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The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1973 - File 007. 1973-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 3, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/gcam/item/3445/show/3430.

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Title The Nuntius & Our Community, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1973
Contributor
  • Frank, Phil
Date June 1973
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 28912012
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).; Pages 8 and 13 of this newspaper issue are numbered incorrectly.
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Title File 007
Transcript LETTERS to the EDITOR Results of a survey conducted by Integrity Houston, a homophile organization in "this city in which they asked the legislators of the State of Texas their opinion on civil rights in general and homosexual rights in particular-pointed out the attitude of our representatives far beyond the questions asked. These people, elected by you --the voters of the State of Texas, hold you in such total contempt that they did not even bother, for the most part to answer the questionnaire. Indeed, the vast majority didn/t bother to return it, even though a stamped return envelope was enclosed. This is a stiuation which goes far beyond the issue of homosexual rights. It should be the concern of every thinking citizen in this state. For these men to totally and contemptuously ignore our legitimate questions, is a situation beyond belief. It it their right and duty to vote in the legislature as their conscience directs, if they have one, which at this point I believe we have good reason to question. It was also their right to answer the questionnaire either in the affirmative or the negative. But to not answer at all or to totally ignore it was a gross breach of the trust the people have placed in them. We on our part did everything possible to protect their rights. The questionnaires were completely anonymous, so we have no way of knowing who did and who did not answer, or if they did answer, how. For them to have held the rights of homosexuals in contempt by replying in the negative would be a thing that others could perhaps ignore. But to show this kind of contempt for the voting public is a gross negligence of their duties. Simply because they do not agree with a position, mine or yours, does not give them the right to ignore it. I sincerely hope the next time the citizens of Texas go to the polls they will take a much longer look atthe peo ple for whom they vote and seriously question whether whether or not the people we elect will represent us as they should or simply go to Austin and collect the money they draw from our pockets, while ignoring us completely. R. Francis Thompson 3957 Kirby Drive Houston, Texas 77006 Dear Mr. Thompson, Below is the questionnaire sent to our Legislators to help our readers more understand what your letter is all about. Editor Dear Legislator: The enclosed questionnaire is intended to explore your attitude toward the right of privacy and freedom of conscience for adults. We write in the belief that human law is meant to protect life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness - - that it is not the property or the benefactor of the rich, the few or an instrument for the religious or moral' convictions of one segment of society as against those of another. We hold that, while actions involving injury to person or property must be regulated for the protection of all, morality is a private matter and not the legitimate province of the State. Nine States: Illinois, Colorado, Oregon, _ Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, " District of Columbia, Deleware and Ohio have officially recognized this principle and have abandoned the illegitimate, pointless and profitless regulation of private sexual behavior among consenting adults, and as a result, their crime rate IS LOWER, not HIGHER. Such laws against victimless acts are, at best, unenforceable and, at worst, subject to the most arbitrary application. They undermine respect for the law in general because they make felons or miscreants of people whose only offense is their participation of alternative in their enjoyment of conjugal relations or a harmless difference in their choice of part ners. The overwhelming majority of citizens affected by these laws are in all respects responsible and productive members of their community. Those who pursue a different lifestyle often do so more WONDERING WHAT TO DO? Dallas fff«E All (OIK io Studi Starts May 22 "THE CLASSIFIED CAPER' * *V>* k^V III. BRYAN At finHUCH !H 123 0417 n a!i*^tl \* ^ Page 6
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