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To the Editor:
We did it! We defeated Measure 13 and the
OCA at the ballot box once again.
We should feel especially proud of our victory
because this was a tough election year. Voter
turnout was 15 percent lower than 1992, with far
more conservatives casting their vote than before.
Uncertainty until early September about whether
Measure 13 would clear its court challenge de
layed the outpouring of support which later flooded
into the campaign. And we have to remember that
Measure 13 was based on Colorado’s victorious
Amendment 2 and the two dozen “Son of 9” local
measures that passed around Oregon—it was de
signed to win.
We couldn’t have won 51 percent of the vote,
raised $1.5 million, distributed 400,000 pieces of
literature door to door, and identified over 60,000
“no” voters without the support of thousands of
volunteers and the community as a whole.
On behalf of the No on 13 staff and steering
committee, to everyone who walked door to door,
did speaking engagements, attended the People of
Color Breakfast Meetings, phoned voters, hosted a
house party, constructed lawn signs, staffed the
offices, stuffed envelopes, entered data, hung door
hangers at 4 am on Election Day, donated food for
staff and volunteers, talked to their neighbor, came
to a campaign event, or did any of the hundreds of
other tasks necessary to defeating Measure 13—a
BIG, BIG THANK YOU!
In the heat of the campaign, we often don’t do
a good enough job of appreciating each other. We
wish we could thank each of our thousands of
volunteers personally, and let you know how im
portant your work was to our victory. We were
proud to serve you as the staff of this campaign.
Thank you for your support, your involvement,
and the trust you placed in us.
No on 13 campaign manager
Look at history
To the Editor:
Lee Coleman’s ludicrous claim [Letters, Just
Out, Nov. 4,1994] that Right To Privacy is respon
sible for the venal behavior of the Catholic Church
in Oregon concerning Measure 13 is one of the
more outrageous examples of “blaming the vic
tim" that I’ve seen. No one would seriously sug
gest that Coleman’s inane opinion would justify
the rest of us standing by silently while he is
deprived of his civil rights—yet that is exactly
what Coleman argues the Catholic Church is doing
vis-à-vis Right To Privacy, using silence to retali
ate against those whose opinions differ.
If the Catholic Church’s support of civil rights
for queers is so tentative that it can be destroyed
with but a single statement from a single queer
organization then I suggest there wasn’t any sup
port there for us in the first place. B ut no one should
be surprised by that conclusion: Look at history.
From Paul’s hate-mongering diatribes through the
Church’s utter destruction of the Knights Templar
and the Albigensians over real and imagined ho
mosexuality to the present day, the Church has
engaged in a long and bloody persecution of queers.
With such a history, I submit that anything less
from the Catholic Church than serious opposition
to our oppression proves the persecution contin
ues: Lon Mabon and the OCA are the church’s
ideological offspring, after all.
The right to control one’s own body is the issue
basic to whether or not to carry a fetus to term, love
whom one chooses, change sex—or end one ’ s life,
and the Church’s consistent opposition to all of
these means it is ultimately opposed to basic hu
Margaret Deirdre O’Hartigan
Friend of many
Tom Deas, a friend of many within our com
munity, left us peacefully on the morning of Nov.
5, 1994. Tom was bom on Feb. 11, 1947, in
Portland. He died from AIDS-related complica
A celebration of Tom’s life began Nov. 7,
with the rosary being recited in a Catholic ser
vice. The rosary was led by his uncle from San
Francisco, Monsignor James Flynn. A funeral
Mass was held Nov. 8 at St. Andrew’s Catholic
Church, with final committal at Willamette Na
Tom served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. He
is survived by his twin brother, Jerry Deas, of
Portland; his children: Norman Deas and Mary
Ruback of Portland, Jennifer Miller of Corvallis,
and Larry Deas of Vancouver, Wash.; his former
wife, Hazel Deas, of Portland; his father, Bill
Deas, of Baltimore, Md.; his brothers: Pat, of
Beaverton, and Bill Deas of Annapolis, Md.; his
sisters, Mary Hughes and Liz Kopp of Baltimore,
and Anna of Thayer, Miss. Tom is also survived
by four grandchildren, 23 nieces and nephews,
and many, many brothers and sisters in his ex
tended family. Tom was preceded in death by his
life-partner Bill Bentley.
Remembrances may be made in Tom’s name
to the Portland Veterans Administration Medical
Center, Volunteer Services program for Christ
mas gifts for the vets at the hospital.
Tom left a legacy of love and will be missed
and remembered by his family and friends.
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