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Title Houston Voice, No. 749, March 3, 1995
Contributor
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date March 3, 1995
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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Transcript 14 HOUSTON VOICE / MARCH 3, 1995 Bill would transfer money from gay organization to day care Panel kills attempt to overturn Arkansas sodomy law By ROCHELLE OLSON FOR THE HOUSTON VOICE CHARLESTON, W.Va.. Friday, Feb. 24 (AP)—A member of a gay, lesbian and bisexual group at West Virginia University said homophobia is behind a bill aimed at eliminating the group's funding and office space. "You cannot claim yourself to be non-homophobic when you will do anything in your power to throw a gay organization off campus, but at the same time keep organizations in their offices based solely on their race, gender or religion." Erick Rex rode, a board member of Bisexual, Gay and Lesbian Mountaineers, said Thurs- day. Delegates Eric Blass, R-Monong- alia. Greg Martin, R-Ohio, and Arnold Ryan. D-Summers, introduced a bill that would cut off space and money for the group and give it to a day care. Blass said the university needs space for student day care. "It could have a good chance because a vote against it would be a pro-gay vote and I don't think many delegates want to go on the record as pro-gay," Blass said. But Rexrode said the groups office space is only 8-by-12 feet. The whole downtown campus is unfit for a daycare center because there is no outdoor area for children to play. Rexrode said. "If Delegate Blass thinks he is going to get this bill passed without a fight, he is wrong," Rexrode said. Blass said the gay group receives up to $8,000 in taxpayer funds yearly. "I just don't think, to be quite honest, the homosexual and lesbian community should be funded by the state whether it's a penny or a million dollars," Martin said. Rexrode said the group is financed by membership dues and private dona tions, not taxpayer money. The group paid for its own computer and pays its own phone bills, he said. The lawmakers are stepping over their bounds by trying to tell the university what to do, Rexrode said. Morgantown is a comfortable place for gay, bisexual and lesbian people because of non-discrimination laws at the university and in the city that protect them, Rexrode said. Delegate Brian Gallagher, D-Mon- ongalia. said he received no requests for such a measure and doubts there is room at the union for a day-care center. "I don't think a vote for that is pro-gay or anti-gay." he said. Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischa- uer, D-Monongalia, said the bill was "ridiculous." She received no calls from constituents requesting the measure and does not support it, she said. "I think it's a publicity stunt," she said. The bill was sent to the House Education Committee. Chairperson Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, said he had not read the bill and had not decided whether to put it on the agenda. Prezioso noted the bill also would need to be sent to the Finance Committee. Martin, said he represents conservative constituents, many of whom believe the gay lifestyle is deviant, and that everybody should be treated equally under the law. "They have what we might call traditional family values and overwhelmingly are not happy lhat funding is being used to supplement and pay for homosexual and lesbian projects," Martin said. Ryan agreed it was an inappropriate use of taxpayer money. "It's a problem there. They could use day care services," he said. By JAMES JEFFERSON FOR THE HOUSTON VOICE LITTLE ROCK, Friday, Feb. 24 (AP)—For the third time in six years, a Senate committee killed legislation Friday that would make private, consentual homosexual acts legal in Arkansas. The state sodomy law makes sexual acts between people of the same sex a misdemeanor, along with sex with an animal. Sen. Vic Snyder, D-Little Rock, has sponsored legislation to remove private homosexual acts from the law in three consecutive regular sessions. He said Friday that heterosexuals in Arkansas can privately engage in any kind of consentual sex they choose without state interference. "But if you are gay or lesbian, the state has a right to go in your home and arrest you," Snyder said. "We're just one aggressive, misguided prosecutor away from having an ugly incident in this state." Former Sen. John Pagan, a constitutional lawyer, said the issue was not whether the Legislature approves of homosexuality, but whether lawmakers believe in the rights of privacy and equal protection. Some states have repealed similar sodomy laws and the courts have invalidated them in other states, he said. "There's nothing at all radical about this bill. This bill is very much in the mainstream of current American legal thought," Pagan said. About a dozen spectators in the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting wore lapel stickers supporting Snyder's bill, including the Rev. Bryan G. Fulwider of the Interfaith Council, a group of 14 faiths representing about 450,000 Arkansans. A United Methodist minister, Fulwider said his denomination has struggled with the issue of homosexuality for many years. "Many of us believe and understand it as one of the ways God creates God's human beings," he said. "We don't believe the state has any business legislating or dictating what consenting adults do in the privacy of their own homes." Shirley Herndon of Little Rock described her daughter, whom she did not name, as an upstanding citizen of the state and good person who for a decade has been involved in a lesbian relationship. Ms. Herndon criticized the sodomy law as an unconstitutional infringement on her daughter's right to live her life as she saw fit. But opponents of the measure noted the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' affirmation of the law in 1983. "Our law is constitutional and, basically, we ought to just leave well enough alone," said Jerry Cox, director of Arkansas Family Council, a conservative group that focuses on family issues. Larry Page of the Christian Civic Action Committee said the law was an important public policy statement "that some behavior is not appropriate, regardless of how politically incorrect that view would be." The committee voted the bill down on a voice vote. The only member other than Snyder to voice support for it was Sen. Mike Everett, D- Marked Tree. Two years ago, Everett revealed in emotional testimony he had accepted his son after learning he was a homosexual. Montrose Soft] eague -> NOW RECRUITING CALL/867-3913 Season Begins 4/2/95 % 3*-. The Lovett Inn Call for weekly specials Jacuzzi Suites* Continental Breakfasl Pool .Hot Tub- Color Vt -Phones Walking Distance to Clubs and Excellent Restaurants * I'uli.il Locati ml Close in the < 'allel i.i .uh! 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