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Title Houston Voice, No. 754, April 7, 1995
Contributor
  • Darbonne, Sheri Cohen
Publisher Window Media
Date April 7, 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 22 HOUSTON VOICE / APRIL 7, 1995 Rhode Island house of representatives passes gay rights bill By TIM WHITMIRE FOR THE HOUSTON VOICE PROVIDENCE, R.I.. Thursday, March 30 (AP)—The Senate's leading supporter of legislation extending civil rights protections to homosexuals is predicting safe passage for the bill on its 11th trip through the General Assembly. "I think that (supporters) were much more organized this year," Sen. William Eitzpatrick said in explaining the relatively comfortable 56-41 margin by which the House passed the measure Wednesday. Similar bills have been passed by the House and Senate in past years, but never by both in the same year. The bill was defeated by a tie vote in the House in 1990, by a 25-23 vote in the Senate in 1992 and by a 9-7 vote in the House Judiciary Committee in 1993. Fitzpatrick predicted passage by the Senate, which received the bill minutes after its approval by the House. "The Senate passed the bill in 1993 (by a vote of) 30-17," he said. "The Senate hasn't changed." Fitzpatrick, who is gay, said although there are 11 new senators this year, many of them replaced people who voted against the bill in 1993. Gov. Lincoln Almond has said he supports the bill, which would add sexual orientation to the list of factors that cannot be considered by individuals and institutions offering employment, credit, housing and public accommodation. "I feel elation, absolute elation that the House has done the right thing," said James Staskavage of the Rhode Island Alliance for Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights. "I'm delighted," said Rep. David Cicilline, D-Pro vide nee, who spoke in favor of the bill before the House Special Legislation Committee and again on the House floor. The version of the bill passed included an amendment removing language that would have directed the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to prepare an anti-discrimination curriculum for use in the stale's schools. The amendment was approved 61-34 despite the opposition of some of the bill's supporters who objected to removing the educational requirement. "(This amendment) is a little like cut ting out the heart to save the patient," said Rep Edith Ajeilo, D-Provi- dence. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Frank Gas- chen, D-Cumberland, voted against the amendment, but acknowledged it was necessary "as a strictly political maneuver." Fitzpatrick said the amendment was added at the request of Almond's legal counsel. "I have mixed feelings (about the amendment)," Fitzpatrick said. "But I can live with it." Several House members questioned during floor debate whether the educational language would force schools to promote homosexuality as part of teaching them not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. Rep. Charles McDevitt, R-Lincoln, said teaching children not to discriminate against homosexuals would require teaching them what homosexuality is. "This seems to be the forcing of one's sexual philosophy on an organization," McDevitt said. "I don't think I have to live with people flaunting in front of me a lifestyle with which I do not agree." Rep. Harold Metts, D-Providence, also voted against the bill for religious reasons. "Ladies and gentlemen, there is no middle ground ... and I want to be on the Lord's side in this spiritual battle," he said. "Deviant sexual behavior does not qualify as a criteria for defining a minority." "This is the word that I stand by," Metts said, holding up a Bible. Rep. Jeffrey Teitz, D-Newport, said the state's colonial origins as a haven for those suffering from religious discrimination argued in favor of protecting homosexuals from discrimination three centuries later. "We, as a state made up of immigrants and the children and grandchildren of immigrants should be particularly sensitive to discrimination in our midst today," Teitz said. Responding to arguments that discrimination against homosexuals should not be prohibited because sexual orientation is a personal choice, Teitz pointed out that religious discrimination is prohibited, even though "religion for many is a matter of choice, not birth." The Senate referred the bill to the Special Legislation Committee. The Houston Voice welcomes well-written, insightful and to-the-point commentaries for our opinion/editorial pages. We also welcome "counterpoint" articles that represent a different view on the issues approached in articles we have already run. We reserve the right to edit for length, format and clarity. The views expressed in ouest commentaries and letters to the editor published in the Houston Voice are those of the writers. We seek to provide a broad-based forum which reflects the varvirm points of view of our rich and diverse community. Selection for publication is at our discretion. Send articles to: The Houston Voice. Attn.: Editor, 811 Westheimer, Houston, TX 77006, or fax to 713-529-9531.< Coming Again Soon, Wed Steak night Bye Dyan, we are going ,, to miss you. Best of luck! Super Saturday starring BRITTANY PAIGE 11 PM SHARP SPECIAL GUESTS Naomi Warwick Sivi Ross Rochelle Stevens Loretta Lick 2517 RalPh Street at Westheimer C7I3J 527-9071 • Happy Hour 7am-9pm weekdays • $1.50 Well 4-7 Saturday • $1.50 Vodka 7am-6pm • Mua Club 7am-10pm • $3.75 Pitchers & $1.25 Mufis MALE STRIP CONTEST at 11:00 pm with ?m MALE STRIP CONTEST at 11:00 pm with PAIUI WEEK #5 AMATEUR night 8 Week Series Houston s Largest
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