We have come together to urge Houstonians to vote NO on Mayor Parker’s ordinance in the November 3rd city elections, because it would force our wives and daughters to share their restrooms, dressing rooms and locker-room showers with men. The ordinance gives new special privileges to two special interests, neither of which qualify as true “minorities” requiring special legal protection.
Mayor Parker’s ordinance is built on deception. It is not about protecting the rights of women, racial minorities, the disabled, elderly or military personnel. There are already important laws on the federal, state and local levels that protect such individuals from discrimination for employment, housing and access to public accommodations. The ordinance’s naming of these groups is a ruse in an attempt to hide the ordinance’s real purpose, which is to make “sexual orientation” and “gender identification” two new protected classes.
Campaign for Houston is made up of parents and family members who do not want their daughters, sisters or mothers forced to share restrooms in public facilities with gender-confused men, who – under this ordinance – can call themselves “women” on a whim and use women’s restrooms whenever they wish. This “bathroom ordinance” therefore is an attempt to re-structure society to fit a societal vision we simply do not share or can support.
The ordinance also limits free speech and religious expression in unprecedented ways so as to not “offend” these two new “protected” groups, both of which are defined by their behaviors - not by characteristics given to them at birth.
Mayor Parker’s subpoenas issued earlier this year to five pastors to produce all of their communications with their congregations, including their sermons, reveals the real purpose of this proposed ordinance. Her actions show the length to which Mayor Parker and her allies wish to force their beliefs onto all Houstonians, even if that means the rest of us will have to accept and affirm behaviors many of us might consider to be abhorrent or sinful.
The Parker administration’s deceptive tactics in attempting to pass this ordinance were exposed by two separate Texas Supreme Court decisions, which – first – forced her administration to accept the signatures of more than 52,000 voters to put the ordinance up for a vote on the November ballot and – secondly – rejected her initial deceitful ballot language, designed to confuse the voters.
We consider Mayor Parker’s ordinance to be an attack on the traditional family. In the interest of our children and our families, the men and women behind Campaign for Houston urge all Houston voters to oppose Mayor Parker’s bathroom ordinance by voting “NO” in the upcoming city elections on November 3rd.