Just minutes after Houston’s Proposition One (HERO) failed at the polls, the saber rattling from proponents started.
Mayor Annise Parker called the people of Houston who elected her “intolerant.” And in reference to the democratic process Parker said: “This will have stained Houston’s reputation as a tolerant, welcoming global city. I absolutely fear there will be a direct economic backlash.”
Did she just scold the city that elected her three times?
Once it became clear that Proposition One would fail, activists on social media were already making plans to punish Houston:
By morning The New York Times echoed the familiar pattern: “Houston would lose tourism and convention business if the city had to repeal the ordinance and became known for intolerance, just as a backlash in Indiana over a religious-objections law led to convention cancellations and boycotts before that law was changed. Supporters worried that a repeal of the Houston ordinance could also jeopardize its selection as host city for the Super Bowl in 2017.”
Money and power were not a problem — supporters of HERO included President Obama, Hillary Clinton, and actress Sally Field who went to Houston last week to speak on behalf of the measure.
The Huffington Post reported that:
Advocacy groups like the Human Rights Campaign and the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas contributed the most on HERO’s behalf, according to the Houston Chronicle, spending more than $619,000 and $562,000, respectively… Conservative activists — were heavily outspent by LGBT advocates.
Houston voters did the right thing. This so called “equal rights” ordinance would have created sets of special privileges that would have turned accepted religious beliefs and other opinions into illegal “discrimination”.
Across the country, “equality” and anti-discriminant laws have been weaponized to put people out of jobs, into bankruptcy, and in jail for thought crimes — such as believing that marriage is one man and one woman or that men who “identify” as women are still men.
On Tuesday, however, Houston proved the system — when it is not manipulated or bought or bullied —works.