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Title Houston Voice, No. 817, June 21, 1996
Contributor
  • Bell, Deborah Moncrief
Publisher Window Media
Date June 21, 1996
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Title File 008
Transcript HOUSTON VOICE / JUNE 21. 1996 7 Gay Groups case goes to Supreme Court GOP Emergency Appeal By CURT MORRISON In a resounding victory for our community, a Travis County District Judge last week ordered the GOP to grant the gay and lesbian group. Log Cabin Republicans a booth ai the state convention and a full-page adveriise- ment in ihe convention program. State district Judge John K. Deitz ruled that the parly had violated ihe group's right to free speech under the Texas constitution. In his ruling Dietz cited broad constitutional principles as a determining factor in his decision. Dietz ruled thai GOP officials cannot use "unfettered discretion" as a means io restrain freedom of speech. As expected, ihe GOP asked the state Supreme Court for an emergency appeal in an attempt to reverse the lower court ruling. The GOP eniered a Writ of Mandamus, an extremely rare and extraordinary course of legal action. It is highly unusual for any Supreme Court to gram such an appeal. Be that as it may, the Texas Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal. The hearing took place Wednesday June 19 at 10:00 a.m. At press lime, a decision had not been reached. "It is disappoiniing that party officials have expended precious resources and time to keep a Republican group from having a six foot booth in the Alamo dome, rather lhan righting to eleci Republicans and to defeat Democrats," said Log Cabin State President Dale Carpenter. "I jusi can't understand why party officials are afraid of a full and fair debate on an important public issue like gay and lesbian civil rights. They're treating this booth like it is a threat 10 western civilization, or an attack by the Barbarians on Rome." In addition. Carpenter rejected speculation from state GOP officials that Judge Dietz's decision would open political conventions to extremist groups. "The party's parade of horribles is an attempt to divert attention from the facts. Party officials were caught red-handed in an act of discrimination," retorted Carpenter. Carpenter hailed Dietz's decision as a victory for all concerned, "This is not a victory just for Log Cabin, It is a victory for gays and lesbians and their right to participate in the political process, it is a victory for ihe principles of free speech and equality and the right to contract," he remarked at a crowded press conference in Austin. Log Cabin has received tremendous support from mainstream Republicans throughout this ordeal. "In contrast to the intolerance and narrow mindedness of party officials, we have received tremendous support from mainstream Republicans across the state." said Carpenter, The Houston Chronicle reported this week that Texas Gov. George Bush, a Republican, said internal party fights over abortion and opposing gay rights should not be taken as signs that the party is intolerant. "The vast majority of Republicans in the state of Texas are tolerant people and good people," said Bush. The Supreme Court ruling aside, the group is looking towards the future. "This is not an end to our struggle, it is just the beginning," said Carpenter. "We will continue to work in our precincts, in our counties, in our senate districts, and in every state in this coun- President of Log Cabin Republicans— Date Carpenter try, to convince the party that it should adhere to its fundamental principles of limited government and individual freedom." Not All Battles are Fought with A Sword. October 11-13, 1996 AIDS Memorial Quilt Display Washington DC NAMES Project: 415-882-5500 Travd Into: 800-926-2631 NEW LEATHERS AND STYLES! Herds of new leathers and styles. Geneva 5-Seat Edinburgh Leather Leather Sectional Chair 6~ Ottoman S1998 S1199 Frescoleather Sofa Diablo feather Sofa Concord 6-Seat Chaise Leather Sectional S1499 SiS99 $4549 Leather Leather has brand new styles and new leathers. Choose from our quality leather sofas, sectionals, sleepers, recliners, choirs and ottomans now available in even more styles, leathers, and colors than you could ever imagine. So head'on out to Leather Leather today and see all the new styles and leathers we have in store. LEATHER LEATHER Dallas • Houslon 7519 Westheimer, Houston, Texas 77063 713 977-9393 Open Monday Friday 10 8 Saturday 10 6 Sunday 12-6
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