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Houston Mayor Calls Homosexual Partner ‘First Lady’
Charism News ^ | March 2, 2012 | Jennifer Leclaire

Posted on 03/03/2012 3:27:15 PM PST by NYer

A megachurch pastor in Houston is taking exception to a lesbian mayor who refers to her homosexual partner as “First Lady.”

Steve Riggle, senior pastor of Grace Community Church, wrote a confrontational letter to Houston Mayor Annise Parker. In the letter, Riggle asked Parker to abide by her oath of office to uphold the constitution of Texas—which includes defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman—or step down.

“During her first term of service, the issue of gay marriage never really came up much. There were a ton of people in the city who didn’t even know she’s homosexual,” Riggle says. “When she got into her second term, it seems she was emboldened. She has met with 80 mayors who have come out in support of gay marriage. She’s starting to advocate for gay marriage.”

Riggle says he wrote the letter to challenge Parker to be an advocate for traditional marriage. He still remembers the mayor’s swearing in ceremony, at which she put her hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the laws of the state—and that’s what Riggle and his 15,000 church members expect her to do.

Riggle refuses to be silent. He asked Grace Community Church members to e-mail or call the mayor’s office to make their voices heard—and many did. Riggle also asked his members to encourage their friends to do the same—and many did.

“I hope this goes somewhat viral within the city because I’d love to see the mayor get more phone calls than she did votes,” says Riggle, noting that Parker only got 60,000 votes in her re-election and barely escaped a run-off.

“The church didn’t take a stand on abortion. Marriage must be the line in the sand. We don’t have to be ugly—just determined, “Riggle says. “They can call us names all they want. We’re not moving. We’ll keep praying for city officials but we will also oppose them by every means possible if they try to redefine marriage.”

The following is the text of the letter Riggle sent to the mayor:

Dear Mayor Parker,

I am writing on behalf of myself and as the senior pastor of Grace to express my deep disappointment in your recent public actions and statements that undermine the express will of the people of the state of Texas in regard to traditional marriage.

As you are aware, we have declared by constitutional amendment that marriage is to be defined as between one man and one woman. While you are certainly entitled to your personal views and lifestyle that does not embrace traditional marriage (even if I happen to disagree with those views and I do), it is very disturbing to me when you make statements as an elected official that are contrary to what the people have decided should be the foundational values and definitions that define our culture.

I was deeply disturbed some months ago when a memo was circulated by an office connected to your office that titled your partner as the first lady of Houston. You should have corrected that since you know that title has been given only to the wife or husband of the mayor in the appropriate gender language.

At your swearing in, I heard you take your oath of office and swear to uphold the constitution of the State of Texas. To then, just a few weeks later, stand with other mayors and call for action regarding marriage that would violate the very constitution you were swearing to uphold is less than integral. In what I have seen, you were described not as citizen Annise Parker, but as Mayor Annise Parker. That says to me, you were speaking as our mayor.

I respectfully request that you not use your office or title to press your personal views and lifestyle on this subject that we, the people, have so clearly spoken to. Additionally, as our mayor, I would request that you be true to the vow you took to uphold the constitution of the State of Texas and stand for traditional marriage since we as the citizens of Texas have expressed by amending our constitution that marriage will be defined as between one man and one woman.

Respectfully, if you cannot uphold the Texas constitution, then you should do the honorable thing and step down.

I do appreciate the commendation you have given Grace and our service to the social needs of the community as we ongoingly care for the least among us, and our hosting the services when a first responder falls in the line of duty. However, on the issue of marriage, I respectfully, but very strongly, stand in opposition to what seems to be your agenda. While we will continue to serve the needs of our city as we have done for many years, we will oppose your efforts to represent us as our mayor.

We, the fifteen thousand people of Grace, have always done our best to be supportive of our elected officials and to pray for them on a regular basis. Regretfully, while we will continue to pray for you, we will not support your actions or stand passively by and allow you to redefine what has always been the definition of marriage.

Respectfully,

Steve Riggle
Senior Pastor
Grace Community Church


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: homosexualagenda; houston; tx

1 posted on 03/03/2012 3:27:23 PM PST by NYer
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2 posted on 03/03/2012 3:29:26 PM PST by narses
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To: wagglebee; little jeremiah

As a native NYer, I envied Texans and their straight forward communities. Idyllic dreams.


