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Human Rights Campaign President “Stunned” Over HERO Fail!

Houston Votes ‘No’ On A Major Anti-Discrimination Bill
Houston Votes ‘No’ On A Major Anti-Discrimination Bill

(Houston, TX)  Anti-LGBT activists in Houston succeeded in rolling back the crucial nondiscrimination protections for the city of Houston this November.

The election; as a result, left Houston with out local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, women, minorities, veterans, and many others.

“It’s almost unbelievable that this could happen in a vibrant and diverse city like Houston. And make no mistake: if we don’t double down on our commitment to equality today, we’ll face the same thing again and again in cities across the nation.” stated Chad Griffin, the national president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) passed the City Council last year, and forced onto the ballot by the Texas Supreme Court. Over the last few weeks, opponents fought with what HRC calls ‘shamelessly, misinformation and ugly lies’ about LGBT people in an effort to trick fair-minded voters into voting against HERO.

“Here in Texas we are going to keep up the fight for equality. And we are not going to let tonight’s loss in Houston set the tone for the upcoming year. We are counting on our faithful supporters like you to be there alongside us again for the tough battles ahead.” Griffin stated!

 

Houston Texan’s Owner Bob McNair Withdraws Support for Anti-Hero Campaign! Demands Return Of Contribution!

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

(Houston, TX) (AboutNEWS) The owner of the Houston Texan’s just released the following statement to About Magazine

“I recently made a personal contribution to Campaign for Houston because my thorough review of the HERO ordinance led me to believe that a thoughtful rewrite would provide a better ordinance that would provide strong non-discrimination protections for all Houstonians, which I would support, and would be less divisive of our city.”

“It was on these principles that I made my personal contribution to Campaign for Houston.  To my great dismay, Campaign for Houston made numerous unauthorized statements about my opposition to HERO in print, broadcast and social media – including attributing certain statements of belief to me.  Their actions and statements were never discussed with nor approved by me. Therefore I instructed the Campaign to return my contribution.”

“I do not believe in or tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind.  I also believe that we Houstonians should have an ordinance that unites our community and provides a bold statement of non-discrimination.  I encourage all Houstonians to vote on November 3.”

Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work together to change a small portion of events, and in the total of those acts will be written the history of our generation.”

Robert C. McNair

October 23, 2015

Michael Sam Endorses Houston’s Prop 1 Ordinance

Former NFL player Michael Sam has endorsed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

The first openly gay player to be drafted into the National Football League and Houston native has endorsed the Houston Equal Rights Oridiance. Prop1 is a measure that aims to prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in Houston and is set to come before city voters on Nov. 3 .

Michael Sam, a LaMarque, Texas, native, gained national attention after being drafted in the NFL, announced this morning his support via e-mail from the Human Rights Campaign.

“I know first-hand what it feels like to be unwelcome – to live an open and authentic life in a place where you can be ostracized or even discriminated against for simply being yourself.”

 

Sam says. “That’s why as a Texas native I was thrilled when Houston passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) last year…and equally disappointed when opponents petitioned for its repeal this year.

“I’ve seen what the opposition is doing and it’s revolting – launching ugly ads insinuating LGBT people pose a danger to the community,” Sam says. “They’re out in full force, trying to scare fair-minded Texans into voting against their LGBT neighbors.”

Pastor Against HERO Not A City of Houston Resident! Can Not Vote In Upcoming Election In Houston!

Pastor Steve Riggle (with bullhorn) addresses news media and the public at a heavily attended news conference.

(HOUSTON, TX) [About News] One of the more ‘outspoken’ pastors leading the campaign against Houston’s Equal Right Ordinance is not a city of Houston resident according to City and County records.

Stephen Riggle better known as ‘Steve Riggle’ is the founding pastor and currently the senior pastor of a Houston-headquartered megachurch, Grace Community Church, and is an executive member of the Houston Area Pastors Council, the organization leading the fight against H.E.R.O.

In order to vote in city elections, one must reside in the city. To run a campaign that supports discrimination, and attacks Houston’s openly lesbian mayor; all while hiding behind the ‘cloth;’ can do so from the plush confines of a lake front estate in another county, or state. All paid for by the ‘flock.’ voter Pastor Against HERO Not A City of Houston Resident! Can Not Vote In Upcoming Election In Houston!

Harris County voter records have both Stephen and his wife Rebecca “Becky” Riggle registered at 14814 Elk Hill Ct, Houston TX 77062, an address near his landmark church on the south side of Houston. Property records indicate he has never owned this home.

Becky, the wife of Steve, spoke in front of city counsel and told council member Ellen Cohn that “businesses have a right to refuse service to Jews.”

property Pastor Against HERO Not A City of Houston Resident! Can Not Vote In Upcoming Election In Houston!Texas driver’s license records indicate and register them at a lakefront-gated compound in Montgomery, Texas. Just one of the  multi-million dollar properties in the gated community the Riggle’s own according to county tax records.

Houston Association of Realtors (HAR) records show the luxury estate in Montgomery county valued at over $2 millions dollars. The home features 8,000 square feet, a lake front view, golf course, private dock for the ‘Lord’s’ yacht, and of course a private helipad.
Riggle and his wife are the subjects of a motion picture in production named “Between the Gates“, which highlights how God led them to safety when they were taken hostage after a prison break during a mission trip to the Philippines.