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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.

False Anti-HERO Ad Drags Local ABC Affiliate KTRK Into Fight!

False  Anti-HERO Ad Drags Local ABC Affiliate KTRK Into Fight!

The Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick in the 30-second paid spot tells viewers that the City of Houston Prop One is not about equality. “That is already the law of the land. It’s about allowing men in women’s locker rooms and bathrooms.”-

The second ad uses, without permission; video footage of a ABC 13 news cast. The video which shows Mayor Annise Parker saying “This just doesn’t happen!”  Relating to transgender women following woman into the rest room to do them harm. No word yet if ABC 13 plans to seek legal action.

The video shows a 2012 incident out of Dallas, Texas where a transgender woman was ticketed for using a restroom at a hospital. The transgender woman, who is a registered sex offender, a crime dating back to 1990.

The ad attacks the transgender woman, but makes no mentions the case was dismissed and the woman did nothing except use the restroom.

Houston Unites, the group supporting the HERO ordinance, according to ABC 13 says in that case Witherspoon was a victim of discrimination. Fran Watson, a spokesperson for the group, stated that voters ought not be making a choice about restrooms at all.

“Proposition 1 is for all Houstonians. We have 15 groups that is protected: race, sex, color, national origin, veteran’s status, pregnancy. We’re saying that real Houstonians are facing discrimination. We want to make sure we have this ordinance out there for those Houstonians.”

HERO stands for Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. It is on the current ballot for voters in the City of Houston as City of Houston Proposition 1. It would allow 15 different groups of Houstonians to complain about discrimination at City Hall as opposed to filing a federal lawsuit, which is currently the only option available.

 

Did The Houston Texans Owner Violate NFL Discrimination Policy By Supporting Anti-HERO Ordinance

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

“It is the policy of the National Football League to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.”

 

(HOUSTON, TX) Houston Texans’ owner, and devoted christian Robert McNair has joined the ranks of Lance Berkman, donating $10,000.00 to the Anti-Houston HERO campaign. [Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance] on the heels of going to the polls. But; does this donation violate the NFL’s policy on discrimination?

Campaign for Houston spokesman Jared Woodfill said the donation “was very exciting for us.” Relating to McNair’s check earlier this week.

(Update) Robert McNair has released the following statement.

“Houston is a city known for the diversity and exceptionalism of its hard working people. We are also a city that works to ensure that everyone is treated respectfully and fairly.” McNair stated in a statement released through the Houston Texans.

“I strongly believe that everyone who lives or works in or visits Houston should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Because of the way the HERO ordinance is written, it has begun to separate rather than unite our community. This problem can be solved by defeating the current bill in November, thoughtfully rewriting it and then resubmitting it to the voter,” McNair said.

“Bob and Janice have always taken their roles as Christian stewards very seriously” a sentence from the McNair Foundation website reads. Mr. McNair is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award.- The nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency.

It’s not the first time the Houston Texans’ have been accused of discrimination. The Texan’s were scorned by the NFL over their refusal to select Michael Sam in the first overall draft pick.

“Coaches, General Managers and others responsible for interviewing and hiring draft-eligible players and free agents must not seek information concerning or make personnel decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation”- a memo issued by the NFL.

This includes asking questions during an interview that suggest that the player’s sexual orientation will be a factor in the decision to draft or sign him. Stated an internal memo from the NFL relating to the leagues sexual orientation anti-discrimination and harassment policy guidelines. All factors that would be covered in HERO.

The anti-HERO campaign is currently targeting women in first radio ads where speakers rail against anti-discrimination law that is on the November ballot. Most critics of the law, largely Christian conservatives, object to the non-discrimination protections it extends to gay and transgender residents — one of the 13 other protected groups.

Mayor Annise Parker, has warned that repealing the law could damage the city’s economy and could jeopardize high-profile events such as Houston’s 2017 Super Bowl.

