Recently, a petition drive was started to overturn some new laws that the Houston City Council passed that made sexual distinctions irrelevant and even illegal.
The new laws are “being used by men to enter women’s restrooms on the grounds they consider themselves women.” The potential for abuse is enormous.
“The ordinance was adopted 11-6 by the Houston City Council on the insistence of lesbian Mayor Annise Parker, who has acknowledged it’s ‘all about me.’”
“The City Council’s approval prompted a mass exodus from the session of local black pastors who had come to speak against the ordinance.
“‘It was clear that enough council members had decided to vote with Annise Parker’s personal agenda over the clear will of the people and basic decency in this act of thumbing their nose at respected black clergy who represented all of us,’ he said.
“‘Our only way of showing that we understood what had happened and to respond effectively was to vote with our legs,’ he said.”
There has been support for these types of insane ordinances from President Obama. “The Obama administration is solidly behind the move to open locker room doors to some members of the opposite sex.”
In order to overturn what the Houston City Council did, “at least 17,000 signatures by REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE CITY OF HOUSTON” had to have been collected by Friday, June 27, 2014. The number was far surpassed. More than 50,000 signatures were collected.
Opposition tot he petition drive was nasty:
“[T]here have been reports of homosexual activists threatening and attacking workers gathering petition signatures.
“Trenton Pool said he was mugged and beaten outside a store while circulating petitions. His top petition gatherer, he said, was assaulted at a gas station.
“Another, he said, was the victim of a ‘gay’ activist who called police, charging that the petitioner was soliciting on private property. His car was towed while he was detained in the back seat of a squad car, according to Pool.”
“Political activist writer Scott Braddock has attacked opponents of the ordinance, writing an article at Quorum Report condemning social conservatives.”
Once the names are verified, the repeal of the ordinance would then go on the November ballot. As usual, the GOP leadership has not been much help. The petition drive has been a grassroots effort.
Four things should be kept in mind.
First, the 50,000 people who signed the petition must use their feet and time to go to the polls to vote. This primary season has shown that the complaining conservatives do just that — complain. They also need to vote.
Second, expect a legal challenge to the petition drive. Liberals will mount all types of obstacles to keep the referendum off the ballot in November.
Third, don’t expect much help from the GOP establishment. The Harris County Republican Party in Houston and new Chair Paul Simpson had been “very quiet on the issue.” Simpson “did send out one email opposing the ordinance shortly before the council vote but he hasn’t been a leader against it.”
Fourth, even if what the Houston City Council did is overturned by the voters, liberals will not stop. They will use the courts to overturn the will of the people.