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Houston Voice, June 10, 2005 - File 012. 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/2749.

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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
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 10, 2005 11 Oillt JASON VICTOR SERNIUS Marriage equality came up four votes short in California last week, no thanks to Bible-quoting pols from both parties. Painfully close to victory in Calif. FOUR VOTES SHORT. YOU COULD LOOK at it as a body count. You might practice reciting the figures as would a TV news anchor: eyes wide open, voice authoritative yet dispassionate, accents on key syllables, offering bare-bones information while leaving room for the commercials that pay the way. Except this time, detachment is not an option. The count is about us. On June 2, the California State Assembly came up four votes shy of passing AB19, a bill that would have sanctioned same-sex marriage in California. Introduced by gay Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), the bill would have changed the state's definition of marriage to a union between two persons instead of a union between a man and a woman. Even though the final tally was 37-36 in favor of the bill, it was four votes shy of the 41-vote majority needed to pass. For the minority Republicans, voting was a no-brainer. They followed the party line, which thanks to Daddy Bush is far more clearly defined than Dorothy's Yellow Brick Road to Oz. Faced with choices about life, liberty, and the pursuit of property, they chose the latter, cited the Bible, and voted no as a solid, I-know-where-my-next-meal-is- coming-from bloc. Leno, lesbian Senator Carole Migden (D-San Francisco), and other members of California's gay Assembly caucus did their best. They even enlisted the help of lesbian couple Orzu and Ramona Gatto and their 17-year-old daughter Marina. The Gatto family of San Carlos, Calif., approached Assembly members on an individual basis. Among their questions: "Is this child less equal than another child? Does this child's family deserve to be treated differently from another?" SOME DEMOCRATIC ASSEMBLY members also consulted the Bible. Some thought of their constituencies, others of future elections and the money they needed to keep their children in private school, safe from the ruinous influences of California's abysmal public school system. Some even changed their minds. But it was not enough. After the final vote, 41-year old Ramona Gatto expressed shock at the outcome. "After talking to a lot of members face to face," she said, "they would not look me in the eye and say they would not support equality" Leno was more direct. "If this body can't pass AB19," he declared, "it should clarify its position and say we do believe that gay and lesbian couples are second- class citizens." IN RELATED NEWS, ON MAY 31 California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed notice to appeal San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Gay Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) sponsored AB 19, which would legalize same-sex marriages in California. (Photo by AP) A. Kramer's March 14 ruling that California laws restricting marriage rights to opposite-sex couples violate equal protection guarantees in the California Constitution. Lockyer, as the California official responsible for defending state laws that have been challenged in court, has no choice but to appeal Kramer's ruling, but his act guarantees a ruling from the California Supreme Court next year on the constitutionality of California's current prohibition of same-sex marriage. So after the California defeat, is our glass half full or half empty? The answer may depend upon viewing the question from a blue state or red state of mind. From my vantage point in California, cracks are appearing in the monolith, and neither words nor missiles nor Fox News barrages are enough to patch them up. Beyond expressing our outrage at yet another refusal to honor our love, the only viable response is to deepen our relationships with each other and press on. Jason Victor Serinus is an Oakland-based freelance writer and can be reached at jseriniis@planeteria.com. the to gays and lesbians? Long-term friends who can live Big hair, witty sarcasm and the with each other's bitchiness and revelation that they weren't the laugh about it. only ones wearing '80s shoulder pads. MIKE EVANS, 33 Houston ANDREA LAVER, 29 Dog Trader Houston Costume designer The campy one-liners. Everybody knows 1 love a ba-da-boom joke. DANNY KALIf N, 45 Houston District manager It takes place in a beauty shop, and the girls are all purty. PATTI ALDREDGE, 49 Houston Social worker Gay boys love strong Southern women with attitude and sass. BRYAN HLAVINKA, 31 Houston Engineer Sound off about what's happening in your world at www.houstonvoice.com/soundoff. Interviews and photos by Dalton DeHart
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