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About Just out. (Portland, OR) 1983-2013 | View Entire Issue (April 27, 1984)
Reagan's “ macho"
There are now no restrictions on reasons
for state paid abortions for welfare recipients.
Cinder current rules the state generally will
pay for only one abortion for women over 18
and two for women under 18.
b y Rosanne King
G oldfarb files ethics
b y Ja y Brow n
Mark Goldfarb, candidate for the Oregon
State Senate in District 7 which encompas
ses most of Southeast Portland, has filed a
complaint with the Oregon Government Eth
ics Commission asking it to determine
whether public officials who hire their
spouses to work for them are breaking the
Goldfarb said hiring spouses, which is
com m on practice among lawmakers,
violates a law against using public office for
private gain — either for the official or for
members of the official’s family.
Goldfarb has asked the Ethics Commis
sion to pursue the return of $14,011 paid to
Billie Monroe, spouse of Senator Rod
Monroe (District 7), whom Monroe had
employed as his secretary in 1981, then as
legislative assistant in 1983.
The Oregon Code of Ethics and the Con
flict of Interest Law specifically prohibits a
legislator from making any decision or re
commendation which results in financial
gain for a member of his/her household. A
violation could result in a civil penalty of
$ 1,000 and forfeiture of twice the amount
realized from the violation.
Goldfarb said he became aware of the
neglected law, passed in 1974, when he re
ceived an Ethics Commission financial dis
closure form candidates are required to file.
Monroe, elected to the Senate in 1980,
angered many of his constituents during the
1983 legislative session by voting against SB
319, the ’83 gay rights bill, after he had prom
ised to vote in favor of it A large number of
progressive, upwardly mobile gays and les
bians live in the 7th district which begins at
20th Avenue and ends in Gresham.
Goldfarb, former managing editor of the
Southeast Times recognizes his lesbian and
gay constituency and has actively sought
their support Goldfarb has indicated a strong
sensitivity to lesbian and gay concerns.
As for Goldfarb’s ethics violation
com plaint Monroe said he had never been
told there was anything wrong with legislators
Just O ut, April 27-M ay 11
“Until they get me, I’m going to fight And
after they get me, I have other things to do.’’
Ruth McFarland, Democratic candidate for
the U.S. Congress in District 5 knows the
price outspoken policies can exact from a
Since her election to the state Senate in
1980, McFarland has been an unrestrained
critic of Reagan administration policies and
similar programs on the state level.
She calls U.S. military aid to El Salvador
“Reprehensible. I can’t think of enough bad
words to describe it We don’t have any busi
ness down there with guns.”
Nuclear disarmament “is close to being
my number one priority,” McFarland said.
The proposed development and deployment
of chemical weapons is close behind. She
describes the weapons as "Dreadful. I’m ab
solutely against binary nerve gas.”
Foreign policy and defense programs are
indicative of an administration attitude which
has affected many aspects of life in the U.S.,
according to the Senator.
“They’ve sent out a clear message that it’s
all right to do all these things. We worked
hard to get away from the whole male,
macho image, and the administration is say
ing it's okay again," she said.
That attitude is reflected in the upswing in
discrimination against gay people and wo
men, McFarland said.
"It’s a pure, simple matter of human rights.
Gay people have the same duties, they
should have the same rights."
Discrimination on all levels is a major
problem for the gay and lesbian community.
When asked what she perceived as the single
greatest problem confronting the commun
ity, she responded, “The gay community it
self should speak to that issue. They should
Common sense is the basis of McFarland’s
opinions and policies. Her stand on school
prayer is an example.
"I’m against any organized prayer pro
gram, but there isn’t anything prohibiting
prayer in school.” She laughs, “As long as
math teachers give tough tests and kids
take them, there’s going to be prayer in
Two state legislators and a physician are
the sponsors of an initiative measure which
would end state payments for abortions ex
cept those necessary to save the mother’s
Sen. Tony Meeker, R-Amity, state Repre
sentative Peg John, D-Cottage Grove, and
Portland physician Richard DeKlotz are
sponsors of the proposed state constituional
am endm ent
They have until July 6 to gather the 83,000
petition signatures needed to put the
measure on the November general election
Klamath voters face
“ nuke free" measure
Voters in Klamath County, Oregon will be
asked to decide whether Klamath County will
be designated a nuclear free zone in the
primary election on May 15.
