Homophobic citizens from a Texas town are on a mission to undo a nondiscrimination ordinance passed last month that protects LGBT people from being unfairly targeted because, well, why not?
The Texas Pastor Council of Plano, TX sent out a press release bragging about a petition it has started to strip the city’s law books of its nondiscrimination ordinance passed last month by the Plano City Council. The ordinance bans unfair treatment in employment, housing and public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
According to the Texas Pastor Council, the petition has already garnered 5,500 signatures.
“In spite of the challenges created by the suspect timing of the City Council’s passage of this ordinance, we set a goal to collect twice the minimum number of signatures needed,” a spokesperson for the hate group said in a press release. “We want to send a clear message to Mayor LaRosiliere, and Councilmen Miner, Davidson, Smith, and Downs who all voted for this ordinance. You can ignore the citizens at the City Council meeting, but we will make our voices heard with this petition and next May at the polls.”
Since everything’s bigger in Texas, the proposed measure the hate group hopes to get on this spring’s ballot won’t just nullify Plano’s non-discrimination ordinance. If passed, it will also nullify similar ordinances in Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio, affecting roughly 7.5 million Texans, more than one-quarter of the state’s entire population.
“We are certain that once Plano citizens realize the City Council has criminalized religious views about sex and gender, the ordinance will be rejected overwhelmingly at the polls,” the spokesperson said. “The citizens of Plano are good and decent and treat one another with respect, so criminalizing the beliefs of our diverse communities of faith does not advance the common good.”