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The Community Newspaper for Gay and Lesbian Dallas
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1996
VOLUME XII, NUMBER 42
accused of kowtowing
to moral extremists
By Dennis Vercher
More than 1,000 social conserva-
tives launched an assault on gay
rights last Saturday on the eve of
Iowa's pivotal caucus voting,
demanding GOP presidential candi-
dates oppose same-gender mar-
"Tonight we begin to raise our
voices and we raise them with the
might of our numbers," said Bill
Horn, a conservative and anti-gay
Log Cabin Republicans, a federa-
tion of gay Republican clubs,
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Log Cabin rates GOP members of Congress
Other gay political groups praise effort but dispute
rankings; Log Cabin defends rating criteria, results
By Tammye Nash
STAFF REPORTER OF DALLAS VOICE
A report released by the national
office of Log Cabin Republicans indi-
cates that votes on lesbian and gay
issues in the 104th Congress are more
likely to be divided along demographic
lines instead of along party lines,
according to a Log Cabin spokesperson.
"A lot of gay activists will tell you
that a Congress member's stance on
gay and lesbian issues depends mostly
on their party affiliation," said David
Greer, spokesperson for Log Cabin.
"But what we found out is that the most
important determining factor is demo-
graphics. A Democrat from the South
will most likely be worse on our issues
than a Republican from the Northeast."
The report showed "We have
Republicans in Congress who are lead-
ers and friends on our issues, and we
have some who are very hostile and
antagonistic," Greer said. "Actually, the
Republican Party more exactly mirrors
the country's feelings on gay and les-
bian issues: there are some people who
are totally against gay and lesbian
rights, and some who are all for it."
Other gay political groups praised
the Log Cabin effort, but disputed indi-
vidual ratings which placed, for exam-
ple, House Speaker Newt Gingrich as
"tolerant" on gay issues.
In Log Cabin's assessment, deciding
factors in the Senate ratings were a
Congress member's vote on anti-gay
amendments to the Ryan White CARE
Act reauthorization. In the House, votes
on the Hostettler Amendment to the
D.C. appropriations bill — an amend-
ment to repeal the Washington, D.C.
domestic partners ordnance — carried
the heaviest weight, Greer explained.
Congress members also gained or
lost points based on whether they had
instituted non-discrimination policies
including sexual orientation in their
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, rated by Log
Cabin as “non-supportive” on gay
issues, dropped out ot the presidential
race after finishing fifth in Iowa caucus-
es, but still faces re-election to his sen-
atorial seat in November.
individual offices, whether or not they
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Rev. NaDine Rawls of UJIMA is one of several local African
American leaders hosting this weekend’s conference.
Black leadership forum holds
annual convention in Dallas
Nation’s civil rights chief to address
group; event continues through Sunday
By Dennis Vercher
The assistant Attorney General for civil rights heads a star-
studded list of government and cultural leaders slated to
appear at this weekend's ninth annual National Black Gay
and Lesbian Leadership Forum conference, being held at the
Harvey Hotel-Brookhollow through Sunday.
The conference, the first such event to be held in Texas, is
sponsored by a coalition of local African American groups
under the theme, "Black Gays and Lesbians: Continuing Our
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Vercher, Dennis. Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 42, Ed. 1 Friday, February 16, 1996, newspaper, February 16, 1996; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616333/m1/1/?q=RIO%20VISTA: accessed August 19, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.