Pastors Attack Mayor Parker’s Transgender Policy

Last week Houston Mayor Annise Parker issued an executive order expanding the city’s anti-discrimination policy to include transgendered individuals.

The Houston Area Pastor Council has issued a statement opposing the new policy.  The group is also considering potential legal options.

Mayor Parker is in Indianapolis making plans for the NCAA Final Four, which will be held in Houston next year.

Houston Mayor Launches Attack on Decency

Houston clergy stand together in defense of women’s protection and family values

Houston, TX – An inter-racial, inter-denominational coalition of Houston clergy has called upon Mayor Annise Parker to rescind her recent executive orders adding sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression as protected classes in Houston.  Parker issued executive orders 1-08 and 1-20 last week that among other results open women’s restrooms to men.

“We are appalled but not surprised that this mayor has so early in her administration proven that we were right in asserting before the election that her sexual preference is central to her public policy.  Her reprehensible actions to open women’s restrooms to men make our case and expose her pre-election denials as fraudulent,” stated Dave Welch, Executive Director of Houston Area Pastor Council (HAPC). “The voters of Houston overwhelmingly passed ballot measures in 1985 and again in 2001 prohibiting the extension of these special rights based on sexual behavior.  She is now acting by decree to impose her agenda in direct contrast to those votes.”

The pastors’ organization is reviewing the language of the executive orders as well as considering a variety of legal, political and community actions.  “Forcing women in particular using city facilities to be subjected to cross-dressing men invading their privacy is beyond the pale and offensive to every standard of decency,” said Pastor Steve Riggle, senior pastor of Grace Community church and an Executive Committee member of HAPC. 

Pastor Hernan Castano, senior pastor of Iglesia Rios de Aceite and a member of the Executive Committee of HAPC also raised the challenge of applying definitions to these new categories as fundamentally open-ended.  “There are currently no legal boundaries of either of these two new categories of minority status, unlike the color of a person’s skin, their biological gender or religious faith.  Protecting ‘expression’ and ‘identity’ are designed to drop the bottom out of our moral foundation,” he asserted.  Pastor Castano also pointed out that, “This is not only morally wrong it exposes the city and therefore the taxpayers to endless litigation and expenses.  It is irresponsible and indefensible.”


Houston Area Pastor Council is an inter-racial, inter-denominational coalition of senior pastors and churches throughout the greater Houston area and is part of Texas Pastor Council and U.S. Pastor Council.

One Response

  1. What a bunch of hateful unchristian religious fools creating hysteria over bathrooms and the transgendered.

    It is just ridiculous, and what we expect to hear again and again from the Houston Area Pastor Council and these extremist Christian goons on their mission to crimininalize homosexuality in America – the American Taliban religious right. NO morals!

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