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Title Connections, Vol. 3, No. 2, February 1981
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Gay Community Services
Date February 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' TRIAL DATE SET FOR SODOMY LAW Dallas - The trial of Donald F. Baker's suit challenging the Texas Homosexual Conduct Law (Penal Cede Section 21.06) has been set for June 15, 1981. Baker, who is president of the Dallas Gay Political Caucus, is hopeful that the courts will find the law unconstitutional, especially since New York's sodomy law was struck down in December, 1980. Recently, oral depositions were taken in which Dallas District Attorney Henry Wade and City Attorney Lee Holt were required to defend the state's position in maintaining Section 21.06. Most Texas city, county, and district attorneys have been certified as the defendant class in the suit. Section 21.06 penalizes sexual relations between consenting adults of the same sex in private. The suit was filed with the sponsorship of the Texas Human Rights Foundation and seeks to have Section 21.06 declared unconstitutional and barred from enforcement on the grounds that it violates the individual's rights to privacy, due process and e- qual protection of the laws guaranteed by the first, ninth and fourteenth amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Baker explained he filed the suit "because 21.06 is a blatant intrusion into the individual's private affairs. The crux of the suit is whether the state has the right to intrude into an individual's home and private life. I contend it does not have that right. If a person is suspected of being homosexual and arrested, the result might be the loss of a job or the loss of child custody. Being gay is not a crime." Baker, 33, is a U.S. Navy veteran who holds a master's degree from Southern Methodist University. The Dallas native-graduated cum laude from State University of N.Y., College at Cortland. In 1973 the Texas Legislature adopted the Model Penal Code of the American Law Institute and added Section 21.06 to it. The model code endorsed by the Institute does not recognize homosexual activity as criminal. Since 1960, 23 states have eliminated laws similar to Section 21.06. The American Psychiatric Association passed a resolution supporting the repeal of criminal statutes singling out homosexual acts by consenting adults in private, stating in its 1974 resolution that homosexuality is not a mental disorder and implies no impairment in judgement, reliability or general social or vocational capability. Founded in 1976, the Texas Human Rights Foundation is a non-profit public litigating corporation chartered to fight discrimination on the basis of sex, race, creed, national origin, age, handicap status, and sexual orientation. Austin party in honor of Donald Baker, July 1980. From left: Dan Boyle, Don Baker, J Steve Thomas, Donna Johnson, Naisbif:. McCOY ARRAIGNMENT DELAYED Houston - The arraignment of Houston Police Officer Kevin McCoy has been postponed indefinitely, reports Houston Gay Political Caucus President Lee Harrington. Officer McCoy is the 25-year-old policeman who shot HGPC Secretary Fred Paez to death in June, 1980, on the eve of Gay Pride Week. McCoy was to have appeared in court January 9, 1981, but the Federal District Court granted a postponement. A new date has not been scheduled. McCoy is reportedly seeking more time to solidify his case. McCoy is to be eventually arraigned on charges of negligent homicide. The decision was reached late last year by a grand jury investigation, after gay citizens spearheaded an investigating task force to press City Hall for action. Although the charge of negligent homicide is categorized as a misdemeanor, pressure had forced its upgrading in order that the case could be heard in felony court. The trial hinges on evidence that McCoy was drinking the night of the shooting and that McCoy has continued to be homophobic since youth. This Week in Texas Send your story to CONNECTIONS "Our God is not a woman Our God is not a man Our God is both & neither Our God is I who Am" REV CANDACE A. NAISBITT Pastor METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH OF AUSTIN Sunday, February 8, Congregational Meeting after worship service (3 pm). Saturday, February 21, Membership Day 11 am - 4 pm. Call for details. Christian Life Series (Wednesday, 9 pm): Homosexuality and the Bible Counseling by appointment, 477-7747 Worship Services: 408 West 23rd Street Sunday at 2:00 pm Wednesday at 7:30 pm Mailing Address : P.O. Box 18581 Austin, TX 78745 For more information regarding religious and social activities, phone (512) 477-7747
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