Austin Voters Upset Over Choice of Gay School Board Member

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    Nov 13, 2012 8:42 PM GMT
    http://www.advocate.com/society/education/2012/11/13/voters-upset-over-choice-gay-school-board-member

    The Reverend Jayme Mathias has defeated incumbent Sam Guzman to become the first gay member of the Austin school board, representing district two. However, some voters are now upset because they were not aware they would be voting a gay man into office.

    Mathaias, an American Catholic priest who left the Roman Catholic faith because of its antigay doctrine, said he didn't feel the need to reveal his sexual orientation in his school board campaign.

    "It's part of who I am, an important part of who I am, but it's not all of who I am," he told KVUE News.

    Several involved in the election told the Austin American-Statesman that they knew Mathias was gay, including his opponent. Guzman said he and his team wanted to win on the merits of his abilities, and not by trashing Mathias because of his sexual orientation.

    Still, some voters were not aware that Mathias was gay, and now say they suddenly feel duped.

    "The question here is the honesty," Mathias's former parishioner and district two voter Frances Martinez told KVUE News. "He could have been honest to us. What else is there for us to know."

    Larry Amaro, another district two voter, said Mathias should have disclosed his sexual orientation for the parents' sake.
  • DR2K

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    Nov 13, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    TL;DR noes I voted for the gays, I has aids!
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    Nov 13, 2012 9:09 PM GMT
    fuck them. Did his opponent come out as straight?
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    Nov 13, 2012 9:18 PM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat saidfuck them. Did his opponent come out as straight?

    Good point. Of course, in Texas, straight is the default position, gay the deviant.
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    Nov 13, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat saidfuck them. Did his opponent come out as straight?


    That is how I feel. If they are voting on his abilities in the first place then what does it matter who he has sex with in the privacy of his own home as long as the person is an adult?

    His sexuality has nothing to do with if he can do the job.
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    Nov 13, 2012 9:33 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    GonzoTheGreat saidfuck them. Did his opponent come out as straight?

    Good point. Of course, in Texas, straight is the default position, gay the deviant.


    In Texas, socially backward and ethnically prejudiced is the default position. That doesn´t mean that it´s normal or acceptable.
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    Nov 13, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
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    ART_DECO said
    GonzoTheGreat saidfuck them. Did his opponent come out as straight?

    Good point. Of course, in Texas, straight is the default position, gay the deviant.

    In Texas, socially backward and ethnically prejudiced is the default position. That doesn´t mean that it´s normal or acceptable.

    True. And of course in Republiland it's an accepted "fact" that gays are sexual perverts and pedophiles. Hence having a gay man on a school board would put children at risk. Not to mention his pursuit of the notorious gay agenda, to indoctrinate children into the gay lifestyle against their parents' wishes.
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    Nov 13, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    Well, here's your answer:

    "State law:
    Texas state law does not protect employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.[27] Since at least 1999, no bill prohibiting discrimination by employers based on sexual orientation or gender identity has made it out of the committee stage in the Texas legislature.[28]
    Texas state law does not protect persons from housing or public accommodations discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.[29] House Bill 2215 by Rep. Jessica Farrar in the legislature's 2009 regular session would have prohibited this discrimination;[30] however, the bill died in the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committee of the house of representatives.[31]
    Texas state law does not protect persons from insurance discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. House Bill 208[32] by Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo and Senate Bill 741[33] by Sen. Rodney Ellis in the legislature's 2011 regular session would have prohibited this discrimination; however, both bills died in their respective committees.[34][35]
    [edit]Municipal laws
    Five of the six most populous Texas municipalities have ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity: Houston,[36] Dallas,[37] Austin,[38] Fort Worth,[39][40] and El Paso


    So Austin does have non discrimination policies, but the question is who governs the Austin school board?
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    Nov 13, 2012 10:56 PM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat saidfuck them. Did his opponent come out as straight?

    I think this is the best point.
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    Nov 13, 2012 11:35 PM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat saidfuck them. Did his opponent come out as straight?


    Spot on.
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    Nov 14, 2012 12:30 AM GMT
    There are only two reasons these rednecks could be opposed to this man:

    1) They're terrified he's going to touch their little boy's pee-pee, and are too ignorant to know that the majority of child molesters are straight.

    2) They think he's going to turn their kids gay by association. Again, they're too stupid to realize that's not what makes a person gay.

