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Houston Mayoral Candidate Annise Parker Attacked with Anti-Gay Flyer; Warns of City Run by Someone 'Trapped in Homosexual Behavior'

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The homophobic attacks against Houston mayoral candidate Annise Parker have begun, and the first is a doozy. It's a postcard mailing to 35,000 people from local activist Dave Wilson featuring a picture of Parker and her longtime partner, which asks, "Is this the image Houston wants to portray?" and reads:

“I have nothing but compassion, respect and sensitivity towards those trapped in homosexual behavior. I have family members and friends who have been ensnared in this behavior, and I know something of the incredible pain and sorrow it has brought to them and their families. With God’s grace, I carefully balance this love and respect for these individuals with warnings about the promotion and demand for legal and political approval for homosexual behavior that will stifle religious freedom and trap millions of more people in its deadly grip. Therefore, I would ask you to vote against Annise Parker for Mayor.”

KHOU reports: Wilson

"Dave Wilson, an electrician who has spent years pestering incumbent politicians of both parties, has turned his sights on Houston Controller Annise Parker. He says that Parker should not be mayor because 'homosexual behavior leads to extinction.' Wilson says he is mailing the fliers to 35,000 Houston voters who cast ballots both in the November mayoral election and in the 2008 Republican presidential primary. 'I'd like to energize the conservative Christian base in Houston, and get them to vote,' he said...'I don't see a good family, a Christian family, one man, one woman,' Wilson said. 'It's a picture of her and her mate being sworn in in public and that's the image I have a problem with.' 11 News asked Wilson what he believes is wrong with the city having an openly gay mayor. 'The openly gay lifestyle leads to extinction,' he said. 'You can't reproduce.'"

Aside from the irrational bigoted nonsense and hate behind Wilson's perspective,  what the F does reproduction have to do with running a city?

A poll published yesterday showed Parker leading her opponenet Gene Locke by a margin of 47-34:

"A recent Lake Research Partners survey of likely voters in Houston's upcoming mayoral runoff shows that City Controller Annise Parker holds a strong lead over former City Attorney and lobbyist Gene Locke. In our recent survey, among likely voters with previous participation in past city runoff elections, Parker leads with 47 percent (37 percent strong) to 34 percent for Locke (27 percent strong). A fifth of voters (19 percent) remains undecided. Parker holds this large lead even though the poll simulated high turnout among African American voters. The sample was comprised of 54 percent Anglos, 30 percent African Americans, and 12 percent Latinos. Parker remains the best-known and liked candidate in the race and she maintains her lead even under a simulated attack. Only a substantially negative campaign from Locke can interrupt her momentum. Sixty-seven percent of voters have a favorable impression of Parker and 62 percent think she has done either an excellent (21 percent) or good job (41 percent) as City Controller. Fifty-seven percent of voters hold a favorable view of Locke."

A news report on the flyer, AFTER THE JUMP...

The run-off election is December 12th. Annise Parker's campaign site is HERE.

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  1. I hope this backfires and this ignorant hick becomes a laughing stock along with all these other right wing freaks who are spewing all their verbal diarrhea. These tactics are so blatant I can't believe they are legal. How does this sort of thing not fall under slander laws? It may be true that she is gay, but every other part of it is out and out lies.

    Posted by: MT | Nov 19, 2009 8:15:24 AM


  2. WOW..could you Imagine whomever did this HATEFUL Disgusting Bigoted Post-card...would have put ANY OTHER MINORITY ON IT'S COVER and USED the SAME WORDING??? Seriously.....that scum!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Nov 19, 2009 8:21:58 AM


  3. Good Lord! This would be hilarious if it wasn't so frightening. I hope this campaign backfires in a big way. The very idea that this hick thinks it's ok to attack someone based solely on their sexual orientation and ability to reproduce is staggering. I think when she declares victory she should thank him for his help.

    Posted by: robert | Nov 19, 2009 8:33:49 AM


  4. Actually, she IS the image Houston wants to portray. She is by far the most qualified candidate for mayor.

    This 62-year old homophobic a-hole was also responsible for spearheading the effort to ban benefits for same-sex or unmarried partners in 2001. If there really is a God, they should have smote this douche bag years ago.

    Posted by: David in Houston | Nov 19, 2009 8:36:23 AM


  5. Hold on to these flyers, folks. They will be great teaching tools in a few years. As a former middle school history teacher, I can say that some of the most effective lessons I taught involved showing the class some of the outrageous cartoons, publications, and newspaper articles about African Americans, Japanese Americans, Irish Americans, etc. This will be greeted with gasps in a few years by everyone, including the sons and daughters of people who voted against Parker because she is a lesbian.

    Posted by: Ken Harvey | Nov 19, 2009 8:42:50 AM


  6. mistyped my blog on above comment....
    apassionateengagement.blogspot.com

    Posted by: Ken Harvey | Nov 19, 2009 8:46:44 AM


  7. Annise Parker is EXACTLY what we need here in Houston, Texas. She is the best qualified, and this campaign this time (I think) is going to backfire on these intolerant extremist Christian nuts.

