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Title Houston Voice, No. 1171, April 4, 2003
Contributor
  • Weaver, Penny
Publisher Window Media
Date April 4, 2003
Language English
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  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houston voice.com APRIL 4, 2003 7 legislative news mwm Nashville council defeats bias measure for gay city workers NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Metro Council defeated a measure that would have extended non-discrimination ^protections to gay city workers, according to the Tennessean. With the council vote tied 18-18, Howard Gentry, the city's vice mayor, broke the deadlock and voted against the bill. "In my research I have not determined that there have been adequate number of complaints on Metro government on behalf of employees of Metro government to justify passing a law against discrimination when discrimination hasn't been proven in Metro government," Gentry said, according to the newspaper. The bill was a more limited version of a measure that would have extended city wide housing and employment protections to gays in public or private sectors. That measure was withdrawn in February after two months of debate. "I don't think government should enter the bedroom," said Council member Bettye Balthrop, who voted against the bill, according to Tennessean. The measure needed 21 votes on the 40-member council to get to a required third .vote. It passed its first reading March 18 on a 17-16 vote. Nashville Vice Mayor Howard Gently, in a rare vote, broke a deadlock on Tuesday when he voted against a bill prohibiting anti-gay bias among city workers. House panel in Minn, considers complaint against lawmaker ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The state House Ethics Committee formally accepted charges Monday alleging Rep. Arlon Lindner (R-Corcoran) brought disrepute to the House when he made remarks later called anti-gay and racist by Democrats. The panel set a hearing for April 7 in which its four members will determine whether to dismiss the complaint or send it to a full hearing. The announcement came as Lindner's attorney, James Anderson, made clear his plans to use the hearing to draw more attention to the bill Lindner was promoting when he offended colleagues. Lindner's bill would remove state civil rights protections for gays. Anderson said Democrats filed the ethics complaint to frighten conservative lawmakers away from Lindner's bill. Lindner recently questioned whether gays were persecuted by the Nazis. "We think denying the Holocaust is so outrageous and so ahistori- cal that we'll have no difficulty showing he ■brought the House into disrepute," said House Minority Leader Rep. Matt Entenza. Colo, bill would strip medical bias protections from gays DENVER (AP) — State representatives have removed a provision protecting gays from discrimination by health care work- » ers. Rep. Don Lee (R-Jefferson County) Ptook a routine measure dealing with agency regulations and amended it to remove protection for gays under rules set by the Medical Services Board. It was approved by the House last week. Lee argued that gays don't have legal claims against discrimination now and the rules would create a special protection for » them. Senate Bill 88 passed on a 34-29 ^.party-line vote, with a lone Republican, Rep. Gregg Rippy of Glenwood Springs, siding with Democrats. An angry House Minority Leader, Rep. Jennifer Veiga (D- Denver), said Lee's approach also would allow for discrimination against people who are older, believe in a certain religion, belong to an ethnic group or have a physical disability. Gay-inclusive hate crime legislation gains support Ark. LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Proponents of hate crime legislation pending before a House committee say the measure would help track the crimes in the state, one of only five states with no hate crime laws on their books. The state also ranks near the bottom in reported hate crimes. Sea Tracy Steele (D-North Little Rock) has proposed a bill that would impose "restorative measures" on defendants found guilty of a hate crime. The bill would apply in the cases of a defendant who is convicted, or who pleads guilty or no contest, to crimes that deprive a victim of major life functions in crimes motivated by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sexual orientation, gender or disability Under the bill, a judge could include "restorative measures" in the sentence, including counseling and educational classes. The bill passed the Senate earlier in March and a House committee is expected to take it up soon. In Arkansas, only three law enforcement agencies representing 81,000 residents participated in the FBI's voluntary hate crime reporting program in 2001, the most recent year for which data is available. The state reported three hate crimes in 2001. Lawmaker seeks support for gay marriage ban in Ohio COLUMBUS, Ohio — Sen. Lynn R. Wachtmann (R-Napoleon) is seeking support for legislation that would outlaw same-sex marriage in the state, similar to one passed in the House last year, according to the Gay People's Chronicle. That measure was later defeated in the Senate. Wachtmann is recruiting co-sponsors while seeking to fast- track the measure. The previous bill would have blocked all domestic partner benefits and voided custody and visitation orders and financial benefits granted outside the state. If Wachtmann's bill is assigned a number, it stands a good chance of being passed in the legislature this year, as the House is more conservative this time around and the Senate leadership is more sympathetic to the measure, according to the Chronicle. From staff and wire reports JEFF-COOPER PLATINUM "Good things come in small packages/" IWmork. 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