voice, May 27, 2005 - File 008. 2005-05-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/1945/show/1927.

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Title Houston Voice, May 27, 2005
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  • Fisher, Binnie
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date May 27, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE wwwhoustonvoice.com MAY 27, 2005 7 I national news Some conservatives upset over Pryor's record CONFIRMATION, continued from Pagel California Supreme Court Justice Brown was first nominated in 2003. She has argued against affirmative action and against aggressive enforcement of anti-discrimination laws. She issued a minority opinion in 2003 saying a gay person should not be allowed to adopt the biological child of his or her partner, saying providing such an adoption right "trivializes family bonds." But it is former Alabama Attorney General F*ryor, 43, who most troubles gay rights advocates. He has argued against provisions of the Voting Rights Act and against federal antidiscrimination laws and has a record opposing gay and lesbian civil rights. Bush named Pryor to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in a recess appointment that expires at the end of this year. Shortly after the appointment, Pryor cast the deciding vote to uphold a Florida law banning gays from adopting children. Longtime lesbian activist Felicia Fountiane of Hunstville, Ala., said that the amicus brief that Pryor wrote in the Lawrence vs. Texas case that overturned state sodomy laws exposes Pryor's attitudes toward the rights of lesbians and gays. At that time, Pryor was attorney general in Alabama and in his brief to the court he argued that awarding constitutional protection to consensual sex between gay people would inevitably lead to similar protection for incest, necrophilia, pedophilia, prostitution and adultery. The day after the announcement of the Senate deal, some gays in Pryor's home state of Alabama said that they were disheartened. Howard Bayless, board member of Equality Alabama, an all-volunteer statewide gay advocacy group, said that he expected a Pryor appointment would lead to a rollback of progress in gay rights. Bayless said that he expects Pryor to interfere with local laws that offer employment protections for gay men and lesbians. "I'm obviously very disappointed that Pryor is going to be able to stay on the bench.'' fountiane said. "He has virtually no career except for what the Republican Party has handed him in Alabama. He is young, has no experience and is going to be there for a long time." Lara Schwartz, senior counsel for the HRC, echoed Fountiane's sentiments. "We have already seen the damage that his presence on the courts can do," Schwartz said. "During the year of this recess appoint ment, he already voted not to rehear a decision on Florida's ban on gay adoption." The appointment of conservative judges hostile to gay rights can have a major impact on cases heard by federal appeals courts. According to Schwartz, most cases reach their final decision at that level, with only 2 percent of the cases going on for decision by the Supreme Court. Road to a deal In the last week, speculation grew over whether Republicans could muster the majority vote necessary to rewrite the Senate rules, as social conservatives weighed in on the issue insisting that Bush's nominees "be granted an up or down vote." In an unprecedented effort, conservatives focused on mobilizing churchgoers to their cause. In April, the Family Research Council sponsored "Justice Sunday" featuring Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.). In a church service that was simulcast on the Web, radio, satellite and on cable, the Democrats' effort to block 10 of Bush's nominees was presented as a "filibuster against people of faith" and churchgoers were pressured to contact their representatives and demand a vote on Bush's nominees. Special emphasis was given to the plight of Brown and Owen. FRC sponsored demonstrations of women and of pastors of color to rally support for the two nominees. Frist set a deadline and promised to call for a vote on the nuclear option. Democrats debated responding to the rules change by obstructing Senate business altogether. On May 23, seven Republican Senators — Mike DeWine (R-Ohio). Olympia J. Snowe (R- Maine), Lincoln Chafee (R-R.I.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C), John W Warner (R-Va.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine)— and seven Democratic Senators—Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), Robert C. Byrd (D-WVa.), Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.), Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii), Ken Salazar (D- Colo.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) announced that they had reached a two-part compromise. Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who was one of the 14 senators that brokered a deal to avoid the nuclear option' over judicial filibusters, said in a news conference that not all of the nominees would be confirmed by the Senate. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP) 'Nuclear option' avoided The bipartisan group of senators would allow three of the stalled nominees to come to a vote: Rogers Brown, nominated to the D.C. Circuit Court; Owen, nominated to the 5th Circuit Court based in New Orleans; and Pryor, nominated tollth Circuit Court in Atlanta, where he is already serving temporarily because of a recess appointment by Bush. The second part of the compromise announcement declared that nominees would only be filibustered under "extreme circumstances" and. that the senators would oppose changes to the Senate rules. The Human Rights Campaign praised the Senate deal for "preserving the ability to block extremist nominees," while expressing disappointment "that Judge William Pryor, who has a record of attacking equal rights for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, is one of the nominees who will proceed." Other gay groups had stronger language for the compromise. Elizabeth Hampton Brown, a Parents & Friends of Lesbian & Gays staffer and civil rights scholar said. "The deal ensures that our courts will be packed with extremist lifetime judicial appointees, who value the politically powerful over ordinary American families." "We feel a deep sense of foreboding with this compromise. ... The nuclear option is still retained and Dr. Frist and his extremist allies have already threatened to use it." Foreman said. "This time- honored tradition of the filibuster has now been conditioned that it can only be used in 'extraordinary' circumstances and those circumstance are essentially going to be decided by 14 senators." Nan Aron, president of the Alliance for Justice, a progressive lobby group, did not disguise her feelings about the comprom ise. "Is there anybody on our side who is happy?" Aron said in a New York Times interview. "We are very disappointed with the decision to move these extremist nominees one step closer to confirmation. She told the Times that, "it remains to be seen" if Democrats will pay a price for agreeing to the compromise, which was praised by the party's Senate leadership. "There are a number of angry people who care about the future of the judiciary." Aron told the paper. Pryor not conservative enough? In the news conference announcing the Senate deal, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-N.C.) said that though some judges are going to receive a vote who otherwise wouldn't have, "Some of them are going to make it on our up and down vote and some of them won't." Some conservative political commentators have speculated that Pryor may not make it through the confirmation process. They note that as Alabama attorney general Pryor did not challenge the Roe vs. Wade abortion decision and backed the removal of Roy Moore, then the chief justice of the state's supreme court, for defying a federal court order to remove a Ten Commandments memorial from the courthouse. 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