    Add Annise Parker to your Fans group on Facebook -she needs everyone's support! She is an amazing woman and will follow another excellent gay friendly mayor -Bill White.

    Posted by: Christian | Nov 19, 2009 9:43:22 AM


  8. I live in Houston and will be casting my vote for Annise Parker.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Nov 19, 2009 11:35:36 AM


  9. I have an idea for all her supporters, make this guy or group believe they are against her, ask for all the fliers to hand out and burn them or replace them with positive messages. Why not?

    Posted by: Scott in Philly | Nov 19, 2009 12:25:25 PM


  10. When you read articles like this do any of you ask yourselves, "Do these people live in caves?" They seem so anachronistic, so fossilized in thought and action. This codger is worried about extinction?!?! Really? That's what you're worried about on a planet that is so overpopulated we can't feed a majority of the people on it? In a world that is approximately 90% heterosexual? And this guy is worried about extinction.

    I don't know about the rest of you but I'm over stupid. We had it in the White House for eight years, we had it in the vice-presidential nominee just over a year ago, and of course there's always Michelle Bachman and Sally Kern, and all the other semi-intelligent, utterly ridiculous and shockingly embarrassing politicians that get elected to public office. But I just can't listen to their stupidity anymore. I have a threshold for anyone I'll heed...they have to be smarter than me. If you're not, move on. But from the sounds of some of the people we read about, intelligence is in the minority. It almost seems that Americans, for all their access to media and information, are some of the most uninformed, scurrilous and downright dopey people on the planet. You live in the Sudan, I can forgive your lack of knowledge, you live in the desert of Morroco, same thing. But these people are in a great country, an industrialized country, with access to newspapers, internet and television, and yet they all come off like they crawled out of some tar pit missing a tooth and crosseyed.

    We need a moratorium on stupid. Enough giving stupid people the spotlight. Seek out the intelligent, the literate, the thinkers. Even if they don't all agree with me, at least we can take them seriously.

    Posted by: Bart | Nov 19, 2009 12:25:42 PM


  11. 'The openly gay lifestyle leads to extinction,' he said. 'You can't reproduce.'"

    That would be news to my friends that have used surrogates. Since hetero's have no problem with fucking a one-night stand and then having nothing to do with the resulting child --in other words, being just sperm donors-- I'd say this man is an idiot.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Nov 19, 2009 12:45:15 PM


  12. Does anyone know if this man is married or has children?

    Posted by: Hawthorne | Nov 19, 2009 12:52:20 PM


  13. What I see, "Is the image we want to portray one of a woman raising her hand?".

    Posted by: Yuki | Nov 19, 2009 12:59:12 PM


  14. Someone needs to tell this man the world is overcrowded, and that us homosexuals are actually helping. It is families like the Duggars, who like to irresponsibly pop out 30 kids, who are contributing to the problem.

    Posted by: Don | Nov 19, 2009 1:00:53 PM


  15. That's like saying that the existence of mules will cause the extinction of asses.

    Posted by: SammySeattle | Nov 19, 2009 2:08:05 PM


  16. Elect her, and they'll be lesbians masticating in public all over the city! Think of the children!

    Posted by: John in Boston | Nov 19, 2009 5:58:20 PM


  17. UPDATE:

    It has been discovered by a local blogger that the Homophobe responsible for these anti-gay mailers also donated $2000 to the campaign of Gene Locke (Parker's opponent)

    Check it out:

    http://davidortez.com/2009/11/19/what-will-gene-locke-do-with-the-dirty-money

    If anyone can contribute to Annise Parker please do so at

    http://www.anniseparker.com/contribute

    Posted by: G. Lopez | Nov 19, 2009 8:13:55 PM


  18. According to Dave Wilson, he has family members and friends ensnarled in homosexual behavior and knows something of the incredible pain and sorrow it has brought to them and their families..... My question to Dave is... What caused the pain and sorrow?? Was it the suicide that was committed due to the lack of unconditional love, acceptance, open mindedness, on your behalf??? Was it being self centered, shallow and the embarassment that you brought upon yourself and what others might think of you if you opened your heart and mind to better understand and accept a gay member of the family???
    I am a gay man and unlike Dave, I know a lot about this life.... (not a behavior Dave.... ignorant!!!) There is NOTHING compassionate, respectful, or sensitive about his words and he know NOTHING about what he calls the "homosexual behavior"...
    Hummmmmm.... Dave the electrician... Joe the plumber.... All they need is a cable guy, and lawn service guy to group together and form a company to meet "your every household need".... use the "Jesus Fish" on their buisness card so we know they are a good, trustworty, christian company.... Oh.. white and straight people only need to call for services..... Since portraying an image is most important......

    Posted by: Tony B | Nov 20, 2009 11:41:03 AM


  19. He looks like a fat beached whale in need of a punching.

    Posted by: tq43a6 | Dec 1, 2009 4:33:08 PM


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