17th January, 2002 (# 2) News Clippings Digest
- 17th January, 2002 (# 2) News Clippings Digest
1. SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE S.F. reaction to anti-gay ads ruled OK ;
Resolutions decried hate crimes, court says
2. WSVN TV (Miami/Ft. Lauderdale) Teacher exposed in the gay sex
3. TORONTO STAR The RCMP says a gay man who was beaten up after
holding hands with his boyfriend was not the victim of a gay-bashing.
4. INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN Measure banning gay emphasis in
5. ORLANDO SENTINEL Legal protection for gays could spark bitter
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE, January 17, 2002
901 Mission St., San Francisco, CA, 94103
(Fax: 415-896-1107 ) (E-Mail: chronletters@... )
( http://www.sfgate.com )
S.F. reaction to anti-gay ads ruled OK
Resolutions decried hate crimes, court says
Bob Egelko, Chronicle Staff Writer begelko@...
San Francisco -- San Francisco supervisors did not violate
religion when they denounced a conservative religious group's 1998
advertising campaign declaring that homosexuality was sinful and that
homosexuals could change, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday.
In a 2-to-1 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals in San
the main purpose and effect of the supervisors' actions was to promote
equality and condemn hate crimes, not to attack or inhibit religious
A full-page ad in The Chronicle, sponsored by the American
Association, declared that Christians love homosexuals but that the
practice was sinful and associated with disease and destructive
The organization said it offered "healing for homosexuals, not
In response, the Board of Supervisors passed two resolutions
such advertising "validates oppression of gays and lesbians" and
climate that may encourage violence. One resolution called on
right" to take accountability for the effect of its rhetoric. Another
local television stations not to run similar ads.
Upholding a ruling by U.S. District Judge Saundra Brown
that dismissed the lawsuit against the city, the appeals court said
resolutions "may appear to contain attacks on (the organization's)
views" but had a chiefly secular message: "encouraging equal rights
and discouraging hate crimes." The opinion by Judge Michael Hawkins
said the supervisors did not threaten any official action against the
Judge John Noonan dissented and said the suit should be
By linking the ads to anti-gay violence, the supervisors "officially
stigmatized a religious belief," as if a city council today blamed
the attack on the World Trade Center, he said.
Brian Fahling, a lawyer for the American Family Association in
Tupelo, Miss., said the group would request a rehearing.
"This is the clearest case of hostility by government toward
that I've ever seen," he said.
WSVN TV (Miami/Ft Lauderdale), January 17, 2002
Teacher exposed in the gay sex club scandal
Police exposing what they say is some outrageous behavior at a
Investigators uncovering an alleged sex club inside "Chaps
along Andrews Avenue.
Undercover detectives say they witnessed and videotaped all
lewd sex acts inside.
"There would be anything from oral sex, anal sex, mutual
any conceivable combination," says the undercover detective.
After two weeks of surveillance -- police raided the club
arresting bar owner Steve Holt, two bartenders and eight patrons.
Among them, a teacher from Ramblewood Middle School in Broward.
All of the men have been released on bond.
Mark Raskind has been a teacher for 15 years, he is also on the
Today, student's and parents speak out against Raskind.
Jacqueline Estrada, one of his former students, saying, "I
want him to be my teacher anymore."
Raskind has a wife-who also teaches at Ramblewood-and two
He remains part of the school system, but has been moved away
having any contact with children pending a further investigation.
"Chaps Lounge" could lose its liquor license.
TORONTO STAR, January 17, 2002
Toronto, Ontario Canada
(E-Mail: lettertoed@... ) ( http://www.thestar.com/ )
RCMP refuses to press N.B. gay bashing charge
MONCTON, N.B. (CP) - The RCMP says a gay man who was beaten up
holding hands with his boyfriend was not the victim of a gay-bashing.
The Mounties, acting on a recommendation from the Crown, said
that no charges will be laid against a 21-year-old man.
Lindsay Parent, 42, was taken to hospital after a scuffle with
man outside a Moncton shopping mall last September.
Parent said the incident started because he was holding hands
his partner while they waited for a bus.
In an interview shortly after the incident, Parent said a
urged her boyfriend to beat them up.
"They said to us, `That's disgusting, there are children
"She told him to go ahead and make trouble. They started
names. They called me a fat faggot."
Parent said the man punched him three times before he fell
and struck his head on the sidewalk.
Parent has epilepsy and had two seizures. An ambulance rushed
hospital, where he received stitches.
The Crown, after reviewing the case for months, has decided
isn't enough evidence to warrant a charge.
Parent wasn't immediately available for comment today.
INLAND VALLEY DAILY BULLETIN, January 17, 2001
2041 East 4th St., Ontario, CA, 91764
(Fax: 909-948-9038 ) (E-Mail: letters@... )
( http://www.dailybulletin.com/ )
Measure banning gay emphasis in schools denied
By CHRIS RIZO, CORRESPONDENT csrizo@...
SACRAMENTO -- Legislation that would have banned public school
teachers from ''promoting homosexuality'' was killed Wednesday by the
Assembly Education Committee.
Assembly Bill 1326, authored by Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy,
R-Arcadia, came under intense fire from civil rights organizations who
vilified the proposal.
The California Alliance for Pride and Equality, a statewide gay
rights lobby, called the bill ''cruel and unnecessary.''
The group's lobbyist, Eric Astacaan, said he anticipated the
Democrat-led committee would reject Mountjoy's bid to ''fan the
hatred against gay and lesbian people.''
