Following widespread criticism, including a nationwide protest, that followed Houston’s issuance of subpoenas against city churches sharing a Bible-based message of sexuality, Mayor Annise Parker announced Wednesday that the pursuit has been halted.
As part of a lawsuit regarding an ordinance that would provide special treatment for sexual deviants, city attorneys attempted to force Houston pastors to hand over sermons dealing with the issue. The rapid response of those who deemed the action as a violation of religious liberty prompted the openly gay Parker to reduce the scope of the subpoenas already filed.
According to reports, she has since decided to call off the entire controversial endeavor. The Democrat mayor made it clear, however, that her change of heart had nothing to do with the complaints she has received in recent weeks.
“I didn’t do this to satisfy them,” she asserted. “I did it because it was not serving Houston.”
Her ultimate objective of passing the gay rights bill in question, she concluded, has not changed.
“It is extremely important to me to protect our Equal Rights Ordinance from repeal,” she said, “and it is extremely important to me to make sure that every Houstonian knows that their lives are valid and protected and acknowledged.”
She said that city staff will “continue to vigorously defend our ordinance against repeal efforts.”
As Western Journalism reported this week, a call by conservative figures including former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee resulted in Parker’s office receiving as many as 1,000 Bibles from critics nationwide.
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