Anti-gay activists sends out anti-gay fliers in mayoral race

The same man who lead a successful campaign against expanding city employee benefits to unmarried and same-sex couples is now trying to knock Annise Parker out of the Houston mayoral race.
Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. If elected, Parker would become the first openly gay mayor elected to a major US city.
Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. If elected, Parker would become the first openly gay mayor elected to a major US city.

HOUSTON — The same man who lead a successful campaign against expanding city employee benefits to unmarried and same-sex couples is now trying to knock Annise Parker out of the Houston mayoral race.

Thirty-five thousand fliers were sent to Houston voters exhibiting Parker in 2004 being sworn into City Comptroller office with her partner, Kathy Hubbard, by her side. A headline near the image reads “Is this the image Houston wants to portray?”

Dave Wilson, a long-time gay rights opponent, is responsible for the fliers.

“There’s a cultural war going on in our society today,” Wilson said. “I feel that homosexual behavior is an affront to the family values of one man-one woman, and homosexual behavior, to any society that’s embraced it, has led to the extinction of that society.”

Wilson added that if Parker is elected, she may become a gay and lesbian cultural icon and an inspiration to others to enter politics.

“I think she is kind of a poster child for that movement,” he said.

Parker’s campaign declined to comment on the posters.

To read more about this story, visit The Houston Chronicle.

– Simon Husted

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