I'm reading this POLITICO article about how 133 Democrats in the House signed on to an amicus brief in a court case on DOMA (the Defense Of Marriage Act) which outlawed same-sex marriages.
And I'm realizing how unresponsive politicans are.
I called a community member in Dallas to make sure I was correct. Cedar Springs is a major street there and during one section, "Oak Lawn" and "Gay Town" are two names for it locally, the LGBT population is the majority.
This is now part of Eddie Bernice Johnson's district.
I think she could be eased out of office. She had the scandal last time -- where grant money was going to her own family -- and I think she could lose the Oak Lawn vote if people knew that in 1996 she voted for DOMA. She had no reason to. She was then in a safe, Black district and would have been re-elected with no problem.
But she didn't care for gays and lesbians, apparently. I think the huge LGBT community now in her district should be making strong demands on her. In the time since DOMA, Dallas has had two openly gay council members, an out lesbian as a sheriff and they almost had a gay mayor two elections back (there was a run-off).
Eddie Bernice Johnson needs to become a leader on LGBT issues based solely on her district. And if she can't, her ass should be voted out. Being against DOMA was leadership . . . ten or twenty years ago. Today it's the bare minimum.
(When DOMA was voted on, Martin Frost had the LGBTs of Oak Lawn in his district. He was redistricted and went up against Pete Sessions and part of his old district was given to Eddie Bernice Johnson. I hope I got that right. I didn't take notes while on the phone with Serena.)
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