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Venables explains stance on HB 99 In 1950s America, the worst thing a person could be called was a Communist. With the use of McCarthyism, many innocent people were smeared as being Communists by individuals who had their own agendas. Today, in our frantically politically correct society, the worst thing anyone can be called is a bigot. Much like those who used McCarthy- like tactics in the 1950s, there are those who today are using a cloak of antidiscrimination to impose their own agenda and are willing to smear anyone who stands in their way as a bigot. As many people know, I am strongly op- posed to House Bill 99, which its supperters claim is needed to in- sure antidiscrimination of sexual orientation. Despite the efforts of some peo- ple to paint me as a bigot, those who truly know me can tell you that much like Will Rogers used to say: "I never met a man 1 didn't like." While I am opposed to dis- crimination, I am also very much opposed to any mandated measure by our government that would force our state, our businesses and our citizens into accepting special treatment for certain groups of people. Since all Americans are already granted equal rights and protection under the laws of our state and our nation, I see no need for singling out any segment of our society for special treatment. During the time House Bill 99 has been an issue, I never - even with the three-hour long Senate Small Business Committee public hear- ing held in 2002 - heard of anyone who claimed to have been dis- criminated against based on their sexual orientation who was not able to pursue justice through our court system with the laws as cur- rently written. One of the most disturbing parts of House Bill 99 is the irresponsi- ble way the language of the bill is written. By the bill's loosely worded description of sexual ori- ented discrimination as "real or perceived," it would put our state's businesses, employers and citizens in a virtually impossible position no matter how much they may wish to comply with the ac- tual intent of the legislation. Nowhere else currently in the Delaware code, including the parts addressing antidiscrimina- tion and hate-crime laws, is there any reference to any legal offense that is defined as "real or per- ceived." The burden of enforcing and adjudicating such a recklessly written law would be a nightmare for our citizens and our court sys- tem. For this reason, I support Sen. John Still's amendment to re- move this wording from the legis- lation. When I have pointed out to sup- porters of House Bill 99 that there is already adequate legal protec- tion for this type of discrimina- tion, they have responded that the bill is really about imposing the social acceptance they want for their behavior to be viewed as normal. While it should be the responsi- bility of government to make sure its citizens are protected from dis- crimination, as it already does, it should never be the role of gov- ernment to impose on its citizens the belief that certain types of be- havior are normal. Government should only govern our actions and correct the wrongs of these actions; it should never attempt to mandate the beliefs or opinions of its citizens on what is to be con- sidered normal with unclear laws using painfully vague wording as "real or perceived." Despite the denials by its sup- porters, another concern I have is that House Bill 99 would be used for things other than what is specifically spelled out in the leg- islation. Many times after they have been enacted, laws are often interpreted in ways that are much different and broader than what the General Assembly intended in enacting them. Chief among my concerns is what is taught in our public schools, and for this reason I have introduced an amendment that would make it clear that House Bill 99 would not be used to affect our public schools. Since imposed social acceptance and not the pre- vention of discrimination is the actual goal of this legislation, there is a very real danger that House Bill 99 could create many more problems than its supporters claim it would solve. Robert L. Venables Sr. State Senator 21st District Where go Delaware Democrats? Well, it certainly was quite a week for the homosexual commu- nity in Delaware. The Delaware Democratic party officially grant- ed a seat on its executive commit- tee to a homosexual group. Here in Sussex County we were treated to an array of news articles and photographs ranging from those of homosexual Congress- man Barney Frank, imported from Massachusetts to help raise mon- ey for Delaware homosexual groups, to a full page collage of pictures celebrating CAMP Re- hoboth's efforts in raising monies for its planned gay and lesbian community center in downtown Rehoboth. We all got to see pic- tures of males in drag for CAMP Rehoboth's theatrical production as well as the governor of our state, with a big smile on her face, accepting a plaque honoring her membership in the homosexual organization. Yes indeed it was quite the triumphal week for ho- mosexuals in the state of Delaware. However, behind all the smiling faces, hand-holding, and declara- tions of tolerance and diversity, there is a very dark side to the gay rights agenda that all of us - citi- zens and legislators - ignore at our peril. Their legislative goals read like a manifesto from hell. Some examples are the positive presentation of the homosexual lifestyle in our public school sys- tem; the repeal all laws governing the age of sexual consent - gosh, could there be a connection be- tween these first two; repeal of all laws prohibiting solicitation for private voluntary sexual liaisons, both male and female; the repeal of all legislative provisions that restrict the sex or number of per- sons entering into a marriage unit, and the extension of legal benefits to all persons who cohabit regard- less of sex or number; and the en- actment of legislation so that child custody, adoption, visitation rights, foster parenting, and the likes shall not be denied because of sexual orientation or marital 1977 CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, Aug. 8 - Aug. 14, 2003 - 27 status. The preceding is but a sampling of the gay rights agenda taken from the 1972 Chicago meeting of the National Coalition of Gay Or- ganization, which grew out of its desire to create a gay stance for the 1972 elections. The successful attainment of these objectives would substan- tially change or obliterate existing laws established to protect our children from sexual predators and the sanctity of the family unit in our country. When you also considers the shortened life span of homosexu- als - especially males - caused by their documented unhealthy sexu- al practices, propensity for choos- ing multiple partners and a much higher frequency of sexual en- gagement with those multiple i partners - which helps to further spread disease - it seems one needs to ask where is the rationale for encouraging or providing leg- islation that provides special pro- tection to any group with such an agenda and lifestyle? In their haste to pander to this special interest group, the leaders of the Delaware Democratic party have gone over the top in an effort to gain homosexual political sup- port. It seems they are willing to sacrifice at the altar of political expediency - as they perceive it - the health and welfare of the rest of us in order to curry favor with this small but obviously well or- ganized and financed group. Whether they are successful or not will mostly depend on how well informed our citizenry be- Continued on page 28 25 Baltimore Avenue Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 19971 302-227-8331 800-225-8331 www. Monday-Thursday 10-5  Friday & Saturday 10-8 Sunday 11,5 HEREND TRUNK SHOW AUG. 15 THRU SEPT. 15 MEET DAVE EVANS HEREND REPRESENTATIVE SATURDAY, AUGUST 16, 11-7