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Houston Voice, June 10, 2005 - File 011. 2005-06-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2763/show/2748.

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Title Houston Voice, June 10, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 10, 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 EDITORIAL & PRODUCTION Executive Erltor CHRIS CRAIN Edfar BINNIE FISHER Correspondents BRYAN ANDERTON. DVANA BAGBY, LOU CH1BBARO, JR.. JOE CREA MUBARAK DAHIR, LAURA DOUGLAS-BROWN, MIKE FLEMING, MATTHEW HENNIE, JOHNNY HOOKS, PHIL LAPADULA RYAN LEE. BRIAN MOY- LAN, KEVIN NAFF, YUSEF NAJAF1, KEN SAIN. RHONDA SMITH, STEVE WEINSTEIN, ANDYZEFFER Contributors DON MAINES, DAWN RORIE, ELLA TYLER. SHANA NICHOLSON, JA CHAPMAN, RICH ARENSCHIELDT AND ANAS BEN-MUSA Ptorxjr-apliers DALTON DEHART, KIMBERLY THOMPSON Production Manager JAMES NEAL Webmaster ARAM VARTIAN SALES & ADMINISTRATION General Manager JASON WILSON iwilsoo'.alioustorrvoicexom Classified Sales / Office Administrator JOHNNY HOOKS - jtootaatastonvoice.com National Advertising Representative Rivendell Media • 212-242-6863 -If- Pubfcher-WINDOW MEDIA LLC President. WILLIAM WAYBOURN Editorial Director-CHRIS CRAIN Corporate Controller- BARNETTE HOLSTON Art Director- ROB BOEGER Director of Operations- MIKE KITCHENS Director of Sales- STEVEN CUERRINI Director of Classified Sales- NATHAN REGAN Ma-toting Manager RON ROMANSKI thediamber mmarmmrhammm^mdmrnamweteammaaxa, CHARTER MEMBER Established 1974 as the Montrose Star. 500 Lovett Blvd. Suite 200 Houston, Texas 77006 (713)529-8490 Fax: (713) 529-9531 www.houstonvoice.com Office hours: 9 a.m.-530 p.m. weekdays To submit a letter Letters should be fewer than 400 words. We reserve the right to edit for content and length. We will withheld names upon request but you must include your name and phone number for wifratm Please send mail to Houston Voice. 500 Lovett Hvd, Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77006; fax (713) 529-9531 or e-mail to editora*rioustorivoice£c*m. Opinions expressed therein do not reflect those of the Houston Voice. copyright law wd may not be reproduced w wnttfc-i consent of Houston Voter The sexual orientation ot advertner%. pMograprters. writers and cartoonists iMMstwd her** is neither inferred or implied. The appearance erf names or pctonal representation does not necessarily indicate the sexual orientation of that person or persons Houston Voice accepts ursoki ted editorial material but cannot take responsibility lor its return 11k editor reserves the right to accetf, reject or edit any submtssion Al rights revert to authors upon publication Gddrtnes lor freelance Forum HOUSTON VOICE JUNE 10, 2005 PAGE 10 editorial Singing the right notes for the choir Looking for motive in Gov. Rick Perry's signing of anti-gay and anti-abortion legislation last Sunday at an evangelical Christian school in Fort Worth By BINNIE FISHER HE INK HAD BARELY dried on the signatures Gov. Rick Perry affixed to two pieces of legislation last Sunday — one of them a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and civil unions - and speculators began reasoning why he chose to stage the signing ceremony at an evangelical Christian school. The most common reasoning was that he was playing to his base, died-in-the- wool conservative Christians who oppose same-sex marriage and abortion, the subject of the other piece of legislation. The head of an organization working toward equality for gays and lesbians had another thought. Maybe Perry wanted to upstage a potential opponent in the race for the 2006 Republican gubernatorial nomination. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison would be a formidable opponent for Perry, whose approval ratings of late have not been exactly stellar. Although legislation to require girls under 18 to gain parental consent before getting an abortion needed Perry's signature, the amendment to ban gay marriage that will be presented to voters in November did not need the governor's John Henry. But, signing those documents surrounded by other conservative Republican legislators and evangelical Christians made for the kind of photos that should appeal to Perry's constituents. Perry's spokesperson said there would be complaints regardless of where Perry chose to sign the bills, and she shrugged off the 100-member opposition that gathered outside the school carrying signs about separation of church and state. It was all so perfect for Perry. And when asked what he would say to gay veterans coming home from Iraq regarding the marriage amendment, the governor suggested that if they don't like the laws in Texas, they should find another state in which to live. That statement was denounced by gay activists from around the country, but it was likely applauded by those who gathered at the school for the signing. They're all for helping returning veterans and displaying those yellow ribbons on their cars, but that's for heterosexual veterans. Gay veterans can go to wherever. Hell, maybe. IT WAS SUCH A NASTY THING TO say that one has to wonder if perhaps there was a motive beyond grandstanding or singing to the choir or even upstaging Kay Bailey Hutchison. Thinking back, what in Rick Perry's not-too-distant past might prompt him to disassociate himself from gays to the extent that he would suggest gay veterans coming home from Iraq not come back to Texas? Ah yes, there were those rumors early in 2004. They were nasty little rumors about Perry and another male employed at the capitol that began being e-mailed around the state early last year. At one point, a group of demonstrators gathered outside the Governor's Mansion wielding signs with slogans like, "It's OK to be gay." A story in the Austin Chronicle mentioned the rumors but also indicated that no real evidence existed to substantiate them. At the time. Perry's spokesperson, Kathy Walt, dismissed the rumors this way, "These are false, malicious and hurtful rumors, and the Chronicle's own investigation acknowledges that fact." Perry and wife, Anita, denied the rumors in an interview with an Austin television station. The rumblings eventually quieted. The point to be made here is that whether there was any truth to the rumors, publicly denouncing gays in a ceremony at a Christian school might be considered preventative medicine. Fear causes us to run as fast as possible from that which worries us the most. A perfect example is Alan Keyes, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate who lost in 2004 to Democrat Barack Obama. Keyes is adamant in voicing his opposition to gays. He has a lesbian daughter. And then there's the mayor of Spokane, Wash., Jim West. Could there have been a more vocal opponent of equal rights for gays and lesbians? After an investigation by the Spokesman Review, the mayor admitted recently that he'd had sex with men. In his zeal to prevent such rumors from surfacing, as a state legislator he backed an unsuccessful measure to ban gays and lesbians from working in schools day care centers and some state agencies. As the incoming mayor of Spokane, he opposed offering domestic partner benefits to City Hall workers. This is not to suggest that the rumors about Perry were true. But, let's face it, those rumors could do some damage should they surface again just in time for what is shaping up to be a hard-fought campaign to remain as governor of Texas. Maybe snuggling up to the base and letting them know that you really are opposed to equal rights for gays and lesbians is a good thing. Signing a piece of legislation that doesn't need your signature, well, that's just icing on the cake. Binnie Fisher is editor of the Houston Voice. She can be reached at l^isheriglioustonvoicEj^fjaj-'
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