A “Nuclear Free Zone” is an area that has
been declared off limits to the nuclear arms
race. In the declaration of nuclear free zones,
citizens and communities proclaim their un
conditional opposition to the nuclear arms
race by banning nuclear weapons from their
midst, as well as the facilities, equipment, or
supplies associated with them.
On May 3,1982, the citizens of Garrett
Park, Maryland, voted overwhelmingly to de
clare their community a nuclear free zone —
the first in America. Since then 36 other com
munities in the United States have passed
similar measures. At present there are a vari
ety of nuclear free zone campaigns underway
in this country. There are numerous nuclear
free zones established in England, Europe,
Australia, New Zealand, and Japan, in addi
tion to campaigns being mounted in Canada
and the Pacific Islands to the same end.
In Klamath County, the proposed ordi
nance would “prohibit the production, trans
portation, storage, processing or disposal of
any nuclear weapon or nuclear waste” in the
county. The penalty for violation of this ordi
nance would be a maximum fine of $500.00
and/or sixty days in jail for each violation.
Just Out works with
West Women's Hotel
In a unique venture to provide shelter for
Portland’s homeless women and children.
Just O u t Newsmagazine and the West
W om en’s Hotel are offering a special sub
A $35 donation will provide a week’s hous
ing for a woman and her child, plus a year’s
subscription to Just Out, Oregon’s complete
lesbian and gay connection.
Burnside Community Council reports
there are 20 0 to 300 homeless women in the
Portland area. About 75 of them are served
by shelters, including the West Women’s
Hotel. The others must subsist as they can.
The added responsibility of a child makes
survival an even more tenuous prospect.
O f the donation, $25 is tax deductible. Join
in this unusual project provide shelter for a
woman and her child for one week and read
Just O ut for a year. Make checks payable to
West W om en’s Hotel and send to Just Out.
92 3 SW 17th, Portland. OR 97205.
L/G Pride planning
in high gear
The Portland Lesbian and Gay Pride steer
ing committee, meeting on April 12. signifi
cantly altered guidelines governing the
week’s activities by adding a statement aimed
at curbing disruptive behavior or dress.
The guidelines, considered each year by
the steering committee then current, have
been altered by every committee since they
were first adopted several years ago. But this
addition is unique because it addresses be
havior and dress which appears to demean
or degrade any part of the community.
The complete text of the addition to the
guidelines for Lesbian and Gay Pride Week
’84, made by the L/GP Steering Committee
1984 is as follows:
“Whereas; the permit to use Waterfront
Park as the site for the L/GP rally is granted
ot the L/G P Steering Committee, that com
mittee reserves the right to request that a
participant alter his/her behavior, dress, or
placard because it appears to demean, de
grade or mock any faction of the community
on the basis of race, creed, sex, sexual prefer
ence, age, physical or mental disability. Non-
compliance by such an individual will result
in the ejection of said person from the march
or rally site by the monitors."
Having adopted the national theme “Unity
and More in ’84" of 1984 Stonewall celebra
tions across the country several weeks ago,
the L/G P Steering Committee last week ad
ded Portland’s slogan “Put Power in Diver
sity.” During discussion preceding the addi
tion, concepts explored were h u m a n rights
fo r a ll people, diversity and challenge.
Pat Bond, a well known and talented actor
currently appearing in San Francisco, has
been invited to be the featured speaker at the
rally at Waterfront Park on June 16. Ms. Bond
will be appearing in Portland in her play about
Lorena Hickok under the sponsorship of
Phoenix Rising during Lesbian and Gay Pride
Week and has agreed to talk at the rally.
As a way to raise funds for the celebration,
the L/G P Steering Committee is asking
members of the community to host a Pride
Party. Anyone can help L/P ’84 by throwing a
party, charge a cover and give the money »o
L/G P ’84. Host an international potluck.
Charge what you think your friends can pay.
O r if your friends have more money than
they know what to do with ask them for a loan
to L/G P ’84; they will get satisfaction in help
ing this important celebration and interest on
The address of the committee is: L/GP ’84,
PO Box 6611, Portland. OR 97228; 231-5034.
A measure approving the ordaining of wo
men as priests was passed last week by dele
gates of the 230,000-m em ber Reorganized
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The revelation of the ordination of women
priests by a m em ber of the church was con
sidered by the Orders and Quorums of the
Church, then presented to the World Confer
ence delegates for a vote. After 2 Vi hours of
debate, the vote was 3-1 in favor of the