When news first hit that an openly gay woman had been elected mayor in Houston, Texas I had expected Armageddon to start. I mean isn't this what the extreme right has been preaching at us for years? Gay marriage will turn to marriage between man and dog. At least that's what former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania pronounced just a few short years ago.
I mean after all Houston is in the hotbed of extreme conservatism in the nation. George Bush and George W. Bush both hail from the state. Texas recently just banned same sex marriage. Houston, where Annise Parker was elected, voted a few years ago to deny benefits to same-sex partners of city workers, which means her partner of 19 years receives no benefits. Openly gays have been elected to office before but primarily in progressive states. This is an openly gay woman being elected to high office in a very conservative state. Remember this is the same state who's governor openly talked secession then later claiming he never suggested it even though it was on tape.
The bottom line here is that homosexuals and lesbians have been persecuted for who they love based on some very vague language in the Bible. Homosexuality is not a choice. Seriously, think on this. If homosexuality were truly a choice do you honestly think anyone in this country would choose to be gay? Throughout the years the percentage of people identifying themselves as homosexual or lesbian has remained constant at about 5-6% it hasn't risen it hasn't declined. If homosexuality was truly a choice that percentage would be more like a wave, sometimes up sometimes down.
Annise Parker has been in a relationship with the same woman for 19 years, that is statistically longer than most heterosexual relationships. The bottom line here however is that before being elected mayor Annise had served on the city council and as city controller. She has been elected to her positions six consecutive times, which means that the people that have elected here don't see her as a lesbian but a good public official.
There will be, no doubt, some off the color gay jokes and gay bashing in the comments section because of this blog, but if I didn't feel strongly about this subject I wouldn't post it. I'm looking for good debate here. If all you want to do is tell crude jokes and bash homosexuals I suggest you go elsewhere because you will be flagged. For the record my comment on the Bible was not a swipe or slam against the Bible or Christianity and should not be seen that way. But unfortunately there is a very small segment of our Christian population that rather enjoys taking small sections of the Bible and misconstruing those sections out of context to fit their political ideology. This is just one small case. I am in no way attacking Christianity. Most Christians adhere to the message that Jesus gave us to live in peace and help those less fortunate than ourselves.
I do openly admit that the beginning was very tongue and cheek and if you are offended by what I said at the top of this blog I apologize up front.
I hope that clears up any confusion. If it doesn't, ask me to clarify again and I will do my best.
Portions of this blog were taken from the CNN webpage on this story: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/12/13/houston.mayor/index.html
Just a bit of history to go along with this, nine years ago today Al Gore conceded the election to George W. Bush. Odd thing though I got this in a text from History.com I get a This Day in History every day and they have the date as being 2003 which was two years into Bush's first term. Oops on History.com's part.