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Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003 - File 009. 2003-06-27. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 14, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/721/show/680.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1183, June 27, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
  • Crain, Chris
Publisher Window Media
Date June 27, 2003
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 8 JUNE 27, 2003 www.houston voice.com HOUSTON VOICE local news Attorneys, clients in sodomy case 'thrilled' Gay Houston attorney points out far-reaching implications of U.S. Supreme Court decision By PENNY WEAVER The historic U.S. Supreme Court decision to strike down Texas' so-called "homosexual conduct" law sent ripples of joy throughout the country, but nowhere was the excitement more palpable than in Houston, where the case originated. Gay Houston attorney Mitchell Katine and others who have worked on Lawrence and Garner v. Texas for five years — and on the move to eliminate the Texas sodomy law in political arenas — rejoiced at the news Thursday morning. "At first we knew we had won but we didn't know what we had won on," Katine said. "Quite frankly, I could not imagine that the court would actually overrule Bowers v. Hardwick. "When I got the decision that this was an ovemiling of Bowers v. Hardwick, I knew this was even a further reaching decision than on the right to equal protection," Katine added. "This is a much further reaching decision than I could have imagined. We're very excited." The Supreme Court struck down the state's ban on gay sex Thursday ruling that the law was an unconstitutional violation of privacy Gay activists and attorneys had argued that Gay Houston attorney Mitchell Katine has helped lead the case on behalf of John Lawrence and Tyron Gamer since the two were arrested in Lawrence's liedroom in 1998. the Texas statute was not only a violation of right to privacy but also a violation of equal protection guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. This week's ruling reverses Bowers v. Hardwick, the infamous Supreme Court 1986 decision that upheld a Georgia anti-sodomy law similar to the Texas statute. Katine said gay Houstonians John Lawrence and Tyron Garner, the two men arrested in 1998 in Lawrence's be-droom, originating the challenge to the Texas law, are amazed at the nationwide reaction to the decision. "I called John and Tyron and congratulated them and let them know that we could not have done this without them and their willing ness to be out in the forefront," Katine said. "John and Tyron...1 think they truly appreciate today...the historic significance of their contribution. "They are thrilled. They are excited. They are happy," he added. "They understand the significance of this decision on the country. "I spoke to them this morning and I was able to give them the news. They were both thrilled. They were both just beside themselves," Katine said. "They appreciate today that the whole nation has been watching this. They know that it's because of their willingness to go forward. I think that they truly appreciate the significance of this." Katine actually first heard the news from his mother. At 9:12 a.m. Thursday as members of the media and fellow attorneys surrounded Katine's desk, awaiting the official decision, the phone rang. It was Katine's mother. "[She said] '-Congratulations, son - you won!"' Katine said. "I said, 'Mom. that's fantastic.'" He emphasized the potentially far-reaching effects of the Supreme Court ruling. "All I'm saying is that what this decision has done is it puts me and my partner on the same grounds as our heterosexual neighbors," Katine said. "We all have the right to privacy in this country We all have the right to not have the government telling us what we can do and what we can't do in our bedrooms as adults." On a lighter note, Katine is ready for Saturday's Houston Pride Parade — particular The office of Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal handled the Lawrence case on behalf of the state of Texas. significant this year in light of the Lawrence v. Texas decision. Tve been telling people let's wait for this decision and then you can go have sex," Katine said with a laugh. "We are now free and we are going to have one hell of a Pride parade The rally is going to be great "Everyone needs to know that every case is important and we all have civil rights that can be protected. We can actually win," Katine said. The office of Harris County District Attorney Chuck Rosenthal represented the state of Texas in the Lawrence and Garner v. Texas case. Rosenthal, who initially argued the case for the state, could not be reached by press time Thursday But Rosenthal said last fall that his office was prepared to vigorously defend the Texas law. "One of the things that we've done is we've sworn to uphold the Constitution of the State of