Houston’s lawless lesbian mayor Annise Parker has been put in her place again by the Texas Supreme Court. This time it was over deceptive language used by her council in drafting the ballots for voters to decide on the unlawful ordinance of allowing mentally ill people, who believe they are the gender they are not, to use the bathrooms of the opposite sex in public places.
Previously, we reported that the court ruled in favor of the Church, who stood up against the mayor’s ordinance and lawfully petitioned the city for the ordinance to be put on the ballot last year, but the city acted deceptively to stop the measure from going on the ballot. However, in July of this year, the Texas Supreme Court sided with the Church against the mayor and the city.
“If the city council does not repeal the ordinance by August 24, 2015, then by that date the city council must order that the ordinance be put to popular vote during the November 2015 election,” the court ruled. “‘The power of . . . referendum . . . is the exercise by the people of a power reserved to them,’ and this power should be protected.”
Bob Unruh reports on the court’s ruling:
When the state Supreme Court ordered city officials to either repeal the ordinance or hold an election, the council determine the vote was to be for or against repeal rather than on the ordinance itself.
Now that move also has been shot down by the court.
“The charter clearly requires the vote to be on the ordinance itself rather than its repeal,” the state Supreme Court said in its Aug. 19 opinion.
“Here, the city council determined that voters should choose between ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ regarding the repeal of the ordinance. The charter, however, when read in conjunction with the Election Code, requires a choice of ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ (or ‘For’ or “Against’) as to the ordinance itself.
“Because the charter clearly defines the city council’s obligation to submit the ordinance – rather than its repeal – to the voters and gives the city council no discretion not to, we hold that this is a ministerial duty,” the court said.
That means, the court said, “the city council has a ministerial duty to submit the ordinance to an affirmative vote by the people of Houston.”
The pastors in the coalition said they were pleased the city’s residents finally will vote on the ordinance.
The newest language approved by the council, to correct the previous wording, is: “Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private employment and housing based on an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or pregnancy?“
The coalition of pastors, whose sermons were previously subpoenaed by the City of Houston, are happy for the ruling.
“Recognizing that Mayor Parker has attempted every possible means of silencing the voters of the city, repeatedly violating the law while doing so, we are pleased that ‘We the People’ will finally have the opportunity to speak on whether Houston should criminalize people of faith, suppress religious freedom and allow men in women’s restrooms,” said coalition spokesman David Welch.
“We believe that this ordinance reflects only a personal agenda by Mayor Parker and ‘my people’ as she describes the LGBT community and not what is good, just, decent and best for Houston,” Welch added. “However, we have been willing to put it before the people to decide and we will do all we can to make sure those who revere and respect our founding principles, God’s design of marriage and family and simply basic freedom get out and vote.”
The pastors had pointed out that Mayor Parker had been deceptive every step of the way in her opposition towards them and the courts have now ruled that has been the case. They even said the city failed to observe the city charter in the scheduling of an election for the ordinance. Additionally, Unruh pointed out “ruled Houston used deceptive ballot language, misleading voters into enacting a new fee on taxpayers in a separate case, and finally the city was ordered by a state judge to count petition signatures on yet another issue.”
This is the fourth time the mayor has been spanked and Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) said that she still will not “get straight with the law.”
“Taxpayers have a right to know that their money is not being spent to circumvent the law,” he said. “The recent ruling by the Texas Supreme Court continues to show that Houston does indeed have a problem.”
Bettencourt is petitioning Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick to allow for an investigation of the deceptive practices of the City of Houston. Meanwhile, Parker claims that it is not her and her colleagues who are being deceptive. She claims the pastors will “do anything they can to try to confuse the voters.”
This could have been avoided if the citizens of Houston had not put a woman in office who is engaging in the abominable practice of sodomy and allowed redefining of marriage against state law in Houston. They did it knowing that she was a lawbreaker. Now, they are having to stand up and deal with her lawlessness. As a good friend of mine aptly says, “Prevention is better than cure.” I’m glad to see that they are doing it and I encourage more of it. Don’t stop gentlemen, the gates of Hell won’t prevail against you when you stand and God will certainly vindicate you.
Courtesy of Freedom Outpost.