Skip to comments.(Houston) Council passes equal-rights ordinance
Posted on 05/28/2014 9:06:09 PM PDT by Oliviaforever
After nearly nine hours of chanting and tears from seas of opponents and supporters in color-coded T-shirts, Houston City Council passed an ordinance on Wednesday extending equal rights protections to gay and transgender residents.
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Only two things come from Texas....
Welcome to the freak show...
Bovine excrement. This is gay and transgendered supremacy plain and simple.
Isn’t the mayor a lesbian?
No, but her girlfriend is.
Let the lawsuits begin...
Pastor coalition final statement on ERO to Houston City Council
Baptist Ministers Association of Houston * Houston Area Pastor Council Houston Ministers Against Crime * AME Ministers Alliance of Houston/Gulf Coast * Northeast Ministers Alliance * South Texas Full Gospel Baptist Fellowship * South Texas District Council of the Assemblies of God* National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference
To Honorable Houston City Council Members:
We have prepared and presented to you on multiple occasions the many reasons we have been compelled to oppose the Equal Rights Ordinance proposed by Mayor Parker. As we have shown and provided via testimony and the legal briefs from our counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom, the serious flaws in both process and content were and are irreconcilable.
We have shown that the ordinance is unnecessary and based on vague, anecdotal incidents that cannot withstand scrutiny of basic evidentiary process. Mayor Parker has acknowledged that this is primarily about the LGBT community and the city attorney in his public comments at the committee meeting acknowledged there was not a legitimate local need.
We have raised our concerns as to the privacy and protection of women and children through the Public Accommodations section that is not better, but worse, with the removal of 17-51 (b). When the city attorney said he couldn’t find any incidents where there was a problem, we provided many. We have revealed the direct threat to the freedoms of religion and speech against business owners who simply practice business according to their faith by following principles we once applauded.
We reject the comparison of sexual behavior and the definition of gender identity with race, religion, sex and physical disability that are immutable, unchangeable classes. Our Black pastors and congregations in particular, also our Hispanic and Asian pastors and churches, find it patently offensive to equate the color of their skin, which they did not choose, with a person’s lifestyle choice. Additionally, the Civil Rights movement has been about making sure everyone has the same rights.
We believe that this ordinance gives special rights to a people group who already has the same rights as everyone else. Finally, the attached polling confirms that lop-sided outpouring of calls and emails to your offices. Over eighty percent of We the People do NOT want this ordinance.
We consider a vote for this ordinance as a vote against We the People. We cannot nor will not overlook such a vote in all future opportunities to hold those council members accountable for such an action who cast that vote.
can I ask a stupid question?
What rights were being denied to gay and trans-whatever residents of Houston? Considering our various constitutional rights, freedom of speech, the right to vote,etc., which rights were being denied, that they felt the need to pass this so called equal rights ordinance???
“Finally, the attached polling confirms that lop-sided outpouring of calls and emails to your offices. Over eighty percent of We the People do NOT want this ordinance.”
The city council went against these people even though the majority of them did not want this gay rights law and they even called their council members.
It just goes to,show that when conservatives call elected officials, it does no good.
What about equal rights for conservatives?
The Mayor was upset because she had to get married to her girlfriend in a state other than Texas and vowed to do everything she can to make sure that Texas allows marriages between members of the gay community. She can’t run again as she is now term limited but you can be sure that she will try to push her entire gay agenda on Houston before she steps down.
Sad day for Texas. Voters had a chance to elect someone else during the last election but they stayed home and so deserve what they got. Black ministers particularly are totally against this issue. Will be interesting to see which side Sheila Jackson Lee, their DC Rep, comes down on or if she will, for perhaps the only time in her political career avoid the limelight.
Denise Porker, as she is called by Michael Berry, is just a female Obama. Between the millions streaming across the Mexican border and Porker’s actions, Houston is becoming a disaster.
Not really a surprise that it passed
Is SJL the mayors girl friend?
I respectfully disagree with you. Houston was already a disaster. Porker just made it a bigger disaster. Houston has had a string of horrible leadership for at least the better part of three decades.
Boob Lanier, L.P. Brown, Crashy Whitmire, Porker
No zoning, relentless urban sprawl, no mass transit, flat as a board, terrible drainage problems that are getting worse every day, hordes of illegals, moveable parking lots that are laughingly called freeways, high property taxes, high sales taxes and little in the way of redeeming value, entertainment or amenities.
“Houston is becoming a disaster.”
This new law will further devastate Houston’s economy, increase unemployment and hurt real estate prices.
When some perv claims to be transgendered and uses the women’s restroom and rapes someone, I hope the city gets sued for pushing this idiotic ruling. Instead, what will probably happen is the police will question someone for using the women’s restroom and then that guy will sue the city for discrimination.