“The HERO supporters have tried to scare people into believing that we would lose the Super Bowl,” Woodfill said. “Obviously, if there were any truth behind that, Bob McNair wouldn’t’ be donating to the folks that are opposed to the ordinance.”

Houston Lifestyles Magazine once wrote that Houston was truly blessed to have the McNair family relating to an article of the giving nature of the McNair family. “Robert and Janice McNair are very giving and sincerely care about their fellowman,” the article rattles. “The McNairs are a true class act, a witness for their Christian faith, and true leaders in every sense of the word.” But is supporting a cause against protecting thirteen different classes from discrimination really caring about the ‘fellowman?’

Exclusive: Lane Lewis From Party Chair To City Council

Lane Lewis on the cover of about magazine in houston

Lane Lewis has been in politics for nearly 30 years in the Houston and Harris County Area. At age 19, Lewis spoke for the first time in front of Houston City Council, and since then, he has been working as an educator, activist, organizer, and politician.
At age 21, Lewis put his Social Work license to work as a crisis intervention specialist for a treatment facility in the Medical Center that specialized in LGBT issues. His work led him to the Houston LGBT Caucus where he met and become friends with prominent local activists and mentors like Ray Hill, Sue Lovell, and Annise Parker.

He learned quick how to get things done and was appointed to numerous committees for the City of Houston Health and Human Services, Houston Police Department, and many others.

“The two things I am most proud of, the youth center I started and MY work on LGBT equality.”

At about age 22, he co-founded a youth center to provide services and shelter to homeless and thrown away LGBT youth. The organization, founded in the early 1990’s, lasted only two years after Lewis left the board, but had already served and saved hundreds of kids (one of which was a young man that was eventually adopted by Annise Parker and her wife Kathy Hubbard).

His work to save homeless LGBT youth had a huge impact on the lives of many, but his work with LGBT issues and human rights eventually led him to focus on one statue in particular. Lane’s work on 21.06 would forever change the National landscape for all LGBT Americans; Texas Penal Code 21.06 made LGBT sex illegal.lane-lewis-cover-about-magazine-666x1024 Exclusive:  Lane Lewis From Party Chair To City Council

In 1999, when Lewis got his hands on the police report from John Lawrence and Tyron Garner’s arrest regarding their alleged violation of Texas’ “Sodomy Law,” he knew it was what he had been looking for, but he first had to convince the defendants that being part of history was the right decision, rather than pleading their case out. The men agreed and Lane set out to find them an attorney. After talking to local activists everyone agreed that the men had a case and Mitchell Katine should be their lawyer. “The reason I called him is, from the very beginning, I didn’t want this to be my case,” Lewis says. “This was a community case. Mitchell was well liked in the community and had spent years giving away his legal services and helping others.” The case went on to the U.S. Supreme Court as Lawrence v. Texas, possibly the most prominent victories in gay-rights history and it paved the way for Marriage Equality.

As Lewis began to advocate for more issues, he decided to run for office. After making a close, but unsuccessful attempt at Houston City Council in 2009, he decided to become involved in local Democratic politics where he was elected Chair of Senate District 15 in 2010. After a successful tenure of getting out democratic voters, he successfully ran for Harris County Democratic Party Chair in 2011. As the party chair he has emphasized mail-ballot voting. Prior to Lewis Democrats would lose to Republicans mail ballots at around 60%. “With those numbers, we practically lost all the races before the polls even opened,” Lewis says. In his tenure as County Chair, Lewis has leveled the field when it comes to mail ballots. In 2014, Lane designed a program that narrowed the gap to 2% and has made a myriad of improvements to the Democratic infrastructure in Harris County.

Lane has been an outspoken voice for equality and justice for 25 years and urges everyone to vote Yes on Prop. 1 (H.E.R.O ordinance).

Lane Lewis is currently the Chair of the Harris County Democratic Party and he is running for a Houston City Council At Large Position 1.

Early voting begins October 19th – October 30th and Election Day is November 3rd.

More information can be found at www.LaneLewis.com

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