Among the bill's other opponents were the American Civil
Union, California Teachers Association and the Pasadena Chapter of
Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
Mountjoy told lawmakers that he was not trying to alienate gay
students, just restore academic primacy.
AB 1326 would have added one sentence to the state Education
''The promotion of homosexuality in public education is prohibited.''
Assemblywoman Carol Liu, D-La Canada Flintridge, voted against
''The bill tries to solve a problem that doesn't even exist,''
Supporters say without the law, schools will continue to use
guise of diversity education as a means to promote a ''dangerous
Andrea Franklin, spokeswoman for Campaign for California
said classrooms are no place for discussions about sexual orientation.
''We oppose discrimination against any person,'' she
teachers don't need to promote homosexuality in order to protect gay
Van-Martin Rowe, 53, of Pasadena said teachers have a duty to
students about gays and lesbians.
''Gay and lesbians are seen as this monster in the closet,''
''Teachers can take that shame away.''
ORLANDO SENTINEL, January 17, 2001
633 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, FL, 32801
(Fax: 407-420-5286 ) (E-Mail: insight@... )
( http://www.orlandosentinel.com )
Legal protection for gays could spark bitter debate
By Mark Schlueb | Sentinel Staff Writer mschlueb@...
One of the most controversial and bitter issues to grip
communities in recent years is coming to Orlando: the debate over
ban discrimination against gays.
A group of gay-rights activists known as the Orlando
Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee has pushed the proposal,
add "sexual orientation" to the list of classes protected under city
ordinance. Those now include race, color, age, disability, religion
City leaders have agreed to call public hearings on the
If ultimately approved, the legislation would prohibit private
employers within city limits from turning away gay job applicants or
promotions or raises because of sexual orientation.
It would also prevent property owners from refusing to rent or
to gay tenants, and keep restaurants and other businesses that are
the public from denying service to gays.
"Being gay is a difference that can be hidden, but that
it should be hidden," said City Council member Patty Sheehan,
first openly gay politician. "If you feel like you have to hide your
personal life at work, you're not going to be a good employee."
Neither federal nor state law extend protection from
to gays. Across the country, many cities and counties have adopted
ordinances, but some states have countered with laws prohibiting gay-
Cities adopt protection
In Florida, Gainesville, Key West, Miami Beach and several
cities have adopted at least some form of protection based on sexual
orientation; no communities in the Orlando area have such an
Martha Chapman, a Central Florida employment-discrimination
said Orlando needs to follow suit.
"I get calls all the time, but there is no protection for
not only gays but straight people who are mistaken for gay," said
member of the group lobbying to change Orlando's ordinance.
The city's Human Relations Commission, a volunteer advisory
will meet today to set a schedule for public hearings. The final
rests with the City Council.
Members of the Orlando Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Committee
been hesitant to speak publicly about the proposal, fearing the
battles that have struck other communities over the same issue.
worry it will spawn an ugly fight reminiscent of the one over gay-
flags four years ago.
In 1998, employees of Watermark magazine, which is targeted to
and lesbians, paid $15,000 to fly rainbow-colored flags downtown to
celebrate National Gay Pride Month. At the time, city policy allowed
organization to fly flags from city light poles, as long as they paid
the banners and for city workers to hang them.
The seemingly innocuous display -- the flags bore no written
message -- put Orlando at the center of national debate over gay
Conservative televangelist Pat Robertson told viewers of his 700 Club
broadcast that Orlando leaders were putting the city in the cross
God's wrath by allowing the flags to fly.
"I would warn Orlando that you're right in the way of some
hurricanes, and I don't think I'd be waving those flags in God's face
were you," Robertson said at the time. "This is not a message of
is a message of redemption. But a condition like this will bring
destruction of your nation. It'll bring about terrorist bombs; it'll
earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor."
One resident was arrested for ripping down dozens of the flags
tossing them in Lake Lucerne.
By contrast, another gay-rights initiative passed without a
A few months after she took office, Sheehan pushed to
orientation" to the anti-discrimination policy that affects city
That proposal was suggested by some of the same people lobbying for
The council made the change without comment or public hearing;
residents complained later that city officials sneaked the item
without adequate public notice.
But the new proposal to change Orlando's human-rights law
much more far-reaching.
Instead of affecting only city employees, the law would cover
business in the city. Religious organizations and private clubs would
exempted.City leaders are probably right to expect opposition.
the country, legal protections for gays have typically been earned
after long fights.
Miami enacted gay-rights legislation in the mid-1970s but
under a charge led by former beauty queen and Florida orange juice TV
pitchwoman Anita Bryant and televangelist Jerry Falwell. The
drew national attention.
Miami-Dade to repeat fight
Miami-Dade officials put those protections back in place in
South Florida voters are now poised for a repeat of the battle a
ago: Religious groups, with help from the Christian Coalition, have
enough signatures to force a vote on whether to repeal the measure
Two weeks ago, city leaders in St. Petersburg approved their
sexual-orientation law. Many in the gay community, however, aren't
because protection was not extended to the transgendered -- those who
to appear as the opposite sex or have undergone surgery to do so.
Perhaps nowhere has the debate been longer or angrier than in
Louisville, Ky., said Eric Ferrero of the ACLU's Lesbian and Gay
Project in New York. Gay-rights activists in Louisville tried to
city leaders to adopt anti-discrimination protections for gays for
years before it won approval in 1999.
"People are struggling with this right now," Ferrero
said, "town by
town, county by county, state by state."
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