Log Cabin can stop its equivocating and hesitating. The views of Harriet Miers on gay issues are starting to come out, and they should give the GLBT community no reason for pause whatsoever. Especially the views of someone running for office in Texas 16 years ago. (Robbie touched on this last night.)
In 1989, while running for Dallas City Council, Miers filled out a questionnaire from the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas, which I have reprinted:
1. Do you believe that gay men and lesbians should have the same civil rights as non-gay men and women?
2a. Do you, as an individual citizen, support repeal of Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code which criminalizes the private sexual behavior of consenting adult lesbians and gay men?
2b. Do you support the inclusion of the repeal of Section 21.06 of the Texas Penal Code as a part of the City of Dallas's legislative agenda?
3a. Do you believe that the City of Dallas has a responsibility to fund AIDS education and patient support services?
3b. Would you support increasing the level of city funding for the above services (currently $550,000 per year)?
Yes, assuming need and resources. I do consider the AIDS illness as a serious and total community problem. [emphasis hers]
4a. Do you support a city ordinance that prohibits discrimination in housing and public accommodations based on AIDS/HIV status?
I prefer a legislative solution to the issues raised by these questions a and b. I do not have all the facts on the significance of these ordinances; however, I am willing to discuss the need and make an appropriate decision when fully advised.
4b. Would you support passage of a city ordinance prohibiting discrimination in employment based on race, religion, age, sex, national origin, AIDS/HIV status, or handicapped condition? (Currently, Dallas has no city ordinance dealing with employment discrimination.)
5. Do you believe that qualified gays or lesbians should be denied employment (including employment by the police or fire departments) by the City of Dallas solely because of sexual orientation?
I believe that employers should be able to pick the best qualified person for any position to be filled considering all relevant factors.
The pinkist ideologues will have a hey-day with answer 2, but the fact is that in 1989, the ink was barely dry on Bowers v Hardwick. It would have been nice for a local Texas official to strike out against the unequivocal (and mean-spirited) Supreme Court ruling of just three years prior, but it also would not have been very realistic.
Over to you, HRC, NGLTF, et al. That is, if you are still gay-rights organizations and not fronts for abortion rights.