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Houston Voice, March 18, 2005 - File 007. 2005-03-18. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5687/show/5668.

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Title Houston Voice, March 18, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date March 18, 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 MARCH 18, 2005 www.houstonvoice.com HOUSTON VOICE r House OKs bill on religious group hiring policies national news Critics say measure would allow anti-gay discrimination By JOE CREA A bill that would allow religious organizations receiving federal funds to maintain anti-gay hiring policies passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month. The measure, which passed by a 224-200 vote, was approved after the House rejected an amendment that would have protected the civil rights of workers. The Workforce Investment Act, H.R. 27, now moves to the U.S. Senate where its fate is unclear, political experts said. The White House has indicated that should the measure fail in the Senate, the president will issue an executive order. "On its face it doesn't appear discriminatory but if you take a closer look, it clearly allows for federal contractors to circumvent civil rights laws," said Eric Stern, president of the National Stonewall Democrats. The new measure, if approved by the Senate and signed by President Bush, would enable faith-based groups receiving federal funds to circumvent local and state laws that bar discrimination based on sexual orientation. There is currently no fed- 'On its face [the bill] doesn't appear discriminatory but if you take a closer look, it clearly allows for federal contractors to circumvent civil rights laws,' said Eric Stem, president of the National Stonewall Democrats. eral law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace. Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, made clear in his March 1 Washington Update newsletter that the new bill is needed to maintain the employ ment practices of many religious groups. "The president made clear though that if these protections are not codified into law, the dangers of bias against the faith-based can return in future administrations," Perkins wrote. "Specifically organizations AFFORDABLE FITNESS Feeling good about yourself and how you look is the key. We can help you get there with a program designed Just for you. Call Today! HOUSTON GYM $ 18 Mloin nowandpay'18/mo. Tour club lor Marls 1501 Durham 713.880.9191 www.houstongym.com CALL NOW! that oppose homosexuality and abortion often need extra protection when receiving federal aid or using federal facilities. Amazingly, there are those in Congress whose unwarranted fear of anything faith- based is more important than the tremendous good that is done through faith-based organizations. "The addicted and afflicted, the needy and the seedy are all better served by faith- based organizations than by bureaucratic programs. Faith-based groups have a Constitutionally protected right to maintain their religious identity through hiring, even when federal funds are involved." The Rev. Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church & State, said social conservatives are demanding "special rights." They want 'special rights,' asking the government for money while requesting that they can still discriminate in hiring," Lynn said. "It's outrageous that the majority have removed civil rights protections from a piece of federal legislation. This protection has been a part of this statute for a long time and the majority has chosen to remove it." Lynn noted that when President Reagan signed the job-training bill into law in 1982, it protected the civil rights of workers. The White House press office did not return calls seeking comment. While condemning the partisan vote on last week's measure, the National Stonewall Gay U.S. Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) voted in favor of a bill that would allow federal funds to go to faith- based organizations that discriminate against gay employees. (File photo) Democrats chided Republican lawmakers who are considered "friendly" to gay rights issues for voting in support of the legislation. Mary Bono (R-Calif.), Mark Foley (R- Fla.), and gay Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.) among others all voted to pass the measure. Calls to Kolbe's office were not returned. fiLVSON I1DV€NTUR€S 800-825-9766 www. Alyson Adventures, com
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