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Connections, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 1981 - File 004. 1981-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 27, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/2513/show/2503.

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Title Connections, Vol. 3, No. 6, June 1981
Contributor
  • Olinger, James K.
Publisher Olinger, James K.
Date June 1981
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
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  • Austin, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 5962584
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM) Digital Archive
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Transcript CONNECTIONS Supreme Court Won't Uphold N.Y. Sodomy Law Washington, D.C. — The US. Supreme Court refused May 18 to disturb a Mew York Court of Appeals ruling that had struck down the Mew York sodomy law as unconstitutional. As a result, the Mew York decision is now final and can serve as a precedent for court challenges to sodomy laws in some two dozen states, including Texas. The Supreme Court action contrasted with its earlier decisions on sodomy laws. Within the past five years, it had upheld a lower Federal court's decision ruling Virginia's sodomy law constitutional and had dismissed an appeal seeking to have North Carolina's law stricken. Several gay legal authorities stated that they feel the Supreme Courts recent sodomy decisions show a reluctance by the court to decide the issues and a willingness to let lower courts do as they see fit One gay rights lawyer expressed disappointment at the May 18 ruling, asserting that he would rather have a final Supreme Court decision, even if it upheld sodomy laws. This recent ruling came in the case of People v. Onofre and was technically a denial without dissent of the prosecutor's petition for a writ of certiorari (permission to appeal). Gay Life Law Students to Discuss Sodomy Decisions Law Students for Human Rights is sponsoring a lecture and discussion on June 24 at 7:00 p.m. for Gay Pride Week in the Charles I. Francis Auditorium in the law building on the UT. campus. Recent ratings on the constitutionality of state laws banning homosexual activity, the success rate of these cases, and strategy for future suits will be discussed. Activities of the Law Students for Human Rights include legal research for individuals and agencies, seminars and discussions. films, and speakers. The annual Sandwich Seminar presents several speakers discussing gay issues. Thisyear's seminar was held on March 24-25. The topics were the American Bar Association's "Good Moral Character'' Requirement and Private Practice by Gay- and Lesbian-identified Attorneys. The gay law student group will also exhibit materials on "The Legal Rights of Gay People'' June 18-30 in the display case in the law school library lobby. For more information, contact Law Students for Human Rights, UT, School of Law Annex #8, 727 E. 26th, Austin TX 78705, 471-5151. eo rivcr women's PRess *>8 c west 12 th st Austin. t€JAS 78703 Flood Damages Red River Women's Press The Austin Memorial Day Flood of May 24-25 damaged darkroom equipment and offset presses at Red River Women's Press, 908-C W 12th. As cleanup operations were underway, several people met at WomenSpace on June 1 to plan a benefit to help Red River Women's Press recover from the damage. D.A. Equates Gays With Thieves and Rapists Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade filed a motion for summary judgement in Baker v. Wade, the legal challenge to the Texas Homosexual Conduct Statute. Penal Code Section 21.06. in May. Wade stated that to argue that gay people are discriminated against because the legislature has criminalized homosexual activity is analogous to claiming that thieves and rapists are discriminated against because of laws against such crimes. M, Robert Schwab, President of the Texas Human Rights Foundation, responded, "to equate private consensual sexual activity with violent acts like rape shows the depth of prejudice existing against gay people. If the state would focus its police enforcement power toward crimes of violence, instead of activity which takes place in the privacy of the bedroom, we would all live in a safer world." A decision on Defendant Wade's motion is expected in the next several weeks. Trial is currently scheduled for June 15, 1981 in Dallas. ALGPC Candidates Victorious Five out ofthe seven candidates endorsed by the Austin Lesbian Gay Political Caucus were victorious in their election bids on April 4 and May 2. In Place 1, neighborhood activist Larry Deuser won the May 2 runoff in a landslide 62% of the vote, defeating former iobbyist Bob Duke. Deuser defeated original ALGPC endorsee Mike Guerrero in the April 4 primary. In Place 2. environmentalist Roger Dun