NOTE: Mayor Annise Parker is just one voice in a national campaign against traditional marriage and moral values, led by President Barak Obama:
· Obama Proclaims June LGBT Pride Month; Celebrates Evolving Attitudes
· Obama Defends Same-Sex Marriage on 'The View'
· Black Pastors Demand Meeting with Obama
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- On January 20, 2012,
Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced in a Washington D.C. press
conference her role as co-chairman of “Mayors for Freedom to Marry”,
calling for “freedom of same-sex couples to marry” nationwide.
- On February 14,
2012, Mayor Parker personally participated in a rally at the Harris County
Clerk’s office and issued a “city proclamation honoring ‘Freedom to Marry
Day,’ again using the power of her office as mayor to promote same sex
- The voters of Texas In
2005 approved state Proposition 2 by a 76 percent margin (72 percent in
Harris County), amending the Texas Constitution to add in Article 1,
Section 32 the following language:
(a) Marriage in this state shall consist only of the union of one man
and one woman.
This state or a political subdivision of this state
may not create or recognize any legal status identical or similar to
marriage. (Added Nov. 8, 2005.)
- The vote in support
of protecting the definition of marriage in Harris County
was strongest in the Black and Hispanic communities, crossing ethnic and
- Mayor Parker took an
oath of office to uphold and defend the Constitution of the State of Texas. Her actions against marriage are not as
a private citizen but as an elected official.
- We are simply asking
that she abide by her oath of office and publicly agree to uphold marriage
as defined in our state constitution.
If she cannot do so, we ask her to resign from office to freely
follow the dictates of her conscience as a private citizen.
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