Thank, yoa^r makiny thit our largest uMue ever! ^ I \ jnorth & sout CAROLIN Q-Uving: Yoko Ono talks about same-sex marriage noted . notable . noteworthy GLBT issues Calif. Govmor Schwarzenegger signs first gay-supportive law 23 Log Cabin witholds Bush endorsement 19 Mafia orders hit on gay mayor in Sicily 23 OutBiz:LGBT business news in the Carolinas 27 North and South Carottna NC: HRC announces youth scholarships 12 SC: SCEC to hold second annual forum on LGBT issues in Charleston 14 M do you think is 0ie ' most important issue facing voters in the, I'S. ■ next election? »f; i, curbing terrorism civil rights .healthcare . the economy . withdrawal from Iraq VOLUME ±9 . ISSUE ±0 SINCE 1.98« WWW. Q-NOTES. COM September 2s . 2004 John Kerry talks to the LGBT press Dem Presidential candidate directly addresses LGBT issues by Lisa Keen DES MOINES. Iowa — No major j^arty presidential nominee has ever granted the gay media an interview during the general election campaign. But, on Sept. 9, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, the Democratic presidential nominee, agreed to two separate face-to-face interviews with the gay media. One, for this newspaper and others around the country, was conducted by this reporter, a veteran gay journalist and independent freelancer based in the Boston area. The other, for The Advocate, was conduct ed by the magazine’s news editor Chad Graham. Both interviews were conducted sep arately and were strictly limited to 15 minutes, with only one other person in the room (Kerry spokesperson Stephanie Cutter sat next to the reporter, taking notes and marking time). The interview took place at a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, just after the sen ator spoke to an audience about healthcare. Q; The gay community knows your record, generally, and the Human Rights Campaign has described it as stellar. But I don’t think many of us know exactly what inspired you back in 1985, in your first term, to author the gay civil rights bill. Can you recall who or what — Sen. Kerry: I just think it’s an important mat ter of fundamental fairness. I think, you know, all Americans ought to be treated fair ly. And the equal rights clause and the equal protection clause mean something to me. And I think you have to take on some tough fights sometimes. And as president, I hope to pass ENDA, I hope to pass hate crimes legislation. I hope to be able to advance the understanding in America of the dif ficulties people face in some of the choices in life and we have to be a country that’s open and embracing people, period. I mean 1 just don’t know how we’re America if we don’t live up to those ideals. Q; / thought maybe you had a gay friend or gay family member that inspired you to take up that mantle. Sen. Kerry: Well, I’ve had friends, obvi ously, and I’ve had supporters in my races and people I’ve cared about. But I just never spent a lot of time thinking about people as, you know, different. I mean, each to their own. People choose or don’t choose — they are who they are. You are who you are. And that’s who we are in America — a country that’s understanding and recognizes that. We obviously have some distance to travel. We’re still fighting discrimination over color and religion and a lot of hurdles to go. Q; ...including DOMA and the Federal Marriage Amendment. You voted against the Defense of Marriage Act and you’ve spoken out against the Federal Marriage Amendment. In both cases you described it as “gay bashing for political gain.” Many of us feel that the constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriage in Massachusetts and Missouri also constitute gay bashing for polit ical gain. I’m curious why you haven’t spoken out against those two? Sen. Kerry: Well, I think there’s a distinction. I don’t think that’s gay bashing. It’s, obvious- John Kerry is the first major party presidential nominee to grant an interview with LGBT media during a campaign. ly, a position that people in the GLBT com munity disagree with — i understand that. But I think that, historically, the definition of marriage and the application of marriage laws has always been state defined. It is up to the states, not the federal government. That’s why 1 viewed the federal efforts, as specifically targeted, as gay bashing, because they were usurping into a territory that they didn’t belong. There was no need to do that. Under the Constitution, no state has to rec ognize another state’s decision, and it’s up to the states. [Note: Under the Constitution, states must give “full faith and credit” to the “public acts, records, and judicial proceed ings and acts of all other states." Constitutional law Professor Chai Feldblum says, “the Supreme Court has never directly ruled that, under the Constitution, states seePRESIDENTIALonlS Pride returns to the Carolinas Annual LGBT parade and celebration in Durham expected to attract record turnout by David Moore Q-Notes staff North Carolina’s annual LGBT Pride celebration may be kicking off a little later in the season than in previous years, but the excite ment and enthusiasm surround ing the event is as solid as ever. “We’re celebrating 20 years of marching, struggle, love and pride,” beams organizer John Short. As the event celebrates its 20th year,' it is also sharing the occa sion with The Front Page — N.C.’s oldest LGBT publication will celebrate their 25th see RALEIGH on 6 This year's Pride Parade Grand Marshall is Bo Dean of Wilmington. Charlotte LGBT Center hires new director New Executive Director Kevin Ferguson former Center board member, volunteer for RAIN by David Moore Q-Notes staff The newly-hired executive director of Charlotte’s Gay and Lesbian Community Center doesn’t live in Charlotte. In fact, he ' doesn’t even live in North Carolina. He lives just across the state line in the York County jail. That might raise a few eyebrows until you hear the rest of the story. York is essentially a suburb of Charlotte and more than just a handful of the South Carolina townspeople work and socialize in nearby Charlotte. As for his jailhouse residence, Kevin Ferguson isn’t on a work release program. Kevin Ferguson is the new executive director of Charlotte's LGBT Community Center. see CENTER on 4

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