The Gayly Oklahoman (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 12, No. 11, Ed. 1 Wednesday, June 1, 1994 Page: 3 of 24
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June 1. 94 ▼ The GAYLY ▼ Page 3
GAyLy News BrIeFs
HOLY UNION DENIED
In Raleigh, South Carolina, an Episco-
pal priest backed down from blessing the
union of a lesbian couple because of a public
Both retiring Bishop Robert Estill and
his successor, Bishop-elect Robert Johnson
issued a “Godly Admonition" warning clergy
that such rites would violate ordination vows.
The Rev. Jim Lewis would have faced an
ecclesiastical court and the possibility of
being stripped of his priesthood if he had
performed the ceremony.
The couple will still exchange vows be-
fore a minister, but nut <ui Episcopal priest. ,
The Rev. Lewis said he felt like a hypocrite for j
abandoning the couple, but he did not expect
such a reaction from the Bishops.
When the National General Convention
of the Episcopal Church meets in August, it
will consider a resolution to create a liturgy
for blessing gay relationships.
AGREES TO SIGN PLEDGE
Sen. Bob Dole of Kansas has agreed to
sign a pledge that he would not discriminate
against gays and lesbians when it comes to
hiring congressional staffers. The Human
Rights Campaign Fund developed and dis-
tributed the pledge to all Congress members
after three Oklahoma legislators declared
they would not hire gay men or lesbians as
Nancy Kassebaum, the other Kansas
senator, has declined to sign the pledge be-
cause, "it is just a piece of paper with no
impact." Since she already does not discrimi-
nate, she said, she saw no reason to sign it.
According to the Campaign Fund, more
Congress members are signing the pledge,
but a complete list is not yet available.
IMAGE MAKEOVER URGED
Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts,
one of two openly gay Congress members,
said that members of the gay community
should stress mainstream themes if they
hope to win broad political support.
At a forum on gay civil rights at the
National Press Club, Frank said that while
self-expression was healthy, it did not neces-
sarily translate into an effective political
Frank said, in his opinion, "trying to win
votes while ignoring the impression you make
on people is silly. People should be encour-
aged to express themselves as they wish, but
the community must make a separate deci-
sion about the image they need to stress in
the fight for rights and acceptance."
VISITATION RIGHTS DENIED
In Carroll County, Maryland, Judge
Francis Arnold denied all visitation rights to
a school nurse. In his ruling, Judge Arnold
<4iiid he was afraid Robert Mehl would give his
three children the AIDS virus.
Although he claims he is not HIV-posi-
tive, Mehl was ordered to stop all visits and all
The Judge called Mehl’s homosexuality
“reprehensible" and said his ruling was based
on his concern that the children could be in
The ruling is being appealed.
COLORADO PTA DENIES
PROTECTION TO STUDENTS
The Colorado PTA voted against a reso-
lution that would have protected gay and
lesbian students from discrimination. The
resolution urged schools to help their stu-
dents by putting an end to harassment and
discrimination, and to make credible infor-
mation on homosexuality available. The reso-
lution was intended to help curb the high
suicide rate among gay and lesbian teenag-
Opponents of the resolution, however,
claimed passing the resolution would shift
the teaching of values from the parents to the
schools, and would encourage homosexual-
The resolution that was passed aims to
promote tolerance of all students without
including homosexuality issues in the cur-
TV SHOWS DROPPED
In Key West, Florida, two gay TV pro-
grams are dropped from the air because of
David Drueker, a Denver businessman
who owns a half dozen TV stations around
the country, cancelled Network Q, a national
gay and lesbian video magazine program,
and Open Closet, a three-month-old local
Drueker apparently raved in to pressure
from Dallas-based Trinity Broadcasting Net-
work, a conservative theocratic television
network. Trinity olticials reportedly threat-
ened to cancel several hours of air time it
purchases each day on TV stations owned by
Drueker unless he cancelled the programs.
WEYS manager David Solomon, who
objected to dropping the gay programming
because of the station’s large gay and lesbian
following, was fired.
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In a related story, two television stations
pulled the May 2 episode of Northern Exjpo-
s ure beca use 11 dep ic ted a gay wed ding. KNOE-
TV of Monroe, Louisiana, and WTVY-/TV of
Dothan, Alabama, were the ONLY CBS affili-
ates known to have preempted the series.
KNOE released a statement saying the
preemption was not prompted by advertiser
pressure or letter-writing campaigns. It said
the station provides programming in a way it
believes best serves the public. Instead of
Northern Elxposure, the station aired Success
Through Education: A Salute to Black Achieve-
For the past two seasons, the show has
featured companions Erick and Ron, who
operate a bed-and-breakfast in the Cicely,
Alaska setting. In the May 2 episode, the
couple married and danced, but did not kiss.
RALLY PROTESTS KILLER'S
Police estimated more than 200 people
attended a rally in Midland, Texas, to protest
the light sentence given a young man who
murdered a gay neighbor.
Tommy Music was fatally shot four times I
in the back of the head in April. The mur-
derer, 18-year-old Ramsey Harrell, was sen-
tenced to 12 years in prison.
Speakers at the rally called for better
laws, stifier punishments, higher bail bonds
and equality to minority victims.
The rally lasted about two hours and
ended peacefully. Police said they had re-
ceived anonymous calls about a counter-
protest, but no such opposition occurred.
CAMPUS ROTC BARRED
A New York judge barred military re-
cruiters from a state law school because the
armed forces discriminates against gay men
Manhattan Supreme Court Judge Diane
LebcdefT ruled that the military’s recruiting
policies violate Gov. Mario Cuomo’s executive
order prohibiting state agencies from dis-
criminating on the basis of sexual orienta-
This decision is not the first to ban
military recruiters from university campuses
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because of discriminatory practices, but it IS
the first to rely on an executive order, which
the Judge said carries the "force of the law" to
enforce a nondiscrimination policy against
The case and subsequent ruling is the
result of a complaint filed by an unidentified
law school student in 1990.
RUSH A DRAFT DODGER?
Although Rush Limbaugh routinely
bashes President Clinton for dodging the
draft during Vietnam, a Washington Post
article claims Rush did the same thing. Ac-
cording to Post reporter David Rernnick,
Limbaugh got a i-Y exemption during Viet-
nam for "having an ingrown hair on his
Rernnick also cites other notable people
who keep Limbaugh's company on this issue.
Among them: Dan Quayle, George Will, Newt
Gingrich, Sylvester Stallone, Pat Buchanan
and Ronald Reagan.
In Alton, New Hampshire, a man cleared
in a police sting operation said the police
owed an apology to the family of a man they
Attempting to curtail gay sexual activity
at a rest stop, police arrested seven men. One
ofthose men, 51 -year-old Arthur Richardson,
was cleared of all charges. Another man,
Paul Eastman, committed suicide when the
charges against him became public. Charges
against Eastman never reached court, but
police refuse to apologize.
The matter came full circle when an
Alton police officer, who took part in the sting,
was arrested for indecent exposure and sexual
assault of a 12-year-old boy. The officer, 54-
year-old Allen Ford, pleaded guilty and was
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