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. Continue Reading