Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Allowing Houston Voters Chance to Repeal City’s Pro-LGBT Ordinance
“The homosexual political movement is a hate movement that discriminates against Christians….It is absurd to base minority status upon a person’s chosen behavior.”–Dr. Steven Hotze, Campaign For Houston
July 24, 2015
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Texas Supreme Court Decides in Favor of Houston Voters Mayor Parker’s (Un)Equal Rights Ordinance To Be Voted On In November
The Texas Supreme Court ruled today that “the legislative power reserved to the people of Houston is not being honored. The City Council is directed to comply with its duties, as specified in the City Charter, that arise when the City Secretary certifies that a referendum petition has a sufficient number of valid signatures. Any enforcement of the [Equal Rights] ordinance will be suspended…If the City Council does not repeal the ordinance by August 24, 2014, then by that date the City Council must order that the ordinance be put to popular vote during the November 2015 election.” In Re Jared Woodfill, Texas Supreme Court, No. 14-0667, p. 11-12 (July 24, 2016)
“He who says to the wicked, “You are righteous, “peoples will curse him, nations will abhor him, but to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight, and a good blessing will come upon them.” (Proverbs 24:24–25)
Last year, Houston’s lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, and the Houston City Council passed an ordinance that violates religious freedom of businesses and individuals, grants minority status to those who choose to participate in homosexual activities and allows men, if they claim to be transgender or feel like they are a woman that day, to use women’s public restrooms and locker rooms. This is the reason that the ordinance was known as the ‘Sexual Predator Protection Act’ by the opponents of the ordinance.
The Houston City Charter requires only 17,169 signatures [to repeal an ordinance or put it up to a popular vote]. Almost 55,000 signatures were collected on petitions to allow the people an opportunity to vote on this very important issue. Anna Russell, the City Secretary, certified that there were adequate signatures but Parker refused to accept them.
“Mayor Parker arrogantly ignored the will of the people and the city charter, and unlawfully rejected the petitions,” said Dr. Steven Hotze, President of Campaign for Houston.
Jared Woodfill, Steven Hotze, M.D., Rev. F.N. Williams, Sr. and Rev. Max Williams then filed suit against Parker,Woodfill v Parker. During the course of the litigation, Mayor Parker issued subpoenas to several pastors who were not parties to the litigation, ordering them to turn over all communications regarding the ordinance, the mayor, homosexuality, and other related topics, including sermons regarding these topics.
After a month of trial, Democrat Judge Robert Schaffer ruled in favor of the city and against the people, denying Houstonians an opportunity to vote on this issue. Fortunately, the Texas Supreme Court quickly reviewed Judge Schaffer’s decision and concluded he was wrong and that Mayor Parker had broken the law. Despite Mayor Parker’s efforts to keep her personal, pro-homosexual agenda from the people, Houstonians will now have an opportunity to vote on this ordinance in November.
“The Texas Supreme Court is to be commended for upholding the rule of law and giving the citizens of Houston the right to vote and overturn Parker’s ‘Sexual Predator Protection Act’ this November,” said Dr. Hotze.
“Parker owes Houstonians an apology for trying to deny them their right to vote. Significant financial resources were needlessly spent on this lawsuit by me and the other plaintiffs,” stated Woodfill, former Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party from 2003-2015.
The city of Houston is potentially liable for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees.
“We must now prepare for the battle to defeat the homosexual political movement that seeks to bring sexual and moral anarchy to our city, state and nation. The homosexual political movement is a hate movement that discriminates against Christians. Mayor Parker and her liberal allies will do everything they can to promote the homosexual political movement at the ballot box this November. Houstonians will have the opportunity to stop the homosexual political movement in its tracks,” stated Dr. Hotze.
No one should be given minority status based upon their personal choice to participate in homosexual activities. It is absurd to base minority status upon a person’s chosen behavior. It is also unimaginable that men who are transvestites would be allowed to enter women’s public restrooms, showers or locker room facilities. We must protect our wives, daughters and granddaughters from being exposed to the threat of sexual predators.
“Through God we shall do valiantly, and it is He who will tread down our adversaries.” (Psalm 108:13)
Sincerely yours for Constitutional liberties, and the Biblical principles upon which they are based,
Steven F. Hotze, M.D.
Steven F. Hotze, M.D.
Conservative Republicans of Texas
P.O. Box 75190
Houston, Texas 77234
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