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Houston Voice, April 29, 2005 - File 004. 2005-04-29. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3005/show/2983.

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Title Houston Voice, April 29, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date April 29, 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 www.houstonvoice.com APRIL 29,2005 3 local news briefs State Senate rejects legislation that bans gay foster parents A Texas House amendment to a seriate foster from serving in that capacity hit a snag when the legislation went back to the State Senate for approval. Senators rejected the measure as it was amended by the House and named a conference committee to hammer out a final bill. Senate Bill 6 was introduced as an overhaul to the state's foster care system by Sen. Jane Nelson (R- Lewisville). The bill was approved by the Senate and went to the House where Texas Rep. Robert Talton (R-Pasadena) tacked on an amendment that would ban gay and lesbian foster parents. Nelson is one of five senators who will join five House members on the conference committee. A spokesman in her office said Tuesday she would "argue vehemently" to cull the gay and lesbian foster care amendment from a final bill. "We cannot allow, this reform bill to be tied up in the courts for years over an issue that was never part of our review," Nelson said. She pointed out that a similar ban in Arkansas was overturned by a judge there. When the bill emerges . from conference committee, it will go back to both houses for a final vote. care bill that would ban gays and lesbians Republican State Senator Jane Neison will argue to have the amendment prohibiting gay and lesbian foster parents removed from Senate Bill 6. Houston forum will address reported new HIV strain The hottest topic currently being discussed by gay men these days - a super strain of HIV recently reported by Dr. David Ho and others at the Aaron Diamond Research Center in New York, will be addressed at a forum in Houston. Ho's disclosure of the case to the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene prompted a firestorm of criticism aimed at HIV- positive gay men and has prompted enormous controversy among researchers, medical professionals and public health experts across the nation. At the recent 12th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, the international conclave for professionals working in HIV/AIDS, a special session was devoted to whether or' not the new strain really exists. During that session, HIV researcher Ho defended his actions. In an effort to get to the facts at hand, The Advances in Treatment and Medications Committee, the arm of the Ryan White Planning Council that addresses how the latest advances in treatment impact those diagnosed with HIV, will conduct a community forum to educate the public and answer questions regarding the medical, behavioral, and epidemiological aspects surrounding the existence of a multi-drug resistant HIV. The forum is scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the United Way Community Resource Center at 50 Waugh Drive. The forum will feature a panel of local experts including Dr. William A. O'Brien, Professor of. Internal Medicine and nationally recognized expert on research regarding HIV-specific resistant viruses; Dr. Michel Ross, Professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health and a leading researcher in HIV, sexually transmitted infections and human sexuality; and Dena Gray, Community Liaison. Houston. City Council District D. The forum is spwi sored by the Center For AIDS and the Houston-area Ryan White Planning Council. For more information or to RSVP, call 713-527-8219. Houston GLBT Political Caucus speaker talks about HJR 6 Elizabeth McLane, a native Texan who has taught political science and criminal justice and worked on a number of political campaigns, will be the featured speaker at the Wednesday meeting of the Houston GLBT Political Causus (PAC) that will focus on House Joint Resolution 6. McLane will compare the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage as well as civil unions to legislation that has been introduced or adopted in states around the country. McLane, who has served as a city commissioner and taught at the University of Houston downtown campus and at Houston Community College, has entitled her address, "Compared to Counterparts: A Review of Texas and HJR 6." Her talk will be followed by a discussion of strategies that could be used to combat HJR 6 and other anti- gay legislation. HJR 6 was passed by the Texas House on Monday. If the measure finds a two-thirds majority in the Senate, it will go on the statewide ballot in November. The meeting gets underway at 7 p.m. at the Houston GLBT Community Center, 3400 Montrose Blvd., Suite 207. From staff and wire reports local news Texas House approves ban on gay marriage and civil unions Activists lobbying senate to get civil unions removed from proposed amendment By BINNIE FISHER One week after passing legislation that would prohibit gays, lesbians and bisexuals from serving as foster parents, the Texas House of Representatives approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would not only ban same-sex marriage but would also limit civil unions. The tally was 101-29, with eight members declining to cast votes on the measure. As originally introduced by Texas Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa), House Joint Resolution 6 would have prevented only gay marriage. Chisum later added language to also prohibit anyone in the state from entering into a civil union. In debate on the resolution, some legislators questioned whether the ban on civil unions would interfere with the right of individuals to name insurance beneficiaries and heirs to whom they are not legally married. Chisum said his measure allows for private contractual agreements between unmarried partners. Questioned by Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) on the House floor regarding whether the measure would also exclude civil unions for heterosexual couples, Chusum said, "I'm excluding any contract that would allow the same status as marriage." Rep. Elliott Naishtat (D-Austin) asked Chisum whether he thought HJR 6 was discriminatory; and Chisum replied, "I know I'm not discriminating because there is no person in Texas that does not fit under that one man, one woman." Among the handful of House members who argued passionately against the measure, were Reps. Jessica Farrar. Garnet Coleman and Senfronia Thompson, all Houston Democrats, and Rep. Paul Moreno, a Democrat from El Paso. Thompson, a black woman elected to the Texas House in 1973, said, "I've been a member of this body for three decades, and I believe we're going in the wrong direction here, the direction of hate and fear and discrimination." Thompson said she remembers that when she was a child, there was talk of protecting marriage then. "What they meant was if people of my color tried to marry people of Mr. Chisum's color, you'd often find people of my color hanging from a tree." 'Compassion over discrimination' After the vote, Coleman said, "Today the House passed a constitutional amend- Texas Rep. Warren Chisum (R-Pampa) is the author of House Joint Resolution 6 that bans not only same-sex marriage but also civil unions. ment that would deny basic contractual rights to thousands of families across the state. It's time to stop piling on and to start putting compassion over discrimination." In addition to Farrar. Coleman. Thompson, Moreno and Naishtat, other House members voting against the resolution included, from Houston, Reps. Alma Allen, Harold Durton, Scott Hochberg, Joe Moreno, Rick Noriega, and Hubert Vo. The resolution goes to the Texas Senate next, and activists in the state are urging action on the issue. The Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas (LGRL) issued an action alert asking anyone who does not agree with the vote to contact his or her senator. "For the first time in our history, the Texas Legislature is choosing to write discrimination into the very document that should protect all Texans," said Randall Ellis, LGRL's executive director. "The Texas Legislature continues to push policies that hurt real Texas families. Enough is enough. These lawmakers need to focus on the work of making Texas a better place for all Texans." If they're not able to turn the Senate around on the marriage resolution, activists hope they can at least get the civil union provision stricken. Some lawmakers who agree with the marriage amendment have said they approve of civil unions. Reps. Martha Wong (R-Houston) and Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) were among eight House members who abstained from voting on HJR 6. Wong said, "I believe the institution of marriage should be maintained only between one man and one woman. But I cannot allow us to write blatant misunderstanding and discrimination into the Texas Constitution by banning civil unions as well." ft MORE INFO Lesbian/Gay Rights Lobby of Texas www.lgri.org
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