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Houston Voice, No. 814, May 31, 1996 - File 007. 1996-05-31. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 7, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/515/show/492.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 814, May 31, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date May 31, 1996
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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Title File 007
Transcript 6 HOUSTON VOICE / MAY 31. 1996 AGAIN ► Furniture ► Lamps ► Fine Art ► Crystal ► Mirrors ► China ► Rugs ► Accesories Consignments Accepted Daily Hours: Tues. - Fri. 10 to 2 Saturday 10 to 6 41819 Waugh Drive • • ILtmait/tfU a Z>iettl a _7zaKi(d^ a **?<!«« otratd "Aatj Statptuxei • • o£ "?uten "pwutOJiutfi • ! West Gray 1 S QflWillard -E S Westheimer 529-5069 s Grand Opening ill M - $■».W No Dealers Please As Many As You Can Carry Something for everybody!! • 62 Channel Video Arcade w/quad • Squeaky Clean Booth & Friendly Clerks - Video Sales & Rentals - Largest Selection of Swinger Mags • Books & Novelties - Gay, Lesbian, TV's, Bondage, Foreign, Kink, New Releases 2039 Mangum (713) 957-4152 Bring in Coupon for OF" In My Own Voice ^ve^t^^eu Lesbians and Gays are without Due Process The possibility of the State of Hawaii legalizing same-sex marriages has caused quite a stir among religious radicals. They think that their institution of marriage is somehow threatened by two men or two women being able to marry one another. While many of us very much want this right and are watching hopefully for passage of the Hawaiian law, we are not very optimistic. By expanding the marriage contract between two consenting adults and the State to include same-sex couples is not only granting rights, but additionally conveys the responsibilities involved in such a partnership. Taxes, insurance coverage, rights of inheritance, and other financial responsibilities would be matters that would make their marriages advantageous to everyone. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered persons are denied certain rights of citizenship in Ihis country the same as convicted criminals. Criminals are allowed to marry another consenting adult (of the other gender), while they are incarcerated, even if both parties are in prison. While our sexual relations are considered criminal in some states, we do not hive lo be ftiund guilty in a court of law to be denied nur rights. We are without due process. If we are in fact criminals, then charge us with a crime. But do not deny us, other- wise. law abiding, tax paying citizens our constitutional rights based on the prejudice and discrimination sanctioned by and perpetuated by some people's so called "religious beliefs." The judgment of our morality by these close- minded homophobes is hugely offensive to the many people of faith in the L/G/B/T Community and to all of us who believe in separation of Church and State. The Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection founded by Gay Minister Rev. Troy Perry along with other denominations, recognize same-sex partnership with "Holy Unions" or "Commitment Ceremonies." These include branches of more mainstream churches, such as Unitarian Universalis!, Methodists. Lutheran. Episcopalian, & Presbyterian as well as some Jewish synagogues. The truth is that same-sex marriages already exist in terms of religious rituals, but none are recognized as legal in any of the United States. First cousins are not permitted to marry one another in some states, hut if first cousins marry in a state where it is legal, their marriage is recognized in all 50 states. Many states have already started proposing laws that would mean samesex marriages performed legally in any other state would not he recognized in that state. At least five to seven legal documents have to be drafted between same-sex domestic partners in order to establish protections that are granted automatically to male/female couples when they marry. Even then, we are not afforded the same privileges or protections granted in legal marriage. If the downfall of civilization being caused by homosexuality were the case, as some have charged, it would have happened a long time ago, as it has existed as long as humankind and is historically well documented. The love and commitment I have with my partner, equals if not surpasses any such partnership between a man and a woman. We get up in the morning, go to our jobs, spend time with our friends and families, are active in the community, grocery shop, do our housework, pay our bills. take care of each other if we are ill, etc.— just like other families. If anyone is frightened by such ordinary day to day life, then I am very sorry for them. Our sexuality is a private matter between the two of us and need nol concern them. In addition to the right to have our intimate relationships honored in legal marriages throughout this country, all sodomy laws should be repealed. Lesbians. Gays, Bisexuals and Transgendered individuals should be allowed to serve openly in service to their country in the military if that is their choosing. President Clinton needs to reassert his promise of eliminating the Military Ban instead of letting the ridiculous "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy continue. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered service members have and DO, serve (heir country with honor and dignity. The United States Government has no business legitimizing discrimination. No one is asking for special rights, we are only asking for protection from discrimination. We want the right to our homes, our jobs, our children, and our pursuit of happiness. Our very lives are at stake, as evidenced by the rise in hate-crimes against L/G/B/T in this country. That is the bottom-line of the so- called 'Homosexual Agenda." How can anyone so smart say something so dumb? Former Rhodes Scholar and President of the United States, Bill Clinton- quoted from newsconference in May 1996 'Well, first of all, as I understand it. what the bill does — let's make it clear. As I understand it, what the bill does is to state that marriage is an institution between a man and a woman, that, amoiij] other things, is used to bring children into the world, but the legal effect ol die bill—as I understand it, the only legal effect of the bill is to make it clear that states can deny recognition of gay marriages that occurred in other states. And if that's all it does, then I will sign il. Now, having said that, I do not favor discrimination against people because they're homosexual.' ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN THE HOUSTON VOICE
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