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Common sense and normality win in Houston

From the Pirate’s Cove:

Houston Voters Say No To Houston LGBT Ordinance

William Teach | November 4, 2015 – 7:26 am

A win for common sense and rationality:

(NY Times) A yearlong battle over gay and transgender rights that turned into a costly, ugly war of words between this city’s lesbian mayor and social conservatives ended Tuesday as voters repealed an anti-discrimination ordinance that had attracted attention from the White House, sports figures and Hollywood celebrities.

The City Council passed the measure in May, but it was in limbo after opponents succeeded, following a lengthy court fight, in putting the matter to a referendum.

The Times seems a bit upset that citizens would be allowed to vote on this.

Supporters said the ordinance was similar to those approved in 200 other cities and prohibited bias in housing, employment, city contracting and business services for 15 protected classes, including race, age, sexual orientation and gender identity. Opponents said the measure would allow men claiming to be women to enter women’s bathrooms and inflict harm, and that simple message — “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms” — was plastered on signs and emphasized in television and radio ads, turning the debate from one about equal rights to one about protecting women and girls from sexual predators.

In reality, this ordinance was all about pandering to the tiny LGBT community and the liberals who support them, and creating yet another class of people who are protected over others. There was nothing in this about equal protection. Strangely, the Times, like so many other news outlets, forgets to include the voting results. Let’s check the AP

There’s more at Mr Teach’s original.

The mayor of Houston, Annise Parker, is a lesbian, “married” to another woman,¹ and the people of Houston were aware of that fact when they elected her on 2009; she has been re-elected twice now, so it’s obvious that the voters in Houston don’t have a problem with that. Yet, with 95% of the vote counted, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was defeated by a very wide margin, 61% to 39%. Perhaps HERO’s supporters ham-handed attempt to subpoena the sermons of Christian pastors opposed to it² might have had something to do with the defeat.

But the most important component to the Houston vote was the attempt by the “progressives” to force normal people to comply with the demands of a mentally ill few. The ordinance would have allowed transsexual individuals to use the public restrooms of their choice, not of their biological sex, and the advertising campaign had images of adult males following little girls into the bathroom. Does this happen much? The supporters of HERO would tell you that no, it does not, but there have already been too many lawsuits by these mentally ill people to force normal people to go along with their delusions. And, as you would expect, the Obama Administration has sided not with the normal people, but the mentally ill ones, trying to force the public schools, where students, most of whom are minors, are legally compelled to attend, to allow transsexual students to use the restroom of their delusions rather than their sex. And Hillary Clinton tweeted her support for this junk:

The difference between Houston thrice electing a lesbian mayor and the landslide defeat of HERO is really pretty simple: Americans don’t really care than much about what other people do, as long as they keep it to themselves and don’t try to force it on others. But the homosexual/ transsexual rights movement is not, and will never be, happy with that distinction, and thus they feel the need to keep pushing, to try to force compliance by other people, to shove it down their throats. Had HERO exempted public restrooms, it might have even passed.

The problem with being nice, the problem with being understanding, of the left’s agenda, is that, given an inch, they will sue you for the mile, and demand that they can educate your children to agree to the next mile beyond that.
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Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.
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¹ – Though Miss Parker and Kathy Hubbard went through a legal marriage ceremony in California, I do not accept the cockamamie notion that two people of the same sex can be married, regardless of what the law and the Supreme Court might say, and thus the quotation marks.
² – Mayor Parker claimed to have been unaware of the subpoenas, and, of course I believe her!