Wave of anti-gay mailers attack Parker in Houston mayoral race
HOUSTON -- The man who successfully
pushed a city charter amendment barring benefits for the same-sex
partners of Houston city employees in 2001 has launched a wave of
campaign fliers that attack an openly gay candidate in the race for
Dave Wilson, an electrician who has spent years pestering incumbent
politicians of both parties, has turned his sights on Houston Controller
Annise Parker. He says that Parker should not be mayor because
"homosexual behavior leads to extinction."
Wilson says he is mailing the fliers to 35,000 Houston voters who
cast ballots both in the November mayoral election and in the 2008
Republican presidential primary. "I'd like to energize the conservative
Christian base in Houston, and get them to vote," he said.
In the flier, Wilson says "I have nothing but compassion, respect,
and sensitivity towards those trapped in homosexual behavior. I have
family members and friends who have been ensnarled in this behavior, and
I know something of the incredible pain and sorrow it has brought to
them and their families."
The flier features a photo of Parker standing beside her longtime
partner at a swearing-in ceremony after Parker had been elected as the
city's Controller six years ago. Over the photo is a headline that asks
"Is this the image Houston wants to portray?"
"I don't see a good family, a Christian family, one man, one woman,"
Wilson said. "It's a picture of her and her mate being sworn in in
public and that's the image I have a problem with."
11 News asked Wilson what he believes is wrong with the city having
an openly gay mayor. "The openly gay lifestyle leads to extinction," he
said. "You can't reproduce."
Edited by SamoneLenior - Nov 11 2013 at 9:54am