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Houston Activists Publish Names Of Anti-Gay Petition Signers

No Unequal Rights petition

After mayor Annise Parker signed Houston's HERO bill into law, it was just a matter of moments before anti-gay bigots started raising a stink and even got a petition started to reverse the measure. Some Houston activists decided to post the signatures that were applied to the petition online in an easy-to-browse database. Given that petition signatures are part of the public record, the activists are engaging in completely legal activity despite the fact that haters are not going to be pleased with the disclosure.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, Houston GLBT Political Caucus treasurer Noel Freeman - who was the one who made the request for the public records - had this to say about the actions being public shaming:

If somebody feels that they’re being publicly shamed by these petitions being online, I think that says more about them than it does about the people who are putting the petitions online. If you’re embarrassed that your political views are on public display, then maybe you should rethink your political views.

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  1. Cue the Andrew Sullivan's of our community declaring how unfair this is because it's "bullying people due to their sincerely held and genuine beliefs."

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 31, 2014 11:14:01 AM

  2. Loves it. Shame we can't get the names of NOM's 3 donors.

    Posted by: Sister Bertrille | Jul 31, 2014 11:14:39 AM

  3. Excellent !
    All the secret bigots exposed for what they are.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jul 31, 2014 11:17:50 AM

  4. Haters must not have the courage of their convictions.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Jul 31, 2014 11:20:33 AM

  5. I think this is awesome. In our digital age this is the new ACT UP!

    Posted by: Kyle | Jul 31, 2014 11:24:27 AM

  6. Nothing cleans the air better than a little sunshine.

    Posted by: Joe | Jul 31, 2014 11:35:06 AM

  7. @Little Kiwi, @Joe: SPOT ON!!!

    Posted by: HEN | Jul 31, 2014 11:40:38 AM

  8. "If you’re embarrassed that your political views are on public display, then maybe you should rethink your political views."

    Not merely their political views, but views they aim to impose on everyone else by force of law. That's why these are public records.

    Posted by: JJ | Jul 31, 2014 12:05:41 PM

  9. Love his quote!!!

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Jul 31, 2014 12:15:25 PM

  10. Lots of petition signers were not registered voters. If a person is not willing to participate in local elections then they show not express any comment on government/political activities.

    Posted by: Alan | Jul 31, 2014 12:40:24 PM

  11. I love that the first signed name we can see in the screencap is incorrectly filled in (last name first rather than last): backwards views AND poor reading skills.

    Posted by: Spiegel | Jul 31, 2014 12:54:54 PM

  12. Records on the Internet tend to live forever. I feel sorry for these bigoted idiots.

    Posted by: Jay | Jul 31, 2014 2:00:09 PM

  13. Bigots and bullies are always cowards, which is why they seek anonymity; online or otherwise. It's the white hood and cloak of the 21st century.

    Posted by: ipw | Jul 31, 2014 6:52:29 PM

  14. It's very hard to have any sympathy for the haters. However, I must question this tactic as it really could put a general chill on public participation on a variety of subjects.

    Posted by: Gay Guy | Jul 31, 2014 9:13:18 PM

  15. I think Richard Cocke might be a fake name.

    Posted by: scudpipe | Jul 31, 2014 9:41:26 PM

  16. It’s right to be ‘bigoted’ against homosexuality, lesbianism and transexuality (transexuals are mutilated gays) just as it’s right to be ‘bigoted’ against drug junkyism and cocaina smoking. Gays talk of homosexual/lesbian is a good thing, yet call people gay as an insult.

    Truth with homosexuality is any ideas, speculations and truths which offend homosexual groups is condemned as homophobia as there’s alot of ideology on this. With repair therapy for homosexuals/lesbians. Repair therapy for gays and lesbians who want to be straight must be available just as repair therapy must be available for a drug junky who wants to become clean. Yes, proof burden is on repair therapists, but if you aren’t going to have repair therapy for homsexuality/lesbianism, then you may as well not have repair therapy for drug junkyism or drunkardism, because it often fails.
    Finally, sex change maimings which is mutilating some1 to make them fake members of opposite sex is comparable to trying to make a man a fake animal because he thinks he is an animal trapped in a human body. Most feminists are not speaking against this. 1 would hope that feminists would oppose the mutilation that happened to Chastity Sun Bono as feminists have spoken against Female Genital Mutilation which happens in some nations. Transexuals are mutilations which no Dr. should take part in, yet most feminists are not condemning this female genital and breast mutilation as what happened to Chastity S. Bono where her healthy breasts were mutilated, dangerous hormone shots and her genitals mutilated.

    Posted by: funinsnow | Aug 1, 2014 7:37:49 AM

  17. Works both ways, remember when Scott Walker, Governors of Wisconsin was being recalled. Some state employees who signed the petition lost their jobs.

    Posted by: Two Way street | Oct 6, 2014 8:34:38 PM

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