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Title Connections, Vol. 3, No. 1, January 1981
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date January 1981
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
Rights No Copyright - United States
Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 005
Transcript CONNECTIONS: 'MORAL MAJORITY' MARCHING ON TEXAS by Lee The Moral Majority is marching on Texas from the Panhandle to the Gulf. Its leaders are organizing committees throughout the state and starting to monitor bills prefiled for the 67th Legislature. Seven of the state's 24 congressional districts are partly organized under the group's pro-family and God-loves-America banner. The others are expected to have chairmen and 10-member committees by January 27, the tentative date for a statewide meeting in Austin, said Fred Mason, state director of the Moral Majority of Texas, Inc. Its state offices are in Austin. The Moral Majority, founded in 1979 by television evangelist the Rev. Jerry Falwell of Lynchburg, Virginia, belongs to the confederation of so-called New Right groups that take credit for ousting prominent liberals in the November 4 election. About 72,000 ministers and 4 million laymen in the United States are on Moral Majority's mailing lists, spokesmen say. Mason is making note of bills in the Texas Legislature that promote or oppose the group's principles and will use his communication network to try to ensure their passage or defeat. He will accomplish this, he said, by telephoning district chairmen, who will alert that district's 10- member committees. They will notify individuals to bombard their legislators with telephone calls, letters and wires. One bill, introduced by Republican Senator Walter Mengden of Houston, calling for a period of silent prayer or meditation in public schools, is sure to get the Moral Majority's support. TYPEWRITERS - CALCULATORS - DICTATION EQUIPMENT SMALL COPIERS & CORRECTION TYPEWRITERS SERVICE • RENTALS - SALES ADLER - IBM - SMITH CORONA - SANYO DICTATION RENT PURCHASE PLAN AVAILABLE ON MOST MODELS SANYO DICTATION EQUIP. HOURS - MON. - FRI. 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM After January 12, visit our NEW LOCATION ! 2816 Nueces (Off Guadalupe, next to McDonald's) Register for a FREE !! ADLER Correcting Typewriter (Drawing January 30) ADLES SMooo 474-6396 Kelly Mason's only objection to the bill is that it isn't strong enough. The Moral Majority wants voluntary prayer in public schools said aloud, not silently, Mason said. Mason also commented on homosexuality: "We sympathize with the fact that homosexuals are sick and need to straighten up their lives. We oppose the sin of homosexuality but we don't oppose the homosexual. But we are not going to support any legislation that gives a special class special rights. The individual has the same recourse to the courts (to seek redress if fired because of sexual orientation) as anyone else." - The Austin American-Statesman m.-..i cactus pryor The Moral Majority is planning to march on the 67th Texas Legislature. They might discover that they are outnumbered by the Immoral Minority. ^^^^^^^ SODOMY LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL New York's highest court has struck down the state's anti-sodomy law. On December 18, 1980, the New York Court of Appeals voted 5 - 2 to uphold a lower court's ruling that the law violated constitutional rights of privacy and equal protection. The court observed that the sex acts mentioned in the statute were only illegal when performed by unmarried persons. In January of 1980, the five justices of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court unanimously declared the fifteen-year-old consensual sodomy law unconstitutional in the case of People vs. Ronald Onofre (1979). Onofre, 35, had been convicted of sodomy when his seventeen-year-old partner accused him of using force. /Although the partner later admitted the sexual acts were committed voluntarily, Judge Ormand N. Gale refused to throw out the sodomy charge when the other charges were dropped. The Appellate justices stated, "personal sexual conduct is a fundamental right, protected by the right to privacy because of the transcendental importance of sex to the human condition, the intimacy of the conduct, and its relationship to a person's right to control his or her body. The right is broad enough to include sexual acts between nonmarried persons and intimate consensual homosexual conduct." At the time of this ruling, a spokesperson for the National Committee for Sexual Civil Liberties, which helped prepare Onofre's appeal, said, "This decision has great significance. Legislative reform has not been promising. This shows a trend on the part of state appellate courts to strictly scrutinize the constitutionality of statutes regulating private sex. This can be used as a precedent in states where similar litigation is pending." REDHIVEK CROSSING- l draft every Tuesday 477-0391 611 RED RIVE
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