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Houston Anti-gay Activists Threaten to Recall Mayor Annise Parker Over LGBT Non-Discrimination Bill

ParkerNext Wednesday, Houston’s city council is set to vote on a proposed ordinance to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity – an ordinance that already has opponents vowing to recall mayor Annise Parker and any city council members who support the non-discrimination policy.

KHOU reports:

Parker’s proposal has stirred up an unlikely coalition of conservative whites who never cared much for the mayor anyway and African-American ministers offended by the notion that sexual orientation is a civil right. Church leaders have rallied outside City Hall in opposition to the ordinance, focusing largely on the idea that it would allow transgendered people to decide whether to use men’s or women’s restrooms.

Watch a news report on the recall efforts, AFTER THE JUMP...

Among opponents of the ordinance is Houston Community College Board of Trustees member and longtime anti-gay activist Dave Wilson (R) who was behind the homophobic flyer campaign against Houston Mayor Annise Parker during her campaign for mayor a few years ago. 

ThinkProgress reports:

WilsonAccording to KHOU 11 News, Wilson said he and other opponents of LGBT equality might collect signatures to recall anyone who backs the proposal under the city charter’s recall provision to allow removal of officials in cases of “incompetence, misconduct, malfeasance or unfitness for office.” Wilson told the station, “we consider them to be incompetent,” as he believes passage of the law would violate state law. “This is absurd, it’s unheard of,” he said of the proposed protections, adding, “It’s nothing but pure payback for the mayor. She’s paying back her core constituents that supported her.”

Though the threat could scare off some support — just 2,500 signatures would be required to mandate a recall election for a city council member — recall expert Joshua Spivak noted on his Recall Elections Blog Saturday that the claim that this vote shows incompetence would “probably will be extremely difficult to hold up in court.” Indeed Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, and San Antonio all have already passed LGBT non-discrimination ordinances without incident.

Previously, "Mike Huckabee Launches Campaign Against Houston's Proposed LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance" [tlrd] 

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  1. Isn't Mr Wilson's recall action also a "payback" to his own supporters? Pot calling the kettle black.

    Posted by: simon | May 26, 2014 8:31:17 AM

  2. Another ignoramus tried the same recall ruse here in San Antonio last year when one of our City Council members pushed through the city's nondiscrimination ordinance. Went nowhere. Irate locals banded together to fight the blatantly homophobic petition. Fear not Annise, Houston's better angels have your back!

    Posted by: Bill | May 26, 2014 8:36:23 AM

  3. Good luck with your recall of one of the most popular Mayor's Houston has ever had......This guy is a nut and always has been.

    Posted by: dards | May 26, 2014 9:02:31 AM

  4. hell even San Antonio has an ordinance and they are still living in the eighties.

    Posted by: dards | May 26, 2014 9:06:23 AM

  5. Being bigoted is a waste of energy and money.

    Posted by: jason MacBride | May 26, 2014 9:52:01 AM

  6. @Jason MacBride, Being bigoted is a waste of TAX PAYER energy and money.

    If it were their own money, their own time on their own dime, you can bet most of this bullcrap hate speech would not be going around. But hey, they have to keep us busy with trying to control our personal lives, instead of course of facing real issues and dealing with you know, Politics.

    Posted by: JOEYW | May 26, 2014 10:15:21 AM

  7. Maybe if Dave Wilson (R) had to pay for the recall election when it loses, it might stop some of this nonsense.

    Posted by: JSB | May 26, 2014 10:21:15 AM

  8. Nothing like the Bible to bring Bigots together.

    Posted by: elwoodl | May 26, 2014 11:37:05 AM

  9. ...Wow..Simon, you are so right!...This fool is dumb enough to say that this is payback to those who supported her in her run for mayor.WTF???..Isn't that exactly what happens in most political whirlpools? Wasn't that what happened in
    2000-2008 under Bush's "Reign of Error" ..THOSE paybacks were pure hell and affected ALL of us.S. He desperately wanted in and Rove engineered a win..twice...The corps and the oil giants got their payback and most of us became worse off than before. This fool needs to drop this..N.O.W.

    Posted by: thom | May 26, 2014 1:48:09 PM

  10. The religious right has officially lost its mind over gay marriage and televised gay kisses. Now that they realize they're losing the culture war, they are desperate and more dangerous than ever. We need the gay mafia to stay vigilant and bold.

    Posted by: Richard | May 26, 2014 1:53:11 PM

  11. With Fred Phelps dead, other equally ridiculous haters are creeping out of the woodwork. Keep at it, boys. Decent people flee you in droves.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | May 26, 2014 2:27:24 PM

  12. No she is not all that popular. She is dangerous!!! Instead of infrastructure upgrades, she is pushing her perverted, deviant agenda. Streets are AWFUL, murder rates are SKYROCKETING. But this is a by product of the deviant mind that has sunken into full out perversion.

    Oh and Chuck, you will find out personally who will win the "culture war" in the very end. Laugh and squawk now, but answer for it on judgement day. Trust me, you WON'T win. And you think Houston is hot!!!

    Posted by: Disgusted | May 29, 2014 8:48:38 AM

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