In a fear-mongering, pandering tweet, anti-gay Texas Gov. Greg Abbott came out against Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance on Monday,
“HOUSTON: Vote Texas values, not @HillaryClinton values. Vote NO on City of Houston Proposition 1. No men in women’s bathrooms,” Abbott wrote.
Last week, Clinton came out in support of the ordinance. In publicly opposing HERO, Abbott joins Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, who paid $70,000 for a TV ad opposing the ordinance, which will appear on Tuesday’s ballot.
As attorney general, Abbott vigorously defended the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. He also opposed San Antonio’s nondiscrimination ordinance in 2013, even though it had a carveout for restrooms and similar facilities.
“I oppose the proposed ordinance because it would not prevent discrimination, but impose it: stifling speech, repressing religious liberty, and imposing burdens on those who hold a traditional view on human relations,” Abbott said at the time. “The proposed ordinance runs contrary to the Texas Constitution, which prohibits religious tests, and also defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman. … Although the proposal has been couched in terms of liberty and equality, it would have the effect of inhibiting the liberty of expression and equality of opportunity for San Antonians.”
Abbott’s opposition to HERO isn’t going over too well on Twitter:
— Memeographs (@memeographs) November 2, 2015
.@GregAbbott_TX it's sad a leader like you'd knowingly spread a lie. Houston's Proposition 1 is about protecting people from discrimination.
— John Chapa Gorczynski (@JCGorczynski) November 2, 2015
@GregAbbott_TX If someone is willing to commit sexual assault, do you really think a stick figure in a dress on the door will stop them?
— Whiskeyprayer (@Carsonraml) November 2, 2015
— Giorgio “watch my documentary” Angelini (@giorgieangelini) November 2, 2015
.@GregAbbott_TX so, discrimination is a Texas value? Actually, it is for a lot of us, I guess, but I'm just as Texan as u and I dissent.
— spooky year round (@PossibleMermaid) November 2, 2015