Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 19, No. 7, Ed. 1 Friday, June 14, 2002 Page: 1 of 69
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Senate scuttles hate crimes bill
GOP senators stall measure, but
maneuver makes bill eligible for
reconsideration; Log Cabin blames
'failed strategy' of Democrats
By Dennis Vercher
Dallas Voice Staff
Senate Democratic leaders pulled a hate
crimes bill from consideration Tuesday after
failing to get enough support to bring the mea-
sure to a vote.
The Senate voted 54-43, mostly along party
lines, to allow debate to continue on the legis-
lation, which would have expanded the exist-
ing federal hate crimes law to cover gender,
sexual orientation and disabilities. The bill is
sponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.,
and Republican Sens. Gordon Smith of Oregon
and Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania.
"Today's vote is a clear sign of the lack of
See SENATE on PAGE 20
Sen. Edward Kennedy pauses during a Capitol Hill news conference
on Tuesday, where he talked about hate crime legislation blocked by
Senate Republicans. The measure would have expanded the current
law to cover crimes motivated by hatred based on sex, sexual ori-
entation or disabilities. Kennedy is flanked by Sens. Ron Wyden, left,
and Patrick Leahy.
Bishops confront clergy sex-abuse crisis
Dignily/USA leaders, others, call on prelates to avoid
blaming gay priests for scandal enveloping U.S. church
By Don Maines
Dallas Voice Staff
Gay Catholics basked in the spotlight of the
national media this week as the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in
Dallas gave voice to their concerns.
The stated purpose of the bishops' meeting,
which ends Friday, is to draft a policy on the
Charter For The Protection Of Children And
Young People. But the church's position on
homosexuality rose to the fore after some
church leaders tried to shift the blame of sexu-
al abuse of minors by priests from themselves
to gays in the priesthood.
For example, Bishop Wilton Gregory, head
of the bishops' group, has publicly commented
on the "ongoing struggle" against allowing the
priesthood to be "dominated by homosexual
Gay activists have come to the defense of
gay priests and their
in the history of the
words, the bishops
priests, further demonizing gay Catholics,"
announced Dignity /USA president Mary
Louise Cervone, in Dallas for the bishops' con-
"How dare they place self-preservation
before the preservation of the gospel message
of Jesus?" she said.
Cervone also called on every bishop and
cardinal who knowingly harbored a child
abuser to resign.
The Dallas Morning News on Wednesday
reported that at least 111 of 178 bishops,
including eight cardinals, have protected
accused priests or other church figures, such as
brothers in religious orders, candidates for the
priesthood, teachers and youth-group work-
A representative of the bishops called the
story a "smear campaign" and said staffers are
preparing a written list detailing inaccuracies
in the newspaper's report. Stuart Wilk, the
Morning News managing editor, said the report
was based on "three months of meticulous
The conference drew attention to the issues
of about two dozen groups, including the
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests
(SNAP), but many of the protesters outside the
Fairmont Hotel, where the bishops are meet-
ing, echoed the concerns of gay Catholics.
"The publicity is not what we're doing it
for," explained Russell Windle, Dallas conven-
er for the Rainbow Sash Movement. "It's a
sideline of it, and sometimes it feels like we're
the freak show. You know, 'Look at the queers,
look at the queers!'
"But it definitely gives us a voice we didn't
have before, so this is important to the cause,"
See CONFERENCE on Page 25
Margaret Cho's raunchy
stand-up show, The
Notorious CH.O., kicks
off the 2002 edition of
QCinema, Fort Worth's «
gay ond lesbion film
Ellen DeGeneres returns
to Dallas to do what she
loves the most
stand on stage, off
her quirky observations
and crack everyone up.
Circuit follows the life
of a small-town cop
who moves to West
Hollywood and quickly
falls into the fast-
gay party circuit.
A&E bunches Married
in America, a decade-
series featuring o
lesbian couple who tied
the knot in Vermont
and are attempting to
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