The passing of HERO would express that Houstonians are content with the mayor abusing her power in office. Annise Parker, our openly lesbian mayor, is serving her final term this year in Houston. She has made it her goal to establish an ordinance in Houston that prohibits discrimination against 15 categories that particularly includes gender identity, sexual orientation, and gender orientation. Annise Parker’s active agenda is “pushing the city ordinance to protect gay rights, which [consequently] has landed the city in a court battle that attracted national attention” (Thompson). “I 've been a lesbian activist for 40 years. And it 's hard to break a habit... I have been saying for 40 years [that] there is no such thing as a gay agenda. But I 'm here to tell you that that is not true” (Becker). The ordinance the mayor signed into law was not an issue. The act of discreetly inputting her personal agenda into the ordinance,...
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...nance is redundant because these categories are protected by federal and state laws. It also allows a loophole for registered sex offenders to enter women’s bathrooms on their behalf which endangers women and children. The mayor is abusing her power to push personal agendas upon the city of Houston. The reason this ordinance should not pass and people of Houston should oppose HERO is to show retaliation of someone in office overstepping boundaries; not because the city of Houston is intolerant and discriminatory. The people of Houston should not be content with the passing of this ordinance because it hands out permission to the mayor to push her beliefs to give special privileges particularly to the LGBT community. So opposing the ordinance and voting no on the ballots will prove that the people of Houston will not tolerate any elected official to abuse their power.
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