Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick last night celebrated the defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance #HERO which would have protected Houstonians from discrimination.
The bill’s defeat of course, was fueled by a right-wing campaign branding it “the bathroom ordinance” which scared voters by claiming it would allow sexual predators into women’s restrooms, and endangered the lives of children.
Said Patrick to supporters:
“I’m so proud of the voters of this city who turned out in record numbers, 2 out of 3, telling those who supported this including Hillary Clinton that you’re out of touch with America, you’re out of touch with you’re own party, you’re out of touch with common sense, you’re out of touch with common decency and I’m glad Houston led tonight to end this constant political correctness attack on what we know in our heart and our gut as Americans is not right.”
Patrick then attacked Mayor Annise Parker, who slammed the bill’s defeat and called the fearmongering religious right out on their “blatant lies.”
“I’m disappointed that the mayor could not be gracious tonight. I’m disappointed that in her waning hours of being in office she still divisive. But mayor, you are wrong. And the people of Texas spoke up in Houston and made it very clear that this is not the kind of city that they want to live in. And I hope those in public office in other party as we move forward understand that when it comes to common sense and common decency and what is right in our church and our families that we will not accept anyone telling us that wrong is right.”
Patrick then hugged his pastor and said, “When the church stands up, the black church, the brown church, or the white church, every denomination, and stands up and says this is who we are as a Judeo Christian nation, then we win.”