Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 32, Ed. 1 Friday, December 8, 1995 Page: 1 of 72
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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1995 * VOLUME XII, NUMBER 32
At 1st White House AIDS conference, Clinton stresses research
views on gays
HRC issues report on
By Tammye Nash
STAFF REPORTER OF DALLAS VOICE
Phil Granun, the U.S. Senator from
Texas who is vying for the Republican
presidential nomination, has been
designated by the Human Rights
Campaign as an "extremist" who has
gone out of his way to attack lesbians
The designation of Gramm, along
with Republican presidential hopefuls
Patrick Buchanan and U.S. Rep.
Robert Dorn an (R-Calif.), as extrem-
es. Sen. Phil
ists came in a
HRC report prob-
ing where candi-
dates stand on
lesbian and gay
issues. The report
positions and —
of 11 candidates,
— voting records
including President Bill Clinton and
possible candidate Ross Perot.
"It is important for voters to begin
thinking about where the candidates
stand on issues of fairness for lesbian
and gay Americans," said HRC execu-
tive director Elizabeth Birch, explain-
ing the purpose of the report. "The
American people need to know who
has worked to ensure that gay people
are treated fairly, and who has made it
their mission to single us out for spe-
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Groups established to make recommendations in 90
days on speeding research for vaccine, treatments
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
WASHINGTON — President
Clinton told AIDS activists Wednesday
he will fight to protect AIDS funding
from budget cuts, saying that taking
money away could jeopardize the lives
of those with the disease.
During the first White House
Conference on HIV and AIDS, Clinton
said he would oppose any effort by
Congress to undermine funds for AIDS
research or to reduce Medicaid pro-
grams for the sake of balancing the
budget. Nearly half of all 190,000 AIDS
sufferers and 90 percent of children
with AIDS are covered by Medicaid.
"For people with AIDS, the current
debate over how to balance the federal
budget is far more than a question of
political rhetoric. It is a matter of sur-
vival," Clinton said.
"Medicaid is the lifeline. If this
Medicaid budget goes through, it is a
stake in the heart of our effort to guar-
antee dignity to the people with AIDS
in this country."
AIDS funding is crucial, Clinton
said, noting that the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention reports that
some 500,000 AIDS cases have been
diagnosed and more than 300,000 peo-
ple have died of the disease.
Clinton highlighted the fact that his
administration has accelerated the drug
approval process to make new medi-
cines available within six months, faster
than any European nation.
He also pledged to press for addi-
tional funding of the Ryan White CARE
Act, which distributes money to local
governments for care for those with
HIV and AIDS. And he instructed Vice
President A1 Gore to meet with scien-
tists and pharmaceutical officials to dis-
cuss developing an AIDS vaccine.
"A cure and a vaccine. That must be
our first and top priority," Clinton said.
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Government seeks to limit ruling on ban
Lawyers argue judge’s decision overly broad in case
involving Cammermeyer’s status in Army reserves
Col. Margarethe Cammermeyer
By Amy Corneliussen
SEATTLE —A judge's ruling that the
old U.S. military policy on homosexual-
ity was unconstitutional should be
upheld to prevent reinstatement of that
policy or enactment of a newone, a
lawyer for Col. Margarethe Cammer-
meyer told an appellate court panel.
The federal government on Monday
asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of
Appeals panel to vacate the ruling so it
won't affect future decisions on the cur-
rent "Don’t ask, don't tell" policy.
"Forgive me if I am not moved ....
Telling me something might happen
doesn't move me," 9th Circuit Judge
Alex Kozinski said.
He asked Justice Department lawyer
Anthony Steinmeyer why the govern-
ment was pursuing a case involving a
defunct policy and a court ruling that
other judges are not required to follow.
"We don't think this case is moot,"
Steinmeyer said, adding that
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