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.
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– Simon Husted