Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee Stands by American Servicemen and Women Expresses Outrage at Governor Perry's Remarks
June 15, 2005
Washington, D.C.- Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee expressed her outrage and disagreement with Governor Rick Perry's recent remarks implying that homosexuals would be unwelcome in Texas. In a June 5th event at a Ft. Worth church, Governor Perry was asked by a reporter how he would tell Texas' gay and lesbian veterans that they can't come home from Iraq and marry. Governor Perry responded, "I'm going to say Texas has made a decision on marriage, and if there's a state with more lenient views than Texas, then maybe that's where they should live."
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee issued the following statement in response to the Governor's remarks: "I am deeply regretful that the Governor made such a cruel statement to our Servicemen and women who would be adversely effected by such a law prohibiting gay marriage. The views of Governor Perry do not reflect those of all Texans, and they certainly do not reflect my own personal views.
"I have had the privilege and honor to see our nation's armed service at work during my six terms in Congress, in Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. I applaud the fine men and women who are serving their country overseas, and want them to know that regardless of what the governor has said, they are welcome to Texas. We just recently celebrated Memorial Day and commemorated our soldiers that have fallen in battle. Now is not the time to turn our back on them solely because of their sexual orientation"