Mayor Parker has conceded that the ordinance would apply to men who seek to use women’s bathrooms. The city attorney has also admitted that the ordinance can be used to prosecute photographers and private business owners who choose not to participate in same sex ceremonies, when doing such causes them to violate their conscience and/or religious beliefs. With this vote, the Houston City Council has said that homosexual conduct trumps religious liberty and free speech.
“Today the Houston City Council voted to have homosexual conduct trump religious liberty and free speech with this ordinance,” said Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values Action. “This ill-advised power grab by Mayor Parker will be used a weapon to attack people of Christian faith, and that’s a shame.”Supporters of Texas Values Action sent over 110,000 e-mail messages in opposition to the ordinance have already been sent to the Council members in a matter of weeks, more than the 98,000 votes Mayor Parker received in her re-election in 2013.
Breitbart reports that there is now a movement to recall Mayor Parker.