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Old 02-22-2005, 04:10 PM   #31
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Date: Feb 17, 2005 - 09:09 AM
By ALLISON FARRELL
Lee State Bureau

HELENA - Gay rights advocates jumped for joy outside the Senate Wednesday after the body endorsed a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Senate Bill 199, sponsored by Sen. Ken Toole, D-Helena, was approved by the Senate on a preliminary 27-23 vote, mostly along party lines. If the bill clears its final vote, it will face a tougher battle in the House, where the party split is 50-50.

The bill seeks to add sexual orientation as a protected class under the Montana Human Rights Act. The act prohibits discrimination based on race, national origin, religion, gender, familial status, disabilities, creed, marital status and age.

"I think this is about equality," said Sen. Jesse Laslovich, D-Anaconda, during the debate. "I think it's appropriate and incumbent on this body to say to the citizens of Montana that everyone is equal and no one is inferior."

Karl Olson, executive director of the gay rights group Montana PRIDE, said the Senate vote marks the first time a gay rights bill has passed one of the chambers in the Legislature.

"We're totally excited," Olson said. "I'm going to go home and give my partner a kiss."

Others were dismayed.

"I think it's a sad day for Montana," said the Rev. Harris Himes, president of the Montana Family Coalition and pastor of the Big Sky Christian Center in Hamilton. "I think it's a sad day for churches."

Sen. Dan McGee, R-Laurel, said the definition of "sexual orientation" in the bill is too broad, and thinks that the anti-discrimination law would protect pedophiles and sexual predators.

"Are we going to have to hire a sexual predator as a counselor?" McGee asked. "Are we going to license a pedophile so they can be a day-care worker?"

An amendment to the bill limits "sexual orientation" to heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual. Toole said pedophiles and other criminals would not be protected under the law.

Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, said he voted against the bill because it could potentially bring gays into contact with young people at an impressionable time in their lives. He suggested that a gay authority figure, such as a Boy Scout leader or a schoolteacher, could turn some teens gay.

"I think going with the majority is probably going to be the best for most people," Shockley said.

Toole said the bill is about fairness.

"We know there's prejudice in society," Toole said. "Do we want to extend these protections or not? To me, the answer is yes."

All Republican senators except Sen. John Cobb, R-Augusta, voted against the measure while all Democratic senators except Sen. Gerald Pease, D-Lodge Grass, voted for the bill.
Sen. Dan McGee, R-Laurel, said the definition of "sexual orientation" in the bill is too broad, and thinks that the anti-discrimination law would protect pedophiles and sexual predators.

"Are we going to have to hire a sexual predator as a counselor?" McGee asked. "Are we going to license a pedophile so they can be a day-care worker?"

An amendment to the bill limits "sexual orientation" to heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual. Toole said pedophiles and other criminals would not be protected under the law.

Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, said he voted against the bill because it could potentially bring gays into contact with young people at an impressionable time in their lives. He suggested that a gay authority figure, such as a schoolteacher, could turn some teens gay.
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Don't give up.

I know you care about human rights.

I am sick that the Republican party gets so much milage out of this.



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And people wonder why I bash so many Republicans....


It's just SO DAMNED EASY!!!!
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Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, said he voted against the bill because it could potentially bring gays into contact with young people at an impressionable time in their lives. He suggested that a gay authority figure, such as a schoolteacher, could turn some teens gay.

my, sounds like *someone* is very insecure about his heterosexuality, he trembles everytime he passes a homosexual wondering if the homosexual sneezes, might he catch a case of the queers? did his daddy not play catch with him? show him how to build a treehouse? shoot a gun? did mommy spend just a little too much time hoping he would play the piano? act in the school play?

yes, it's a child like this we need to look out for. a healthy, happy homosexual teacher who is a positive influence in his life might just tip that precarious balance between sturdy, red-blooded American hetereosexualhood and lispy, effeminate homosexualdom.



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"Are we going to have to hire a sexual predator as a counselor?" McGee asked. "Are we going to license a pedophile so they can be a day-care worker?"
How cute...equating homosexuality with pedophilia and sexual predatation.... Amazing how they conviently seem to ignore the fact that there've been numerous heterosexual pedophiles out there.

Some people are just...argh...

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Sen. Jim Shockley, R-Victor, said he voted against the bill because it could potentially bring gays into contact with young people at an impressionable time in their lives. He suggested that a gay authority figure, such as a schoolteacher, could turn some teens gay.
...geez, paranoia is the right word indeed...let's see, I've seen gay people around and everything, hell, my sister goes to school with some gay people, and yet we both haven't changed at all. Hmm. Imagine that.

Besides that, so...what about all the gay kids who come from homes in which the parents are straight? If being around gay people can supposedly make you turn gay, wouldn't the same be said for being around straight people? It always amazes me how people like this senator can't find an answer to that one.

And all this is taking place in the state directly north of mine. Great .

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I went to school with gay people, too. It didn't have any sort of impact on me.
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