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Title Houston Voice, No. 1207, December 12, 2003
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date December 12, 2003
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Transcript fTTrTTTSTTTTl voice 'Silver Bells' Gay Men's Chorus of Houston celebrates silver anniversary of making music together. Page 15 ISSUE 1207 WWW.HOUSTONVOICE.COM ALL THE NEWS FOR YOUR LIFE. AND YOUR STYLE. DECEMBER 12,2003 Parker makes history again First gay council rep wins city controller race By BINNIE FISHER A few days after voters in Houston overwhelmingly handed the job of city controller to Annise Parker, the first lesbian to be elected to the position, she said her 62-percent majority over opponent Bruce Tatro says more than meets the eye. For starters, it says that she pulled votes from both Democrats and Republicans in a city that is home to former Republican President George Bush. "I drew votes from all segments of the city," Parker said. "At least a third of conservatives (who voted) voted for me." The Houston runoff election on Dec. 6 also handed a landslide victory to businessman Bill White, who served as deputy secretary of energy in the Clinton administration, and who ran for mayor against Republican Orlando Sanchez. White garnered 63 percent of the vote to Sanchez's 37 percent. In another key race, voters delivered a narrow victory to civil rights attorney Ron Green, who faced District G City 1 |K m'i s *••*■" ~af ^^B m m '"* *F H t — -^t V&T* Mise —-——"~\Q Houston City Councilwoman Annise Parker, left, celebrates her election to the position of city controller with (from left) daughters Daniela and Marquitta Parker and her partner, Kathy Hubbard Councilman Bert Keller in the race for At- large, Position 4 on the council. Green received -53 percent of the vote to Keller's 47 percent. Green's win was considered crucial to gay men and lesbians, even though Keller had voted favorably on gay issues in the past. It insured that political mix on the city council remained at eight progressives to seven conservatives. In other races of interest to gay men and lesbians , Houston Gay and Lesbian Political Caucus (PAC)-endorsed Adrian Garcia defeated Diana Davila Martinez for the District H seat on the council with 52 percent of the vote, and caucus-endorsed candidate Peter Brown lost the AUarge, Position 3 seat on the council to Shelley Sekula-Gibbs, who received 52 percent of the vote. Houston is a city that has three times elected Annise Parker to the City Council. Her stunning , runoff victory serves as a message to her that Houston expects her to be herself. "I intend to be visible and outspoken on our (lesbian and gay) issues." she said. Since the runoff. Parker's photo has appeared in newspapers nationwide, and her victory has been lauded by gays and lesbians throughout the country. "This is a big win for the GLBT community," said Chuck Wolfe, executive director of the Victory Fund. "Annise has won a key race in an important region. The fact that she won because of her work on the city council on behalf of all Houston citizens is significant to the future of all GLBT candidates." Please see ELfCTION on Page 8 Marriage or bust? Advocates say civil unions 'separate and unequal' By LOU CHIBBARO JR. With Americans engaged in an unprecedented dialogue on the issue of gay marriage, the nation's gay civil rights groups are being asked whether they consider Vermont-style civil unions as an acceptable alternative to civil marriage rights for same- sex couples. While praising Vermont for adopting its civil unions law. leaders of virtually all of the national gay civil rights groups have come down solidly behind demanding full civil marriage for gays, saying civil unions fail to provide the full legal rights and benefits of marriage. "In our country, we have just one, single legal protection for families, and it's called marriage," said Evan Wolfson, executive director of Freedom to Marry, a national group helping coordinate lobbying efforts for same-sex marriage. Representatives from a number of gay civil rights groups said that bene- Please see MARRIAGE on Page 9 POLICE MUM: Despite pressure, police have nothing to report on the Allyn murder. Page 7 PIPE ATTACK: Police haven't determined if beating of dancer a hate crime. Page 3
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