Texas and of the United States, and we're fulfilling our oath," Rosenthal said. Bill Delmore, the Harris County assistant prosecutor who also worked on the case, in the past has said that the Legislature should throw out the sodomy law if that's what Texans want. "My concern was primarily that the decision be made in the Legislature so we could protect the people's right through their elected representatives to determine what conduct they believe to be immoral and ought to be against the law," Delmore has said. Gay Houstonians celebrate court ruling Pro-gay decision in time for Pride; celebration rallies held across the state By PENNY WEAVER Pride 2003 has taken on a whole new meaning this week for gays across the nation and particularly in Houston. The Thursday decision by the U.S. Supreme Court that effectively strikes down anti-gay sodomy laws across the nation came in time for Pride Week. The case that raised the challenge to Texas' so- called "homosexual conduct" law originated in Houston. So gay Houstonians prepared for an even more raucous Pride Parade on Saturday night. Following the Supreme Court announcement of its decision, gay activists and supporters across the nation planned celebrations Thursday night. In Houston, the rally was held on the steps of city hall, and speakers included Mayor Lee Brown and gay attorney Mitchell Katine, who was involved in the case of Lawrence and Garner v. Texas since it began in 1998. John I.awrence and Tyrone Garner, the two men whose arrests in Lawrence's Houston bedroom led to the sodomy law challenge, also were to be present at the Thursday rally at city hall. Across the nation, gay activists planned celebrations after the ruling. Cities in Texas that planned rallies, in addition to Houston, included Galveston, Austin, Dallas Guided in part by the National Supreme Court Civil Rights Rally, activists also were to gather in Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Philadephia, Seattle and Washington, DC, among others. "Local organizers around the country are stepping up to the plate and taking the lead in defending their communities," said Robin Tyler, co-coordinator of the civil rights rally group, of the independently organized rallies. "Each community controls the event in their town and most of the 29 have reached out to us to help publicize and gain national visibility for their efforts. "While Canada, where I was born, just PFLAG-Houston Secretary Sue Nut. also the mother of a gay son and daughter. said in reaction to Thursday's Supreme Court decision: 'No longer wHI my children be selectively branded as criminals simply for loving someone of the same gender.' legalized marriage, we in the USA are still fighting for what should be the basic human right of equal protection under the law," Tyler added. Sue Null, secretary for PFLAGHouston (Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays), was scheduled to speak at the Thursday night rally at Houston City Hall. Her comments included the following. "I feel like I've been bouncing all day on one of those children's moon walks. No longer will my children be selectively branded as criminals simply for loving someone of the same gender. "I come before you today as a member of PFLAG and as a loving mom of a lesbian daughter and gay son," Null said. "No mother, cradling her new baby in her arms, expects this child to grow up to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender But every mother wants her children to have equal opportunity in the world, to find someone to love, and to be safe And all children deserve their moth er's unconditional love, regardless of the gender ot the person they lovt. "How could any mother tell her GLBT children that they don't deserve the same opportunities as their straight siblings?," Null said. "How could any mother teU her GLBT children that they don't deserve the same rights? Equal respect? How could any mother have the arrogance to deny her children the right to love whom they love? "Not all of us have the privilege of learning to embrace a son or daughter who is a sexual minority," Null said. "I am grateful to ray own children who have opened doors to a whole new community of people whom I wouldn't otherwise know if it were not for them. They, and all of you, have offered my husband and me an opportunity to grow in sensitivity, compassion, and admiration for your great courage and strength, often in the face of fear and adversity "Hopefully, [Thursday's] decision will lead to a change in the public's perception of sexual minorities, which in turn will lead to greater safety, safety on the streets, safety in the job market, and safety in all aspects of life," Null said. "Misguided religious, social and political forces will continue to rail against sexual minorities, and we have a long way to go before our loved ones achieve true equality, but PFLAG is with you all the way! Justice will triumph!"
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