Homophobia in Houston: Mayoral candidate Annise Parker hit with ugly anti-gay mailer

Houston is having a runoff in its mayoral election on December 12th. The two candidates are Annise Parker, a long-time city councilor, and Gene Locke, a lawyer. This is a non-partisan election. Both candidates are Democrats, but Parker is also a lesbian. She wants to put “Houston First,” however, others want to put homophobia in the forefront.

Via Towleroad:

The homophobic attacks against Houston mayoral candidate Annise Parker have begun, and the first is a doozy. It’s a postcard mailing to 35,000 people from local activist Dave Wilson featuring a picture of Parker and her longtime partner, which asks, “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?” and reads:
“I have nothing but compassion, respect and sensitivity towards those trapped in homosexual behavior. I have family members and friends who have been ensnared in this behavior, and I know something of the incredible pain and sorrow it has brought to them and their families. With God’s grace, I carefully balance this love and respect for these individuals with warnings about the promotion and demand for legal and political approval for homosexual behavior that will stifle religious freedom and trap millions of more people in its deadly grip. Therefore, I would ask you to vote against Annise Parker for Mayor.”

Andy also posted the images of the hateful post card. Sick stuff.

Annise needs help to fight the hate.


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