District C City Council candidate Peter
Elloway, a Libertarian, says the Gay
Political Caucus should change its views
on discrimination outside of
GPC President Lee Harrrington said
he respected Elloway, but "it's just not
how things really are."
Said Elloway, in a letter to the MONTROSE VOICE, "One GPC (election
screening committee) question asks if the
candidate supports amending the City
Charter to ban the city government from
discriminating against certain groups of
people on account of physical or psychological being." '
"As a supporter of individual liberty, I
would certainly support this measure; I
believe all persons are equal before God
and should be before the law."
"The question continues to ask
whether this ban should also be applied
to the private sector. Liberal Democrats
tend to say yes, being in favor of increasing government control over one's personal affairs, and of increasing the
power of politicians over the people."
"Libertarians would say no, that one
has the right to whatever personal opinions one has, whether they are bigoted,
intolerant, and stupid, or not. Libertarians believe that gays have the same
right to not associate with straights, if
they so desire, as straights have to not
associate with gays."
"History proves that one cannot force
one's own concept of morality on any
other person," Elloway wrote.
"The GPC should alter its position on
that issue and support individual human
liberty," he concluded.
Harrington responded, "The meaning
of freedom in this country is that you
don't allow the denial of basic human
rights, regardless. Mr. Elloway's view is
a myoptic vision of how things ought to
be as opposed to how they really are."
Elloway said this view of his was the
reason he did not score as high with the
screening committee as did candidates
George Greanias and Joe Pentony. Greanias, a Rice University professor, was
recommended by the committee and
endorsed by the full GPC body.
SALT LAKE CITY—White supremist
Joseph Paul Franklin, who once hurled
homophobic epithets at his prosecutor,
was convicted Sept. 19 of the 1980 sniper
murders of two black joggers.
An all-white jury was being asked to
send Franklin before a firing squad.
The complex trial, with 75 witnesses
and 200 exhibits, lasted three weeks, but
the jury took only five hours to decide
Franklin, 31, while admitting to racist
feelings, steadfastly claimed he was
framed by state and federal law enforcement officials.
Last March, Franklin was given two
life-in-prison sentences after he was
found guilty of violating the rights of two
young blacks who were shot to death in
August 1980 as they jogged out of a city
park with two white teen-age girls.
Franklin had earlier filed a lawsuit
against the Salt Lake County sheriff
claiming the sheriff violated his civil
rights by locking him in a cellblock with
"sexual deviates" and informants, and
photocopying his mail.
10 Montrose Voice / September 25,1981
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