Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Justice Sunday
and the Washington Blade

A delicious item has met your blogstress's eye, courtesy of the Family Research Council (FRC) e-mail list. Apparently FRC President Tony Perkins has the same reading habits as your cybertrix. (You'll remember FRC as the folks who brought us Justice Sunday.) Today we find him citing Lou Chibarro's piece in the Washington Blade--the one excerpted here yesterday in which Lou scooped the mainstream media on Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers' interaction with a gay and lesbian group during her run for Dallas City Council. Perkins is most concerned, it seems, about the fact that, per the Blade's report, Louise Young of the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas, said of Miers, "She was not hostile [to gay and lesbian people]..."

Herewith, the Perkins missive:

Second (Day) Thoughts

President Bush has earned a substantial measure of trust and confidence from pro-life, pro-family Americans. He has shown every indication that he understands the crucial role we played in returning him to the White House less than a year ago. Even so, the nomination of President Bush's close friend and confidante, White House Counsel Harriet Miers, continues to roil the waters in this Capital. Liberal advocacy groups are also delving into the nominee's background. A story in a homosexual newspaper--The New York Blade--reports on Dallas homosexual leaders' meetings with Harriet Miers when she sought election to the Dallas City Council in 1989. "She was not hostile, nor did she come across as some kind of right-wing ideologue," said Louise Young, formerly with the Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas.

Ultimately, the group declined to support Miers. They said she told them then that she would not support repeal of Texas's sodomy law and that she was opposed to abortion. Despite this non-endorsement by his group, Marc Lerro said his fellow homosexual leaders viewed the fact that Miers met with them and filled out their questionnaire as "a positive gesture." Today, Lerro says "I can't say...she will be good on our issues, but on a personal level, she was very open to having gay people serve on boards and commissions." While I am relieved to have some of her reported responses, I have a concern that Miss Miers was helping to legitimize the drive of homosexual organizations for power and influence over our public policies. You can be sure Harriet Miers will be closely questioned on these and other matters when she appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Your Webwench especially appreciates the use of the honorific "Miss" before the name of the first woman to head the Dallas Bar.

The e-mail continues with a defense of Gamblin' Man Bill Bennett, who apparently has not learned exactly when to fold 'em, given his ongoing defense of his own blatantly racist comments, brought to light by Media Matters for America.

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