3 posted on 03/03/2012 3:29:56 PM PST by NYer ("Be kind to every person you meet. For every person is fighting a great battle." St. Ephraim)
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To: NYer

How foul.


4 posted on 03/03/2012 3:31:50 PM PST by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis
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To: NYer

God’s Word is clear and unambiguous on this subject. There really isn’t anything to debate. Homosexuality is sin.


5 posted on 03/03/2012 3:33:47 PM PST by henkster (Obama regime mission statement: "Find the people working, and stop them!")
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To: NYer
 
"I KNOW BUT ONE CODE OF MORALITY FOR MEN WHETHER ACTING SINGLY OR COLLECTIVELY"
--Thomas Jefferson
 
Got Natural Law?
 
 
Sex, Evolution and Behavior
By Martin Daly and Margo Wilson
 
 
Got Socio-Biological Fitness?
 
 "Gay" penguins don't - not even in the San Francisco zoo
http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&source=hp&q=San+Francisco+gay+penguins
 
FAIL.

6 posted on 03/03/2012 3:34:00 PM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: NYer

Is Houston that liberal, like Austin, that they’d elect a lesbian as mayor-ette?

Hell, they keep sending the “nutcase wackjob” (Mark Levin’s borrowed phrase), RuPaul (also borrowed from Mr Levin), back to office, year-after-year.

Who’da guessed?


7 posted on 03/03/2012 3:36:52 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: NYer

People in Houston are easily deceived and have been for years. I don’t think much will change them.


8 posted on 03/03/2012 3:45:16 PM PST by Theodore R. (Santorum has one election day left, and I wonder if the American people will respond.)
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To: carriage_hill

Paul is not from Houston but Lake Jackson, I believe?


9 posted on 03/03/2012 3:46:17 PM PST by Theodore R. (Santorum has one election day left, and I wonder if the American people will respond.)
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To: NYer

Believe me, I have no love for gay marriage, but this ‘thing’ did take down our red-light cameras. That’s a lot more than most straight mayors can claim.


10 posted on 03/03/2012 3:49:16 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: Theodore R.

Isn’t he a US Rep from Texas? How do Texans do that?


11 posted on 03/03/2012 3:49:35 PM PST by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill

I believe less than 10% of registered voters actually voted, that’s why.


12 posted on 03/03/2012 3:55:49 PM PST by ReformationFan
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To: NYer

Liberals will scream “separation of church and state” how dare the church get involves with secular matters, but see nothing wrong with the Obama mandate on contraceptives and the catholic church


13 posted on 03/03/2012 3:58:45 PM PST by Popman (America is squandering its wealth on riotous living, war, and welfare.)
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To: NYer

Time for ALL the Texans called by the name of Christ to be in prayer. Pray that this Reprobate Mayor will repent of their sin and seeks reconciliation with the Father. Pray that their reprobate partner will do likewise. And Pray that every God fearing Texan will be contacting these wicked people to let them know God will not be mocked. There is a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof is death. Nobody caught in that web of homosexual deceit can hope for anything but the second death.. . . Unless they repent and seek God.


14 posted on 03/03/2012 4:00:50 PM PST by StonyBurk (ring)
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To: Popman

“Liberals will scream “separation of church and state” how dare the church get involves with secular matters, but see nothing wrong with the Obama mandate on contraceptives and the catholic church”

The Obama mandate does not just affect the Catholic church. It affects all religions, religious schools, private businesses who self-insure, etc.

In fact the mandate is not just about contraception either but mandates coverage for abortions and sterilizations as well.

It is an attack on the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America.


15 posted on 03/03/2012 4:07:00 PM PST by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: NYer

Well said!


16 posted on 03/03/2012 4:17:52 PM PST by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: NYer

Homosexuality is the perversion pushed by the sexually abused homosexual Harry Hays who became a Communist. It is a learned behavior.

It is a movement to destroy Christianity-=throw out the Ethics which formed the US Constitution and where our Natural Rights come from God-—so we can be just like the USSR and Nazi systems (arbitrary laws)-—where there is no God allowed.

This is all about destroying biological connection—make women and men interchangeable-—get children used to the concept so their natural rights can be denied and they can be be denied their humanity and inalienable rights to have a biological mother and father-—to make that a normal/natural reality. They are EVIL. Sodomy is always evil and the perversion is an abomination.