can won April 4 with a startling 60% ofthe vote, defeating used-car dealer Louis "Bubba'' Henna, who had gone on record in the Daily Texan as opposing including gays in the Austin Fair Housing Ordinance. In Place4. incumbent Richard Goodman won the primary with 62% of the vote. defeating anti-ERA. anti-choice Rollin Mc Crae and Joan Bartz. former aide to Texas Democatic Party Chair candidate David Samuelson. who ran on an anti-gay platform. In Place 5. Johnny Trevino, incumbent council member, won April 4 a reelection bid against well-financed opponent Mark Rose. Trevino fought to include sexual orientation' in the Fair Housing Ordinance in 1977. In Place 6, Dr. Charles (Jrdy, a professor of chemistry at Huston-Tillotson College, won May 2 with 64% of the vote against 1950s and early 1960s activist Bertha Means. ALGPC endorsed Mayoral Candidate Bob Binder lost to incumbent Carole Keeton McClellan with 46% of the vote. McClellan spent over $200,000 in her reelection bid to Binder's $80,000. Most of her money came from Austin developers and banking interests. McClellan, fought against including gays in the Fair Housing Ordinance in 1977 and spearheaded the drive to oust lesbian activist Janna Zumbrun from the Human Relations Commission. Place 3 candidate Marcos de Leon lost the primary to incumbent Ron Mullen. With five endorsed candidates now on the City Council, the ALGPC plans to move quickly to rewrite the Austin Fair Housing Ordinance to include protection of gays and to strengthen the ordinance s enforcement provisions to make fair housing a reality for all the citizens of Austin. ALGPC "-■ Texas Human Rights Foundation Attacks 21.06 The Texas Human Rights Foundation (THRF) is a non-profit tax-exempt, public interest litigating corporation chartered by the state of Texas. Contributions are tax deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code. Formerly the Houston Human Rights Defense Foundation, the organization was enlarged to statewide status in June of 1978. The foundation's chartered purpose is to fight discrimination based on sex. race, creed, national origin, age. handicap, or sexual orientation. THRF president M. Robert Schwab. Ph.D.. of Houston, reports that 1980 was a spectacular year of growth for the foundation, which filed a constitutional challenge to the Texas Homosexual Conduct Statute. Penal Code Section 21.06. The Foundation's legal work in the case is proceeding well and the group has high hopes of voiding this ill-conceived law." Schwab says. "We appreciate the trust you have shown in us by giving your financial support Fund raising has increased both in terms of amounts collected and contributors participating."' In late 1980. THRF announced the receipt of a gift valued in excess of $7,500. which is believed to be the largest single contribution ever received by a Texas gay organization. Cinder Texas law. private consensual sexual conduct between adults is legal except between people of the same sex. THRF is sponsoring a challenge to Penal Code Section 21.06 in Dallas federal district court The case. Baker v. Wade, is scheduled for trial beginning June 15. 1981. Certification of the defendant class — Texas, city . and county attorneys — was accomplished. and a challenge to the standing of the plaintiff to bring the suit has been overcome. The plaintiff. Donald F. Baker, seeks to have Section 21.06 declared unconstitutional and barred from enforcement on the grounds that it violates an individuals right to privacy, due process and equal protection as guaranteed by the first ninth and fourteenth amendments to the US. Constitution. The foundation has made the case its top priority. By making gay Texans de facto criminals. 21.06 is the justification used for discrimination in employment child custody, housing, immigration and many other areas. Moreover, the existence of such a law casts a broad shadow over the lives of some of society's most responsible and productive citizens — gay people. Recognizing this. THRF is using this case as a means of educating the public about discriminatian against homosexuals. Through public appearances by community leaders and dissemination of the trial testimony of expert witnesses. THRF hopes to sensitize the public to the issues the case presents. THRF has assisted in formulating case strategy, selecting expert witnesses, and funding the costs of litigation. The foundation recognizes the immense commitment needed to see the effort to fruition, and is prepared to pursue the case through the appellate court system, if necessary. It should be noted that the Mew York Court of Appeals, the highest court in that state, recently struck down the New York sodomy law on the grounds that it infringed upon the individual's right of privacy and the equal protection provisions of the US. Constitution. 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