FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATED: September 12, 2013
Contact: Dave Welch: 713-459-9164
Houston, TX – With reports today (“Parker Says City Should Pass Non-Discrimination Ordinance”, Houston Chronicle) that Mayor Annise Parker would support the aggressive ordinance that provoked citywide controversy in San Antonio, an inter-racial, inter-denominational coalition of pastors long active in the city declared they are not surprised. In addition, speaking for Houston Area Pastor Council, Pastor Willie Davis said that attempts to equate sexual behavior, “gender expression” and “gender identity” to race are not only wrong but offensive.
“The radical agenda to somehow make the case that those who are confused about their gender have suffered the kind of institutional, historical and class discrimination that Black Americans have is beyond offensive – it has no merit whatsoever,” stated Pastor Davis. “To propose that the city legally declare that a man who thinks he is a woman deserves equal standing in law as race, gender and religion proves again that Annise Parker is more representative of San Francisco’s values than Houston’s as she had previously proven.”
The San Antonio ordinance originally included provisions that would disqualify any citizen from holding any city position if they had ever in word or deed “expressed bias” toward any protected class. It also forces businesses and churches to accommodate any gender confused person in restroom facilities, hiring and practice. Dave Welch, Executive Director of HAPC added that both the moral and the legal basis of these ordinances are “non-existent’.
“The San Antonio ordinance was the results of the work of the radical LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersexed) Human Rights Campaign joining with the national political ambitions of their liberal mayor,” Welch said. “No evidence existed there or exists here of any such discrimination. Both in polling and by numbers of attendance at city hall, the vast majority of San Antonio citizens, led by a large coalition of churches, overwhelmingly opposed the attack on their values and freedom of conscience.”
Welch concluded the statement by pointing out that Mayor Parker plans to wait until reelected before pushing this issue forward. “It is clear she knows that she would not be returned to office if she attempted it now, so Houston citizens will have a clear choice in November. We can choose to defend our religious freedom and sound moral law, or submit to boys in the girls’ restrooms in our churches and businesses by reelecting this mayor. We can not allow this great city to be turned into a California-style experiment at the expense of our faith, our freedom and our children."