Instead of acquiescing to the imposition of special homosexual rights and transgender privileges Houston resisted.
The vote was overwhelming: sixty-one percent to thirty-nine percent. I think that counts as a landslide against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.
The Associated Press reports,
Supporters of the ordinance said it would have offered increased protections for gay and transgender people, as well as protections against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion and other categories.
Opponents, including a coalition of conservative pastors, said it infringed on their religious beliefs regarding homosexuality. But in the months leading up to Tuesday’s vote, opponents focused their campaign on highlighting one part of the ordinance related to the use of public bathrooms by transgender men and women that opponents alleged would open the door for sexual predators to go into women’s restrooms.
Democratic Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is gay, blamed the rejection by voters on opponents’ “bathroom ordinance” campaign, which she called “fear mongering” and part of an effort to demonize the LGBT community.
“This was a calculated campaign by a small, very determined group of right-wing ideologues and the religious right, and they only know how to destroy and not how to build up,” Parker told a crowd of more than 100 people at an election night watch party in downtown Houston.
Parker is escaping into a delusion to evade the stark reality. She is the one representing the “small, very determined group of left-wing ideologues” and she only knows “how to destroy and not how to build up.” After all she is “building” nothing but a nest of new laws and regulations to coerce people. She is destroying freedom. Her opponents are defending natural society (or really, Christian society).
And they are obviously not a small group but rather a large majority. And they don’t “oppose transgender rights.” They simply don’t believe that transgender is real—or that it is any different from self-harm, anorexia, or purging. Such people need intervention and counseling, not a “right” to use the wrong bathroom.
Trangenderism can be imposed in the military, public schools, and other kind of prisons, but it gets voted down in flyover country.