You forgot the mosquitos...
I thought they were those black headed mexican vultures that have moved in now.
Texas... Has it gotten to the point that conservatives should abandon all urban areas?
This is a craze, a rage.
I’m glad they get this.
Now I wish they’d start talking about the gospel. That’s the only thing that is going to fix this sin problem.
At some point we gotta step back and say, “Dear God, help us with this. 80% political opposition failed.”
One must wonder how selectively protecting certain folks over others makes things fall in with “equal protections”.
These ordinances are nothing but Christian discrimination laws. Completely unconstitutional.
Term limited? She was just elected. Is there a one-term limit for mayor in Houston?
If these things go to the voting stage at all, it means that they are a forgone conclusion. All the delays and "discussion" is just theater in an attempt to apply a fake veneer of "thoughtful process" to the fascism. Brian Camenker of MassResistance has told me that the Gaystapo makes sure they have the votes in their pocket before even attempting these moves. Otherwise, a loss would hurt their little feelings.
This happened to my otherwise conservative city of Ft Worth several years ago. The city council meeting, which dragged on into the early hours of the morning, was a freak show.
She was just re-elected to her second term and is term limited. City council members are limited to three terms.
Is SJL the mayors girl friend?”
That’s funny. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Quannelle X, who is their own younger version of Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, claim to be champions and protectors of the Black community. Since one large contingent of the anti-ordinance group is the Black ministers will be interesting to see which side SJL and X take.
Perhaps I should have said more of a disaster. Fortunately I moved out of the city 5 years ago and only go back when it’s rodeo time or I am forced to do so to see a business client.
You pretty much described Houston as I see it too.....you only left out Sheila Jackson Lee and Quanell X -
Houston is a place to work. Some people actually claim to like it there. I have no idea why. I think maybe they are just trying to rationalize the things they can’t change.
There are rodeos in other places.
We live outside of Houston - far enough that we rarely even go into the city for anything. I have no desire to anyway - we have shopping and places to eat - newer, cleaner, but even we are being overrun by illegals. The only thing I can say for the area is that it is pretty - the heat/humidity allows for beautiful landscaping and I do enjoy the trees and flowers/plants everywhere.
There are rodeos in other places.”
You’re correct. I’ve worked on one committee or another since 1985 and my kids have even ridden in a trail drive in the past. Has a great scholarship program for 4-H kids and FFA. But I have seriously considered not being involved any more. Just becoming too diversified. It should be all about the cowboy, CW, 4-H and FFA and that doesn’t seem to be the case any more.
I respect your effort and contribution but it has become something it was never intended to be.... a place for neerdowells to sport their community service whilst engaging in drunken bacchanals dressed in “western” garb or sheik. The last BBQ I attended there nearly 15 years ago was my last. I thought it was disgusting. Civic leaders my butt.
Sorry you didn’t enjoy it. It is just rodeo Houston, Texas style. Regardless of the motivation, this group has been able to fund lots of college scholarships to kiddos who would otherwise not be able to attend. Kids who grow up on a farm put a lot of time, effort and money into their animals and it was awesome to see at least some of them get rewarded.
Re the BBQ you must be talking about the cookoff - just one of our favorite parts of the rodeo, although I thoroughly enjoyed the one trailride I was on.
Houston does have a lot of diversity in entertainment from the rodeo on one end of the spectrum to sports in the middle and the symphony and ballet on the other, as well as a lot of great restaurants. But, thanks to Mayor Porker, we won’t be participating in any of it in the future.
Just not my cup of tea. I never did go for any of the ubain cowboy crap.
No zoning - a great blessing. You can find a free, open neighborhood like mine, or some anal retentive neighborhood where they micromanage every aspect of your property. Your choice.
Relentless urban sprawl - which is the way we like it. If you choose to live in an insectile "urban" hive, cool. We don't.
No mass transit - horsepuckey. What are all the empty busses I see everywhere ? What are the downtown toy trains, with 100 wrecks the first year ? The damn mass transit bureaucracy sucks 1% sales tax out of every pocket. We'd be much better off with NO mass transit.
Flat as a board - largely true.
Hordes of illegals - way too true.
It's not worth commenting on the rest.
Glad you like it, I don’t, you can keep it and in fact the more who do like it and stay there the better.
That’s what makes horse races.
You have to understand, Texas is on the threshold of going very Blue”
Unfortunately I do understand. I moved to the Houston suburbs and have watched our once very conservative Republican group - to which I no longer belong - move to strong support of the Chamber of Commerce and way too much of the “why can’t we all just get along” mentality.
Just breaks my heart.
Texas has just over 13.6 million registered voters. At some point when those urban
areas have enough democrat voters they will impact statewide elections for sure.
You can see that impact in the Austin/San Antonio areas today.