Marxists destroy the meaning of words—so that they can create chaos and hatred among groups. Homosexual societies hate women.....Ancient Greece, Rome—Middle East—Samurai- Afghanistan. It is all about destroying the family and Judeo- Christian Ethics. Cultures which have no Virtue will collapse.


17 posted on 03/03/2012 4:20:55 PM PST by savagesusie (Right Reason According to Nature = Just Law)
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To: NYer; wagglebee

She said in her first scampaign that she wouldn’t push the homosexual agenda and that it shouldn’t be an issue in the election.

She raised more out of state contributions than any other candidate.

She does not represent the interests of the people of this city.


18 posted on 03/03/2012 4:22:50 PM PST by a fool in paradise (If Obama brings troops home from Japan and Germany he can claim he won WWII finally as well as Iraq.)
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To: BobL

She was part of the corruption that kept them up. She flip-flopped when she realized she was about to get tossed out on her ass last year.


19 posted on 03/03/2012 4:27:39 PM PST by a fool in paradise (If Obama brings troops home from Japan and Germany he can claim he won WWII finally as well as Iraq.)
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To: BobL

She’s also behind the no-warning, no-scientific measurement, $1,000 a ticket noise ordinance that is raking in money for the city.


20 posted on 03/03/2012 4:28:49 PM PST by a fool in paradise (If Obama brings troops home from Japan and Germany he can claim he won WWII finally as well as Iraq.)
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To: NYer

Well after hearing Rush apologized for his remark about Ms Fluke, the sex pot that chatted with congress the other day and then reading the link about Bill Maher refusing to apologize to Sara Palin for calling her the Cword along with other equally ugly sexist names, I needed a good giggle..at least this “first lady” is of the female gender. For a minute there I thought it was a couple of gay guys!


21 posted on 03/03/2012 4:42:34 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: savagesusie

>>It is a learned behavior.

 

Don't need no Weatherman to see which way the wind blws.

 

"Behind the Violence, Says Jane Alpert,
Was Sex"

--November 09, 1981--
"The leaders of the Weather Underground, she believes, followed a similar pattern of constantly shifting sexual alliances..."

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20080637,00.html

"He [Bill Ayers] also writes about the Weathermen's sexual experimentation as they tried to 'smash monogamy.' The Weathermen were 'an army of lovers,' he says, and describes having had different sexual partners, including his best male friend."

Source: New York Times, September 11, 2001: "No Regrets for a Love Of Explosives; In a Memoir of Sorts, a War Protester Talks of Life With the Weathermen"
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9F02E1DE1438F932A2575AC0A9679C8B63&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=1

"...the Weathermen, when not engaged in group sex, committed such revolutionary acts as parading with a Viet Cong flag through a local park on Independence Day and spray-painting the walls of a high school with the slogans, "Off the Pigs," "Viet Cong Will Win," and "F#$k U.S. Imperialism."..."

Campus Wars: The Peace Movement At American State Universities in the Vietnam Era

 

"What happens next bears watching closely, as does the response of the president, ex-Speaker Pelosi, and others on the left.  Encouraged by leftists in the Democratic Party and funded by left-leaning nonprofit organizations and celebrity contributors, Occupy Wall Street may in time morph into something resembling the radical factions of the late 1960s and 1970s."

http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/10/predicting_the_weatherman.html

The Osawatomie Coincidence

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2818309/posts


22 posted on 03/03/2012 5:09:01 PM PST by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: NYer

First Lady is reserved for heterosexual politicians. First Mullet is more appropriate for lesbian politicians.


23 posted on 03/03/2012 5:17:33 PM PST by chuckee
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To: NYer

R. Lee Ermey had it right:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyFSdj1J5Vw


24 posted on 03/03/2012 5:29:58 PM PST by Ham Hock
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To: a fool in paradise

“She does not represent the interests of the people of this city.”

Houston voted for her.


25 posted on 03/03/2012 5:48:53 PM PST by CodeToad (NO TAXATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION!!!)
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To: carriage_hill

Houston doesn’t send Ron Paul back to Congress; Fort Bend County does which is the next county to Harris County where Houston is located.

Houston, on the other hand, does have a certain segment of the population which to their utter delight sends the “esteemed” (/sarc) Sheila Jackson Lee back every election and for that, as a Texan, I apologize!!!!


