6 Montrose Voice / February 5,1982
"Women in the News:
Stop anti-gay Hysteria, says NOW Saturday, March 6th
WASHINGTON—An officer of the
National Organization for Women
accused the Moral Majority and Christian
Voice of "inciting mass hysteria" in
opposing a bill to ban discrimination
against homosexuals, reported UPI.
But the chairman of the National Pro-
Li fe Coalition, Connaught Marshner, said
that homosexuality "is a point on which
our ecripturea are clear, and we will never
change our minds."
Both women presented sharply conflicting testimony at a House Education and
Labor Subcommittee hearing on a bill
sponsored by Rep. Ted Weiae (D-N.Y.) to
amend the 1964 Civil Righta Act to prohibit discrimination against gay people.
Jane Wella-Schooley, NOW vice-
president, said she got her information
about hysteria from a Christian Voice
mailing that says: "Thousands of innocent American children may soon be molested by sex deviates—if Congress votes
for a proposed civil rights law now being
considered—including precious Christian
children in your Sunday school."
She also quoted the Rev. Jerry Falwell of
the Moral Majority organization as saying in a mailing: "Does the law protect
drug pushers? Does the law protect bootleggers? Why then should the law all of a
sudden etart protecting militant homosexuals who want to flaunt their perverted
lifestyles in our faces?"
Wells-Bchooley said she believes such
tactics "are used to incite hatred and fear19
and for "inciting mass hysteria."
Congressman Weiss said, "You have to
conclude what they're doing is deliberately distorting the situation for the pur*
pose of raising money."
Marshner, on the other hand, said, "W*
are not urging employers be forbidden to
hire homosexuals. ... What we ate adw
eating is our right to privacy be respected;
that the homosexual lifestyle not be
flaunted in our neighborhood and shouted
from the housetops."
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gap in benefits
of Social Security
WASHINGTON (AP) - The gap in
yearly Social Security benefits for retired men and women will persist into
the middle of the next century, with
women on the average receiving only
two-thirds of what men get, a new study
In the year 2050, the study projects,
women will receive an average of $153,-
503, about 66 percent of the male average of $231,895. In terms of today's buying power, the study said, that would be
about $12,141 for men and $8,037 for
Newly retired females last year received an average of $3,629 in Social
Security benefits, only 65 percent of
what men received on the average,
More women are in the workforce
earning Social Security benefits on their
own these days, but a majority still get
larger benefits based on their husbands'
! accounts than on their own.
In the future, more women will get
i Social Security in their own right, but
their average benefit still will trail what
men receive because many of the
women will work only intermittently and
at low wages, the author of the study
The new projections appear in the
January issue of the Social Security
Bulletin. Steven McKay, a Social Security actuary, used the work histories of
1,378 beneficiaries in 1977 to project what
workers will draw from the system in
the next 75 years.
McKay said in an interview Wednesday the proportion between average
benefits for males and females "stays
about the same. A lot of people were expecting them to close somewhat. They
Rep. Mary Rose Oakar, D-Ohio, who
chairs a House aging committee task
force on Social Security and women,
said, "For women, it's not going to get
any better. There's no current commitment to correct the problems."
"We just feel very, very strongly that
the poorest people in this country are
women 65 and over and they'll be even
poorer in the year 2050," she said in an
McKay said none of his projections is
definite. "We don't want to say definitely that women's benefits are not going to
go up as fast as men."
But the projections are based on the
intermediate economic assumptions
used by Social Security's trustees to
project how much the system will pay
out over the next 75 years. That scenario
calls for inflation to decline to a con-
statnt 4 percent per year in 1990 and
ther?after and wages to rise at 5.5 percent per year.
Judy Goldsmith, vice president of the
National Organization for Women, called
the projections "shocking" and claimed
the pay gap will never close unless the
Equal Rights Amendment is ratified.
More than half of all women work outside the home today, compared with 27
percent in 1940.
Social Security treats the earnings of
male and female workers the same, but
women on the average earn only 60
cents for each dollar earned by men.