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Houston Voice, July 7, 2006 - File 009. 2006-07-07. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2641/show/2628.

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Title Houston Voice, July 7, 2006
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Ervin, Eric
Publisher Window Media
Date July 7, 2006
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 EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION Executive Editor CHRIS CRAIN ErJtor ERIC ERVIN Art Director ROB BOEGER Production Manager ERIC GOINES Graphic Designer USA HENOERSON Graphic Designer JASON LAVINDER Graphic Designer tOREN CONTRERAS (^respondents DVANA BAGBY. KELLY CARSON, LOU CHIBBARO. JR.. MUBARAK DAHIR, MIKE FLEMING. JOHNNY HOOKS, PHIL LAPADULA RYAN LEE. JOSHUA LYNSEN. GREG MARZULLO. BRIAN MOYLAN. KEVIN NAFF, ANDY 2EFFER, KATHERINEVOLIN, ELIZABETH PERRY Contributors DON MAINES, DAWN RORIE, ELLA TYLER, JA CHAPMAN AND RICH ARENSCHIELDT Photograpliere DALTON DEHART, KIMBERLY THOMPSON Online ErJtor STEVE KOVAL Webmaster ARAM VARTIAN Assistant Webmaster STEVE RYAN SALES & ADMINISTRATION Sales Manager ED ALVAREZ ealvarez ahoustotwoice.com Classified Sales /Office Administrator JOHNNY HOOKS jhooks,a houstonvojce.com National Advertising Representative Rivendell Media • 212-242-6863 iwindowmedia PUBLISHER Window Media LLC PRESIDENT Peter Polimino EXEC. V.P. EDITORIAL Chris Crain ART DIRECTOR Rob Boeger C.O.O. Mike Kitchens CEO. Steve Myers MARKETING DIRECTOR William Kapfer thediamber CHARTER MEMBER Established 1974 as the Montrose Star. 500 Lovett Blvd. Suite 200 Houstoa Texas 77006 (713)529-8490 Fax (713) 529-9531 wvAvJwus1onvotce.com Office hours: 9 a.m.-5:30 pjn. weekdays To submit a letter Letter should be fewer than 400 words We reserve the right to edrt for content and length. We will withhold names upon request but you must include your name and phone number for verification. Please send mail to Houston Voice. 500 Lovett Blvd. Suite 200. Houston. Texas 77006; fax (713) 529-9531 or e-mail to edrtir'a-hjoustonvoee^bni. Opinions expressed therein do not reflect those of the Houston Voice. All material m Houston Voice rs protected by federal copynght law and may not be reproduced without the written consent a* Houston Votce. The seaual orientation o* advertisers, photographers writers and cartoonists published herein is neither interred or implied. The appearance of names or pictorial representation fag m| mti.am) ndtoit** tbt Ml orientation of that person or persons. Houston Voce accepts unsolicited editorial material but cannot take responsibility tor its return The editor reserves the right to accept, reject or edit any submission All rights revert to authors upon Dubkation. Gwdelines for freelance contributors are available upon lequest Forum HOUSTON VOICE JULY 7, 2006 PAGE 8 editorial Who's better than you, Congressman? No one is better suited than Jim Kolbe to address the plight of gay bi-national couples, and doing so would help right an old wrong at the same time. By CHRIS CRAIN T'S NOT OFTEN THAT life offers an opportunity for redemption — the chance to right an old wrong, to address and perhaps even correct a serious error from the past. Congressman Jim Kolbe has one of those rare opportunities. With one public act, he could make a symbolic statement that would finally cleanse an ugly mark that will othenwse stain his record in office lb some, Jim Kolbe's "sin" would be years in public life as a gay Republican, and leaving the party could redeem him. That's the painful path taken by many gay Republicans — including me — disillusioned by the stranglehold social conservatives have on the GOP Kolbe owes no apologies for his party membership. To the contrary he has done an admirable job of sticking to his principles over the decade since he acknowledged, after 12 years representing a moderate district near Tucson, Am., that he is gay He has stood by his support for gay rights even though it bucked his party leaders, and he withstood shameful treatment from the GOP's right-wing, which literally turned its back on him when he spoke — on international trade issues, not gay rights — at the 2000 Republican National Convention. A better case could be made that Kolbe ought to atone for a relatively poor gay rights record in his early years in the U.S. House. He was first elected in 1984, and even in the mid-1990s was voting against the interests of his own people — gay people — about half the time, according to the Human Rights Campaign. But that was before Kolbe came out publicly in 19%. Since then, he has scored at or near a perfect score for each and every term, playing an important private role on a range of gay issues. JTM KOLBE'S "SIN" IS, RATHER, A SINGLE horrible vote, cast back in 1996 for the so- called Defense of Marriage Act, and now he has a unique opportunity to strike a blow against one the harshest, most mean-spirited