How homophobic is the American Family Association's fake news site One News Now? In article about lgbts supposedly "recruiting" children (cue the spooky music), readers were invited to vote in the following poll:
I think it's safe to say that lgbts won't turn out the winners in this vote.
After nearly nine hours of discussion, punctuated by opponents
chanting outside City Hall and by emotional supporters' personal stories
of discrimination, the Houston City Council on Wednesday passed an
ordinance extending equal rights protections to gay and transgender
Public dissension has persisted for
weeks, but the final vote was 11-6, a count that matched guesses made
months ago when Mayor Annise Parker - the first openly gay mayor of a
major U.S. city - said she planned to bring the measure forward.
The approval was greeted with
applause from the audience, largely full of supporters by the time of
the vote, and chants of "HERO," for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. Opponents vow to gather the
signatures needed to trigger a referendum to repeal the law this
November, and others say they plan to seek recall elections against some
council members who supported the measure.
. . . The measure bans discrimination based not just on sexual orientation
and gender identity but also, as federal laws do, sex, race, color,
ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and
genetic information, as well as family, marital or military status. The ordinance applies to businesses
that serve the public, private employers, housing, city employment and
city contracting. Religious institutions are exempt. Violators could be
fined up to $5,000.
The ordinance vote gained nationwide attention and even commentary from groups such as the anti-gay Family Research Council as opponents threw out the standard memes of "bathroom bills" and "religious liberty," such as:
but those supporting the ordinance were firm and had their facts together:
Still, this issue is far from over. My guess is that opponents of the bill will continue to be stirred on by their homophobia, fears, and outside groups such as the Family Research Council. However, I also believe that Mayor Parker and the supporters of the ordinance are going to dig in and give them one hell of a fight.