26 posted on 03/03/2012 6:36:34 PM PST by Texas56
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To: a fool in paradise

“She was part of the corruption that kept them up. She flip-flopped when she realized she was about to get tossed out on her ass last year.”

I’m not going to go too far defending our Lezbo mayor, but regardless of where she had stood - the cameras are gone. Her straight honky predecessor get them installed and couldn’t care less what the people thought. In her case, I do think that she could have pushed it out past the election...but she didn’t.


27 posted on 03/03/2012 6:40:12 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: NYer

“If you got it, flaunt it”..... That must be what Sodom and Gomorrah were like. The homos, perverts and atheists get bolder and bolder each day.


28 posted on 03/03/2012 6:50:34 PM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: carriage_hill

Ron Paul is from a district south of Houston.


29 posted on 03/03/2012 6:55:56 PM PST by Ditter
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To: dennisw
"That must be what Sodom and Gomorrah were like. The homos, perverts and atheists get bolder and bolder each day. "

I'm thinking that this is the obne that got them:

Disaster That Struck The Ancients
(A swarm of them)

30 posted on 03/03/2012 7:17:59 PM PST by blam
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To: Ditter

Aren’t US Reps elected by the entire state, and not a single state district?


31 posted on 03/04/2012 3:07:07 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: Texas56

I thought the entire state elects a US Rep ad US Sen; districts elect their district’s state reps. No? When did that change?


32 posted on 03/04/2012 3:26:12 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: dennisw
“If you got it, flaunt it”

On Jeopardy this past Friday, one of the male contestants talked about his "husband" during the interview portion with Alex Trebek.

33 posted on 03/04/2012 3:31:35 AM PST by RightField (one of the obstreperous citizens insisting on incorrect thinking - C. Krauthamer)
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To: carriage_hill
NO I wish! A US Rep is only elected by the people in their district alone. US Senators are elected by the entire state. Houston has some pretty liberal people and they have elected our lesbian mayor. The huge Houston metro area is made up of small cities surrounding Houston who do not vote for our mayor. I think the small surrounding cities, Bellaire, Pasadena, Katy, Conroe, Sugarland, etc. tend to be more conservative but I don't keep up with their politics.
34 posted on 03/04/2012 6:11:17 AM PST by Ditter
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To: Ditter

Okay, I learned something today. Thanks.


35 posted on 03/04/2012 8:47:58 AM PST by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill

We lived in Brazoria County, part of Ron Paul’s district when he first ran for office. It’s about an hour south of Houston. Our county was mostly rural at that time with refineries down on the coast at Freeport. We met him and didn’t care for him so we didn’t vote for him and moved into Houston soon afterward. He was a well respected physician OB/GYN when he ran for office.


36 posted on 03/04/2012 8:59:57 AM PST by Ditter
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To: NYer
Sounds like he needs extensive therapy and counseling!
37 posted on 03/04/2012 9:04:08 AM PST by upcountryhorseman (An old fashioned conservative)
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To: NYer

Simply disgusting and disturbing. Just proves that you get the government you vote for.

So....Houston is the southern continental version of San Francisco? I knew Houston is dominated by Dim libs but still, this?


38 posted on 03/04/2012 9:54:11 AM PST by citizen (The Dims will all unite for Zero. We must soon unite behind our challenger and back him to victory!)
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To: BobL

The city renegotiated the contract in the favor of the company when the city leaders already knew damn well the public opposed them.

She then said her hands were tied in this matter.

She’s part of the problem.


39 posted on 03/04/2012 10:38:54 AM PST by a fool in paradise (If Obama brings troops home from Japan and Germany he can claim he won WWII finally as well as Iraq.)
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To: RightField

That’s like an atheist talking about “My god”:


40 posted on 03/04/2012 2:42:43 PM PST by dennisw (A nation of sheep breeds a government of Democrat wolves!)
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To: a fool in paradise

“She then said her hands were tied in this matter.”

She seems to be getting a bit graphic here, ehhh.


41 posted on 03/04/2012 3:41:17 PM PST by BobL (I don't care about his past - Santorum will BRING THE FIGHT to Obama)
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To: BobL

Sheila Jackson Lee is from Houston. That should explain a lot...


42 posted on 03/04/2012 6:29:59 PM PST by democratsaremyenemy
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