side effect* of that nefarious law. DOMA was a ticking political time bomb foisted by a conservative Republican Congress on Bill Clinton, the Democratic president who cowardly signed it into law. Kolbe paid a quick psychological price. He believed — wrongly as it turns out — that the Advocate was planning to publish an article outing him for supporting DOMA, so Kolbe acknowledged publicly that he is gay Still, in all the years since, Kolbe has never renounced the DOMA vote and, remarkably enough, hasn't yet spoken out in favor of gay marriage, even though he has lobbied against a federal marriage amendment Perhaps he rationalizes his support for DOMA the way some others have, as "states rights" legislation that really just prevents one state that marries gay couples from "forcing" every other state to legally recognize those marriage licenses. But Kolbe knows better than that. DOMA goes much further, blocking the federal government as well from giving any legal recognition to married gay couples. Among the thousand-odd federal rights and benefits afforded to married heterosexual couples, but blocked from gay couples by DOMA, is the ability of a gay American to sponsor a same-sex spouse who is not American for permanent residence in the US. Without federal recognition of their relationships, many gay Americans are faced with a cruel choice when temporary visas inevitably expire: end the relationship or live in exile. It's one thing for the U.S. government to deprive gay taxpayers of their rightful benefits as married Americans, but it's quite another to force them to choose between their partner and their country KOLBE KNOWS A LOT ABOUT THE intolerably harsh treatment of gay bi-national couples. In fact, the issue lies at the inter section point of his public and private lives. Among House Republicans, Kolbe has gained stature as a leading moderate on general immigration reform issues. In the current debate, he has backed a combination of stricter border control popular among many back home in Arizona, while offering to those undocumented immigrants already in the US. a path toward citizenship. Because his views on immigration are largely aligned with President Bush, Kolbe is viewed as a key White House ally in the House, where his party leaders are much more strident. On the personal side, as Kolbe acknowledged in an interview with the Blade this week, he is in a relationship with a foreigner, a man from Panama living in the U.S. on a temporary visa. Kolbe was even escorted by his handsome partner, who he has declined to identify, to the I-og Cabin Republican's national convention. At the black-tie gala that concluded that gathering on April 29, Kolbe was honored for his years of service, and he gave by all accounts a rousing speech that called on gay Republicans to speak out against injustice against gays whenever they see it. As they listened to Kolbe's speech, a number of high profile gay Republicans in attendance no doubt thought about the struggle bi-national couples face. For no good reason beyond coincidence, three top officers in the previous Log Cabin leadership slate are, like Kolbe, in relationships with foreigners from Latin America. Again, I include myself in their number. So it is 1996 all over again, and Congressman Kolbe's personal and private lives are coming together in one piece of legislation. This time around, Kolbe has co-sponsored uie Uniting American Families Act, which would allow gay Americans to sponsor their foreign partners for* permanent residence here. It's fair to ask why he has not leveraged his influence on immigration reform, and his unique access to White House policy makers, to raise UAFA and the plight of gay bi-national couples. The answer he gave, in an interview this week with the Blade, was that immigration reform was already too dicey, and too divisive, to throw homosexuality into the mix. "There aren't enough people who know about this problem," he said. "It's a matter of making more people aware of it." So let's connect the dots. There is no single person in a better position than Jim Kolbe to "make more people aware of it," and the most important people at that. He is retiring at the end of this term, so he can speak more freely than most. By all accounts his post-Congress plans don't include lobbying his former colleagues, so offending ultra-right Republicans carries no professional risk. By voting for the Defense of Marriage Act. Jim Kolbe helped get us — and him self and some of his closest gay Republican friends — into this mess. Maybe a stirring speech from the House floor, or even his well-known negotiating prowess, can't win passage this term for UAFA. But when it conies to "making more people aware of" this injustice, who's better than you, Congressman? ChrisCrain £1 is executive editor of Houston Voice and can be reached at ccrain (aJttoustonvoice.com
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