Houston Ordinance Attacks Religious Liberty, Committee Hearing Today
Houston, TX, April 30, 2014 – Today, a Houston City Council committee will have a public hearing regarding Mayor Annise Parker’s proposed wide-reaching LGBT ordinance that she plans to fast track into law within the next two weeks. The proposed ordinance is a threat to public safety, Christians, and the private sector of Houston. The ordinance would give government new power to force private individuals and businesses to affirm homosexual conduct and actual or perceived “gender identity” or face serious criminal penalties, will allow men access to women’s bathrooms and locker rooms and some provisions may also be enforced against churches.
A similar ordinance was proposed by the City of San Antonio last year and resulted in months of hearings that drew sharp national and statewide criticism of the dangerous ordinance and resulted in thousands of local residents testifying against the legislation. Opposition to the ordinance was bipartisan.
Texas Values Action president and attorney, Jonathan Saenz, released the following statement:
“This proposed Houston ordinance is an attempt to use executive power to force private citizens to violate their religious beliefs and put themselves and their children at risk. It’s bad for business, bad for liberty, and bad for Houston.”
The ordinance will be presented to the City Council’s Quality of Life Committee tomorrow, April 30 at 2 PM and for consideration by the full council on May 7. If approved, the ordinance would go into effect immediately. Numerous faith and local community leaders are expected to speak out against the proposed LGBT ordinance.
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