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  • Watch: Houston Mayor Annise Parker Delivers Awesomely Hard-Hitting And Honest HERO Concession Speech

    In defeat, some politicians offer hope, some offer solace, some offer the hard truth. Mayor Annise Parker offered all three, and it was glorious.

    Tuesday night HERO, Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, was defeated by about 60 percent of the one-fourth of voters who decided to participate in the anti-trans fear-mongering effort led by the religious right. Or, as Mayor Annise Parker put it, "a very small but determined group of right-wing ideologues and the religionous right."

    Parker, who has served as Houston's mayor for almost the past six years, winning re-election twice, is something of a surprise in Southern politics. She's only the second woman to hold that office, and certainly the first openly-gay person to as well. As a member of Houston's city council and then as the city's comptroller, Parker earned a reputation for speaking harsh truths because they needed to be heard, and in the face of HERO's defeat Tuesday night, she did not waver.

    "I've been an activist for more than 40 years," Parker told supporters last night. "I have stood here in Houston four times when people were given the opportunity to vote on my rights."

    LOOK: Houston Voters Reject HERO After Despicable 'Bathroom' Scare Campaign

    "No one's rights should be subject to a popular vote," Parker said, to cheers and applause from the audience and from her supporters on stage, including HRC president Chad Griffin. "It is insulting, it is demeaning, and it is just wrong."

    "This was a campaign of fear mongering and deliberate lies. Deliberate lies. This isn't misinformation, this is a calculated campaign of lies designed to demonize a little-understood minority, and to use that to take down an ordinance that 200 other cities across America, and 17 states have successfully passed, and operated under."

    "They just kept spewing an ugly wad of lies from our TV screens and from pulpits. This was a calculated campaign by a very small but determined group of right-wing ideologues and the religionous right, and they know only how to destroy, not how to build up," Parker concluded.

    Texas GOP Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, who was among those who waged war against HERO, reveled in its defeat last night, issuing a press release, and telling reporters that HERO supporters are "out of touch with America."

    "The people," Patrick announced, "made it very clear this is not the kind of city they want to live in."

    He also slammed Parker, stating, "I'm disappointed that the Mayor could not be gracious tonight." 

    Watch Mayor Parker's speech:

     

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    Image: Screenshot via NewsFix Houston/Facebook

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    • commented 2015-11-05 08:31:35 -0500
      Liberalism fails again!! Owww

    • commented 2015-11-04 19:13:15 -0500
      They just need to pass the exact same piece of legislation again and put it on the 2016 ballot. Sad that the democrats could not get their butts out to vote…but with a presidential election this will pass easily. The republicans were banking on low democratic voter turnout.

    • commented 2015-11-04 17:03:40 -0500
      Such a setback…voter suppression definitely was a part of this too. Only in America where you can marry equally…but don’t go into the opposite sex bathroom EVEN IF IT’S AN EMERGENCY, AND TRY TO NOT GET BEAT UP OR KILLED BY BIGOTED OR RACIST IDIOTS.

    • commented 2015-11-04 17:02:33 -0500
      You idiots…this isn’t just about LGBT…this is about the rights and protections of more than 50% of the pop in TX….non-whites & atheists… Maybe you idiots need to step back and question…how did this get on the ballot with not enough signatures & $$??? This vote wasn’t a democratic vote, this was a plain and simple corrupt republic vote backed by corporate hate. The facts are all there….for people to ignore it is just so dumb…what a waste of the taxpayers $$$$ for all those ads that even kids will stand up and say that’s just plain wrong!!!

    • commented 2015-11-04 15:09:39 -0500
      The problem is certain people have no idea what an inalienable right is. A right is something not endowed by a governing body but something you are born with. There is no such thing as gay rights, Trans rights, male rights or female rights only human rights. You can’t assimilate freedom of speech or right to defend yourself in the same group as marriage or use whatever bathroom you want because of how you want to identify yourself in your head. It is not a right!

    • commented 2015-11-04 13:03:11 -0500
      So the city that elected Mayor Parker three times, and elected her as city controller before that with full knowledge of her being openly gay is now bigoted and homophobic because they voted down one ordinance? Her response to the HERO result is that of a petulant child. Completely lacking in class or dignity.

    • commented 2015-11-04 11:35:25 -0500
      Democrats are clueless; they think facts and reality matter in elections.

      The only thing that matters in American elections is photo ops and sound bites – nothing else. And Regressives create better photo ops and sound bites than Democrats because Democrats stupidly think facts are more important — and Regressives just lie.

    • commented 2015-11-04 11:10:19 -0500
      BRIANNA VARNER commented 1 hour ago
      I am going to look silly and sorta out of place doing my makeup in the men’s bathroom while wearing a dress. They need to beef up the laws protecting Trans* persons,

      Wouldn’t you look equally silly peeing standing up in the women’s bathroom ?

    • commented 2015-11-04 11:00:54 -0500
      So sad that HERO didn’t pass.

    • commented 2015-11-04 10:47:29 -0500
      FACT: Texas GOP Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is dumber than a box of hair inside a box of boxes. So is Abbott. They should hook up.

    • commented 2015-11-04 10:45:30 -0500
      FACT: Texas GOP Lt. Governor Dan Patrick is an inbred piece of trash.

    • commented 2015-11-04 09:58:48 -0500
      I am going to look silly and sorta out of place doing my makeup in the men’s bathroom while wearing a dress. They need to beef up the laws protecting Trans* persons

    • commented 2015-11-04 09:08:24 -0500
      Annise Parker hits it right on target. Sad that HERO isn’t law in Houston.

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