Skip to comments.Houston Mayor Calls Homosexual Partner ‘First Lady’
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 Texaswhich includes defining marriage as a union between one man and one womanor 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 didnt even know shes 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. Shes 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 mayors swearing in ceremony, at which she put her hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the laws of the stateand thats 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 mayors office to make their voices heardand many did. Riggle also asked his members to encourage their friends to do the sameand many did.
I hope this goes somewhat viral within the city because Id 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 didnt take a stand on abortion. Marriage must be the line in the sand. We dont have to be uglyjust determined, Riggle says. They can call us names all they want. Were not moving. Well 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.
Grace Community Church
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As a native NYer, I envied Texans and their straight forward communities. Idyllic dreams.
God’s Word is clear and unambiguous on this subject. There really isn’t anything to debate. Homosexuality is sin.
"I KNOW BUT ONE CODE OF MORALITY FOR MEN WHETHER ACTING SINGLY OR COLLECTIVELY"
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.
People in Houston are easily deceived and have been for years. I don’t think much will change them.
Paul is not from Houston but Lake Jackson, I believe?
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.
Isn’t he a US Rep from Texas? How do Texans do that?
I believe less than 10% of registered voters actually voted, that’s why.
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
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
She’s also behind the no-warning, no-scientific measurement, $1,000 a ticket noise ordinance that is raking in money for the city.