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By | 2005-06-16T09:00:00-04:00 June 16th, 2005|News|

“Texans have made a decision about marriage and if there is some other state that has a more lenient view than Texas then maybe that’s a better place for them to live.”
– Texas Gov. Rick Perry telling gay and lesbian veterans in Texans where to go, as quoted on June 6, 2005 by the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

“That statement was denounced by gay activists from around the country, but it was likely applauded by those who gathered at the school for the signing. They’re all for helping returning veterans and displaying those yellow ribbons on their cars, but that’s for heterosexual veterans. Gay veterans can go to wherever. Hell, maybe.”
– Binnie Fisher in a June 10, 2005 Houston Voice editorial on Gov. Rick Perry’s anti-gay comment directed at veterans and his ceremonious signing of an anti-marriage amendment proposal at a Christian Church in Texas.

“There really ought to be a campaign to make Henry VIII the patron saint of English queerdom. Without his arrogance the English would still be Catholic, and we would probably have our own Mel Gibsons and Dubyas to deal with. The lack of interest with which ‘The Passion of the Christ’ was greeted in England made me proud of my country (for the first time in a while), and if that sounds excessive, bear in mind I’d been in Texas when it was released stateside. Between that and the hysteria over gay marriage at the time, it was an unsettling few weeks to be in America.”
– George Michael writing in the June 21, 2005 issue of The Advocate.

“It’s worth noting that two years ago, before the Supreme Court struck down a Texas sodomy law and cultural conservatives cranked up the fear machine to make ‘Adam and Steve’ the biggest threat to American life since Sept. 11, nearly half of us supported so-called ‘gay marriage.’ When Gallup polled the issue last year, that number had tumbled to 24 percent, with 54 percent opposed. (The remainder had no opinion.) But here’s the interesting part: When the phrase ‘civil union’ was used in place of the word ‘marriage,’ support climbed by 10 percentage points and opposition dropped by 12.”
– Leonard Pitts Jr. writing in the June 10, 2005 issue of the Miami Herald.

“We can’t fight HIV with principles that are fundamentalist and Shiite. You can have a prostitute with almost zero risk, and you can have a member of Bush’s church with an incredibly high risk. It just depends on whether they use a condom.”
– Dr. Pedro Chequer, director of Brazil’s AIDS program, as quoted in the June 2, 2005 issue of Rolling Stone.

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