The residents of Houston, Texas, have spoken loudly in opposition to a proposed ordinance granting special rights to homosexuals, lesbians, and transgenders.
The much-discussed ordinance, promoted by Mayor Annise Parker – an open lesbian – will face a final vote today before the city council. If passed, the supposed "equal rights ordinance" would provide special protections for the minority of residents practicing those lifestyles.
Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values explains the danger if the controversial pro-LGBT ordinance does gain approval.
"The results will be these laws will be used as a weapon to actually run over people's religious liberty rights, and so the meeting should be very interesting," he tells OneNewsNow.
"It's really hard to say what's going to happen and how the vote is going to go, but it certainly will be historic and have a big impact on the direction of Houston as we move forward."
Many Houston pastors have been very vocal in opposition to the ordinance – Dr. Ed Young of Second Baptist Church among them – as well as city residents. According to Saenz, many who oppose the measure want to know what's really behind it.
"... We found out what was really behind it at the last meeting," Saenz explains, "when the mayor finally admitted that the reason they were pushing this was about her personal life, when she said in her own words 'This is about me' when explaining the need for the ordinance."
Evidently many local residents are asking What about us? Texas Values reports more than 92,000 email messages have been sent to the city council in opposition to the ordinance. Saenz says "that should make it clear the ordinance should be voted down."
Members of the city council, including Mayor Parker, have been threatened with a recall should they vote in favor of the ordinance.