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Houston Voice, April 8, 2005 - File 007. 2005-04-08. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/4133/show/4114.

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Title Houston Voice, April 8, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date April 8, 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 6 APRIL 8, 2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE national news NLGTF honors Dean's record By LOU CNIBBARO JR. WASHINGTON — The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force has been among the gay community's strongest advocates for legalizing same-sex marriage. So its decision to present its annual Lifetime Achievement Award this week to a same-sex marriage opponent drew attention to what many activists consider a vexing and complex issue that must be addressed cautiously and creatively The Task Force was scheduled to present its Lifetime Achievement Award to former Vermont Governor and Democratic Party Chair Howard Dean on Thursday at a fundraising ceremony at the Omni Shoreham Hotel here. Kate Michelman. former president of NARAL-Pro-Choice America, and Adam Ebbin, an openly gay member of the Virginia House of Delegates, were scheduled to join NLGTF Executive Director Matt Foreman in presenting the award to Dean. The event was expected to attract about 400 people and raise more than $75,000 for NGLTF. Dean emerged as one of the nation's most gay-supportive politicians in 2000 when, as governor, he played a key role in shepherding through the Vermont legislature the nation's first bill to legalize same-sex civil unions. While remaining popular among gay activists. Dean disappointed many in the gay community during his 2004 campaign for president when he said he opposed same-sex marriage because he believes, on religious grounds, that marriage should remain an institution only between a man and a woman. He said full equal rights and benefits for samesex couples should be pursued through federal recognition of civil unions. Josh Earnest, a spokesperson for the DNC, said Dean fully supports the Democratic Party platform planks on gay rights. He said that in his role as DNC chair. Dean would not be speaking on specific policy issues but would instead concentrate on building the party's infrastructure and financial support. Foreman said NLGTF selected Dean for its Lifetime Achievement Award because of Dean's "extraordinary" support for both gay civil rights and non-gay progressive causes. "Dr. Dean has been an ally for the gay community for decades," Foreman said. "He also has advocated other causes that the Task Force holds dear." Although he opposed same-sex marriage. Dean's decision to make his overall support for gay rights a central part of his presidential campaign "moved" the other Democratic presidential contenders to a more supportive position on gay rights. Foreman said. Foreman noted that Dean also spoke out against a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage. Robin Tyler, co-founder of the national group DontAmend.com, disagrees with the selection of Dean for the award. "What civil rights movement has ever given an award to someone who doesn't believe in total civil rights for that movement?" Tyler asked. Tyler noted that Dean's push for civil unions in Vermont came after the Vermont Supreme Court ordered the state to adopt either a civil union or gay marriage bill. Although some gay activists wanted the legislature to pass a marriage bill, Dean and state legislators chose the civil unions option at a time when opposition to both was fierce among many Vermont voters. "OK, that was years ago," Tyler said. "However, he keeps saying over and over that he still believes that marriage is between and man and a woman. In other words, he still believes in 'separate and unequal' or marriage segregation," Tyler said. Added Tyler, "NGLTF should have given this award to a courageous, outstanding Democrat who is an absolute friend of the LGBT community — San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsome. Instead, like abused children, we continue to grovel at the feet of those who continue to reject full equal rights for us." Eric Stern, the DNC's former outreach director for the gay community and current executive director of National Stonewall Democrats, said Dean's record in support of gay rights offsets his position on gay marriage "We must push for full GLBT marriage equality" Stern said. "But we would not move as fast in our efforts if we did not have someone as boldly progressive as Howard Dean." Stern said Dean mentioned gay issues in Howard Dean, the chairperson of the Democratic National Committee, was scheduled to be honored on Thursday by the Task Force despite his opposition to gay marriage. (Photo by Rudy K. Lawidjaja) his campaign speeches last year and continues to raise gay rights issues in his appearances across the country as DNC chair, including his appearances in conservative Republican or "red" states. "Having someone like Dean go to red states to address our issues is a big advantage for us," Stern said. Jeff Soref, chair of the DNC's Gay & Lesbian Americans Caucus, said Dean has yet to name a replacement for Stern as the DNC's new gay outreach director, but he expects Dean to fill the position. The gay caucus issued a statement at the DNC's winter meeting in February calling for the post to be filled. MONTROSETABERNACLE THE PENTECOSTALS OF MONTROSE rite you to join us on Sundays @ 2:30 PM and let the Holy Ghost do a work in you. If you have a talent singing, playing instruments, or spiritual gifts and are wanting a place to use them - please call 713-529-0324. We are Pentecostal gays with a desire to reach all our gay brothers and sisters and let them know that they can be spirit-filled and gay. We have a place in God's plan to reach our community and see his mighty work. We pray that you will seek God in what you do - & if you would like to be part of this, please call and ask for Chuck Pierce or Oscar Bridges. n unknown tongue (Isaiah 28:11 and Acts 2:4) to see us thrc May God Bless you in your walk with him OLD TIME • HOLY GHOST • CAMPMEETING Saturday, April 30, 2005 Hermann Park Golf Course gg^ 7:30 a.m. Registration «^ 8:00 a.m. Shotgun Start $75 per player Sponsorships S100-S500 For Information, call 713-952-2617 Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church 2025 W. 11th St. - Houston, TX 77008 ~ 713-861-9149 www.Resurrectionmcc.org ... u"'i, i BETHEL EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH (UCC) No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey. " e Church with Open Arms.' Visit our Open and Affirming community this Sunday! 1107 Shephert Drive g Center Street Houston, TX 770O7 • 713-861-6670 vnim.b6tlwtiointoii.org Sunday School 9:00 AM Sunday Worship 10:30 AM Wednesday Worehip 6:00 PM
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