because of the persecutory laws
and social prejudices than because
they are inherently promiscuous
or "digenerate." The argument
that these laws protect society is
baseless. How can anactperform-
ed IN PRIVATE by CONSENTING
ADULTS harm society?
The current law makes oral or
anal intercourse a felony whether
performed by persons of the same
or different sexes, whether the
couple is married or not. Clearly
absurd. The proposed revision
makes homosexual conduct a Class
C misdemeanor punishable by fine
of $200.00. It is less severe, but
no less absurd. It still turns the
State into a peeping Tom, exhibiting a perverse prurient interest
in the private conduct of its citizens. It reflects a self-righteous
moral bigotry unworthy of the
respect for person required of a
We urge you to vote for deletion of the section on homosexual activity in the revised penal
code and to vote for repeal of the
current sodomy statute. We are
not asking for a favor or a privilege; we are asking for our civil
rights and we are prepared to
pursue the same course as other
minorities to obtain them should
it become necessary.
May we ask your assistance in
completing the attached brief
questionnaire, which information
and compilation will be held in
strict confidence and will be disseminated only in working with
other State Legislators to achieve
our ends. No public statement will
be made regarding the specific
replies from individual legisla
tors. For your convenience, We
have enclosed a stamped, addressed envelope for your reply.
Thank you for your cooperation.
THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY
1. Do you consider regulation of
consensual sexual behavior among
adults in private a violation of
the 9th Amendment of the U.S.
Constitution and vicil rights practices?
2. Do you favor repeal of Texas
Sodomy law (Article 524, TPC)
as they apply to consenting adults
acting in private?
3. Do you favor deletion from the
proposed Penal Code revision of
Section 21.06 relating to homosexual conduct?
4. Do you favor the imposition of
religious beliefs or moral convictions on one group by another?
5. Do you favor laws guaranteeing the right of employment for
everyone, regardless of private
sexual orientation? Would you be
willing to support passage of a bill
that would end discrimination in
housing and employment because
of a person's sexual orientation?
6. Do you believe that the present
or proposed laws governing sexual
behavior among consenting adults
in private are enforceable?
7. Do you favor the abolishment of
current laws regarding victimless
8. Do you believe a law against
a. Reduce crime?
b. Save the State of Texas Money?
c. Serve any useful purpose?
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ONE MAN'S OPINION
by R. Francis Thompson
Traveled north over the Memorial Day weekend to one of the
State's smaller cow towns, Dallas,
I think they call it. I went for the
purpose of attending the dedication of the MCC Church building.
Rather strange, I thought, to find
these goings on up there instead
of here in this metropolis. I can't
find a superlative large enough
to express what I found there, so I
will just say it was great, inadequate, but it will have to do.
I want to thank the beautiful people of Dallas in general and my
Host, Arthur D., in particular, for
a weekend I shall treasure in my
I feli in love with Arthur immediately as I was introduced
to him. He thinks much along the
same lines I do and it is always
gratifying to meet someone who
shares ones thoughts. Its a great
ego booster. And now to the main
event of the whole affair -- the
Reverend Troy Perry. I first heard
about this man a few years back
when his name came on a TV news
broadcast, seems that he had been
busted for allowing his body to
litter the sacred streets of Hollywood. Subsequently; I have read
about him in various places and
when his book "The Lord is My
Shepherd and He Knows I'm Gay"
came out I bought a copy and read
it and wept for him, or perhaps
for myself. When he talked about
his separation from his wife and
family I had just gone through the
same experience and I knew full
well the pain he had suffered.
What about -the man? Well, just
that. To sum him up in one phrase--Troy Perry is a man. Anyone who believes that being Gay
makes one somewhat less than a
man just hasn't met Troy Perry.
He is powerful. He has charisma
and all the other things he has
been accused of having, including good looks. The instant he walks
into a room you feel him, even
if you don't see him you know he
is there. The thing that impressed me most about him is the way
he eats. As I stood in the buffet
line I glanced over to the table
at him and believe thee me he was
really putting it away. He eats
like he does everything else, with
a direct frontal attack. But its
small things a man unconsiously
does that really reveal his character. Had I observed him taking
dainty bits, dabbing his lips after
each one, I would have immediately mistrusted him. But watching him attack that plate of food
I was sure this man is for real.
But of course he had good reason
to attack it the way he did. It
was superb! Being a professional
cook myself, I feel that I am well
qualified to judge it thus. A large
bouquet of the finest lavender
orchids to those who prepared it.
I would like to share a few
of Peery's remarks with you. 'In
the State of California the sex
laws are so strict that anything
other than the heterosexual, married - man - on - top' missionary
position is illegal and if he sould
fall out of bed he would break
50 laws before he hit the floor.'
"MCC is not a Gay church, it
is the Christian church serving the
Made the rounds of the Gay
businesses in Dallas; notice I didn't
say Gay bars, but that's what they
Joy — J-O-Y ... Jesus first,
others second, yourself last.
Those thousands of Houstonians
who missed it did themselves out
of a great weekend. The three of
us that went up had a real good
This is, of course, ONE MAN'S