    Ignorance like this really makes me mad. I guarantee you every one of these idiots voted against Obama because he's Black. icon_evil.gif
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    Nov 14, 2012 12:35 AM GMT
    So basically they felt that he should have revealed apart of himself that no one should ever be forced to reveal. How often do people go around asking politicians if they are straight. "Hey man I didn't know you were straight! I feel duped for voting you in"..;.. You never hear that...
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    Nov 14, 2012 12:51 AM GMT
    TheBizMan saidSo basically they felt that he should have revealed apart of himself that no one should ever be forced to reveal. How often do people go around asking politicians if they are straight. "Hey man I didn't know you were straight! I feel duped for voting you in"..;.. You never hear that...



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    Nov 14, 2012 1:24 AM GMT
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    TheBizMan saidSo basically they felt that he should have revealed apart of himself that no one should ever be forced to reveal. How often do people go around asking politicians if they are straight. "Hey man I didn't know you were straight! I feel duped for voting you in"..;.. You never hear that...



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    HA! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 14, 2012 1:55 AM GMT
    (everybody "fooled" not named Frances Martinez, at the voter booth)
    "Hmmm... "Guzman"... that dere's gotta be one o' dem Messicans... dey probably didn't even bother ta check his papers..."

    (everybody "fooled" including Frances Martinez, at the voter booth)
    "...this Mathias dude seems like my kinda guy, he'll keep them queerz away from OUR chilren. Afer all, I hear he's a Rev'end 'n such..."
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 14, 2012 9:43 PM GMT
    This proves that Austin isn't as gay friendly as it is cracked up to be. A horribly overrated city yes. But not all that gay friendly or accepting.
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    Nov 14, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    meninlove said Well, here's your answer:

    "State law:
    Texas state law does not protect employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.[27] Since at least 1999, no bill prohibiting discrimination by employers based on sexual orientation or gender identity has made it out of the committee stage in the Texas legislature.[28]
    Texas state law does not protect persons from housing or public accommodations discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.[29] House Bill 2215 by Rep. Jessica Farrar in the legislature's 2009 regular session would have prohibited this discrimination;[30] however, the bill died in the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committee of the house of representatives.[31]
    Texas state law does not protect persons from insurance discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. House Bill 208[32] by Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo and Senate Bill 741[33] by Sen. Rodney Ellis in the legislature's 2011 regular session would have prohibited this discrimination; however, both bills died in their respective committees.[34][35]
    [edit]Municipal laws
    Five of the six most populous Texas municipalities have ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity: Houston,[36] Dallas,[37] Austin,[38] Fort Worth,[39][40] and El Paso


    So Austin does have non discrimination policies, but the question is who governs the Austin school board?


    Hold everything! I thought Austin was the end all, be all of cool and progressive attitudes. A hipster's respite in the middle of big 'ol Texas. icon_lol.gif

    And Austin overrated? No way! icon_lol.gif
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 14, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    Pointe_Coupee said
    meninlove said Well, here's your answer:

    "State law:
    Texas state law does not protect employees from discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.[27] Since at least 1999, no bill prohibiting discrimination by employers based on sexual orientation or gender identity has made it out of the committee stage in the Texas legislature.[28]
    Texas state law does not protect persons from housing or public accommodations discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.[29] House Bill 2215 by Rep. Jessica Farrar in the legislature's 2009 regular session would have prohibited this discrimination;[30] however, the bill died in the Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committee of the house of representatives.[31]
    Texas state law does not protect persons from insurance discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity or expression. House Bill 208[32] by Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo and Senate Bill 741[33] by Sen. Rodney Ellis in the legislature's 2011 regular session would have prohibited this discrimination; however, both bills died in their respective committees.[34][35]
    [edit]Municipal laws
    Five of the six most populous Texas municipalities have ordinances prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity: Houston,[36] Dallas,[37] Austin,[38] Fort Worth,[39][40] and El Paso


    So Austin does have non discrimination policies, but the question is who governs the Austin school board?


    Hold everything! I thought Austin was the end all, be all of cool and progressive attitudes. A hipster's respite in the middle of big 'ol Texas. icon_lol.gif

    And Austin overrated? No way! icon_lol.gif
    Hate to burst your bubble but Austin is not that cool or progressive. Overrated, hell yes. I lived there for almost ten years. It was an arrogant, expensive, and lonely city. As for Texas passing a state law prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, with all the extremist, right wing tea baggers controlling state government. That'll be the day.