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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.

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?’