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Jack Sisson's Life Ethics Blog
We must find new ways through many ethical issues, especially regarding bioethics, medical ethics, and criminal justice. Jack Sisson's 'Life Ethics' blog focuses on numerous areas of concern, including the philosophical and ethical dilemmas surrounding stem-cell research, abortion, medical research, and health care.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Miers -- Okay to Discriminate Against Gays
Referencing Mike's October 6th post about Harriet Miers and gays, it sounds like the Houston Chronicle didn't print the whole story. Here's the Chronicle's version:
Civil rights: Miers favored equal civil rights for gays when she ran for Dallas City Council, and said the city had a responsibility to pay for AIDS education and patient services. But she opposed repeal of the Texas sodomy statute — a law later overturned by the Supreme Court. In a survey for the Lesbian/Gay Coalition of Dallas, Miers provides a hint of her thinking on homosexual rights issues. Miers answered Yes to: Do you believe that gay men and lesbians should have the same civil rights as non-gay men and women?Now, here's a direct quote from Molly Ivins that paints a different picture of Miers' run for City Council:
She ran for city council in 1989 as a moderate, but struggled during her interview with the lesbian/gay coalition. (At the time, it would have been considered progressive to even show up.) The Dallas Police Department did not then hire gays or lesbians, and when asked about the policy, Miers replied the department should hire the best-qualified people, the classic political sidestep answer.So, sounds like Harriet tried to have it both ways, and, considering how most of the media reported it, she pretty much did. But since Ivins knows Texas politics as well as the rest of us know our own names, I'll go with her version.
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