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Anti-gay flier prompts Dallas City
Council to review speaker rules
An anti-gay flier distributed at a Dallas City
Council meeting this week prompted officials to re-
view guidelines for public speakers. Rich Sheridan
distributed the flier attacking three gay City Council
candidates during the council’s meeting on
Wednesday, May 15.
Sheridan, who finished fourth and last in the
District 13 race, also gay-baited candidate Leland
Burk during the campaign. And a similar flier was
found in a newspaper box in Preston Hollow on
Election Day. The latest flier, shown above, is a dis-
tortion of Dallas Voice’s April 26 cover showing the
three gay council candidates this year, with X’s
through their faces and 6's on their foreheads.
“God’s voice was heard in Dallas Saturday. No
openly gay LGBT City Councilmemberi!” the flier
states, referring to the fact that all three gay candi-
dates lost their races.
Sheridan, who received just 28 votes out of
10,350 that were cast, also left a threatening, pro-
fanity-laced voicemail for a People Newspapers re-
porter, attacking him for failing to mention in his
coverage that Burk is gay. But it was his actions at
City Hall on Wednesday that got the attention of
officials. Sheridan was distributing copies of the flier
to the audience during the City Council meeting
when he gave one to gay former Councilman Craig
Holcomb, who later stood up to address the coun-
“If I were quiet that would be wrong,” Holcomb
said. “It allows that kind of thought to flourish. It al-
lows the person to think that is acceptable
thought, and it is not acceptable.”
In response to Sheridan’s flier and Holcomb’s
comments, Councilman Dwaine Caraway asked
Mayor Mike Rawlings to change the rules so that
speakers can address the council only once a
month, to limit the amount of hatred that can be
spewed by people like Sheridan. Councilwoman
Angela Hunt seconded Caraway’s suggestion.
— John Wright
Texas House passes anti-gay
amendment from Rep. Krause
The Texas House passed an amendment
Wednesday afternoon that would allow student
clubs at universities to discriminate against people
The motion passed 78-67 after a motion to
table it failed.
Fort Worth Republican Rep. Matt Krause’s
amendment mandates that the Texas Higher Edu-
cation Coordinating Board work with institutions to
“ensure that each institution does not implement a
policy or otherwise engage in a practice that re-
quires a student organization” to accept members
who “demonstrate opposition to the organization’s
stated beliefs and purposesf
Krause tacked it onto SB 215 and argued the
amendment was about “protecting free speech” in
deciding who can join a club. Others said it wasn’t
appropriate to decide for universities how organi-
zations on campuses should be handled and
called it discriminatory.
Krause originally filed the amendment as HB
360, which didn’t make it before the House floor
for a vote. That bill originally stated clubs could dis-
criminate based on race, gender and sexual orien-
tation. A compromise bill later passed out of
committee preventing clubs from having to abide
by universities’ nondiscrimination polices.
According to Equality Texas, if enacted,
Krause’s amendment “would allow officially-recog-
nized student organizations who receive taxpayer
funded support from a university to discriminate
against a potential member based on race, reli-
gion, veteran status, HIV/AIDS status, gender, dis-
ability, sexual orientation and gender identity or
expression if any attribute of the student ‘demon-
strates opposition to the organization’s stated be-
liefs and purposes.’”
State Rep. Harold Dutton Jr., D-Houston, said
during the debate that the amendment is discrimi-
natory and takes away freedom from students to
join whatever club they wanted to.
“You don’t lose your freedom a mile at a time.
You lose it an inch at a time,” Dutton said. “This is
another attempt to take away some of the free-
doms we have.”
Daniel Williams, field organizer for Equality
Texas, said the amendment “barely squeezed
through” and had bipartisan opposition. He said
the amendment can still be dropped from the leg-
islation as a committee creates a compromise bill
that combines the Senate and House version. That
bill then goes to another vote.
“There are still many steps left in the process
and we will continue to work with our allies in the
House and Senate,” he said. “I am very hopeful
that this amendment will not become law.”
— Anna Waugh
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