Houston’s Openly-Gay Mayor Respond To Extremist Christians Defeat Of Equal Rights Ordinance

Bigots rejoiced a day after Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) was defeated by a wide margin following a yearlong battle over gay and transgender rights.

Although the ordinance had similar language to anti-discrimination laws in place in nearly 200 other major cities and 17 states, gay rights opponents defeated the bill by falsely claiming it would allow sexual predators to roam freely in women’s bathrooms.

61 percent of voters voted to reject the measure, which read:

“Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private employment, and housing based on an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or pregnancy?”

Mayor Annise Parker, Houston’s first openly gay mayor, was a major supporter of the bill. She denounced the “very small but determined group of right-wing ideologues and the religionous right” that campaigned to defeat the bill last night.

“I’ve been an activist for more than 40 years,” Parker told supporters last night. “I have stood here in Houston four times when people were given the opportunity to vote on my rights.”

“No one’s rights should be subject to a popular vote,” Parker added. “It is insulting, it is demeaning, and it is just wrong.”

“This was a campaign of fear mongering and deliberate lies. Deliberate lies. This isn’t misinformation, this is a calculated campaign of lies designed to demonize a little-understood minority, and to use that to take down an ordinance that 200 other cities across America, and 17 states have successfully passed, and operated under.”

“They just kept spewing an ugly wad of lies from our TV screens and from pulpits. This was a calculated campaign by a very small but determined group of right-wing ideologues and the religionous right, and they know only how to destroy, not how to build up,” Parker concluded.

Watch Mayor Parker’s speech:

Houston voters have spoken and HERO will not pass. Houston Mayor Annise Parker had this to say in response.

Posted by NewsFix Houston on Tuesday, November 3, 2015

To understand the type of transphobic and misleading ads that ran on local airwaves, check out this anti-trans Campaign which claimed that failing to discriminate against trans people is the same as giving them free reign to molest people.

Texas GOP Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who fought hard to defeat HERO, issued a press claiming HERO supporters are “out of touch with America.”

“The people,” Patrick announced, “made it very clear this is not the kind of city they want to live in.”

“I’m disappointed that the Mayor could not be gracious tonight,” he added.

h/t: jezebel