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Pastors Council accuses Mayor
Annise Parker of violating oath
Mayor Annise Parker has been quite vocal on
the issue of marriage equality lately. Last month
she co-chaired the bi-partisan "Mayors for the
Freedom to Marry." On Tuesday, Feb. 14 — Valen-
tine's Day — she greeted marriage equality ac-
tivists in front of City Hall, declaring it "Freedom to
Marry Day" in Houston (an action that carried no
Of course the Houston Area Pastor Council is
riled up about all this talk of "freedom" and "equal-
ity." In a statement released Wednesday, HAPC
characterized Parker's actions as a "declaration of
war on the traditional family." Former mayoral can-
didate and HAPC president Dave Welch (who fa-
mously once claimed that the solution to the AIDS
crisis was to "shoot the queers") said, "The battle
lines are drawn again as [Mayor Parker] proves her
contempt for the churches of the city, the tradi-
tional family and our state Constitution."
The statement from HAPC also claims Parker
"violated her oath of office to uphold and defend
the Constitution of the State of Texas" by advocat-
ing for the legal recognition of same-sex couples,
which 'is prohibited under the Texas Constitution.
HAPC may want to check out the Houston May-
oral Oath of Office before making such accusa-
tions, because this is the oath Parker took when
she assumed office: "I, Annise Parker, do solemnly
swear that I will faithfully execute the duties of the
office of mayor of the city of Houston of the state
of Texas, so help me God."
Absolutely nothing about upholding or defend-
ing the Constitution of the state of Texas, just a
promise to execute her duties and a prayer for
God's assistance. The city charter says nothing
about the mayor having a duty to uphold the Texas
Constitution. So, considering that the mayor's oath
was to execute her duties, and the charter doesn't
say that she has a duty to not criticize the state, it's
hard to imagine how advocating for marriage
equality would violate her oath of office.
But let's assume that Parker had sworn to up-
hold the state Constitution. Members of the state
Legislature and statewide elected officials like the
governor do take that oath. If we follow the logic of
the HAPC, those individuals would be violating
their oaths of office if they publicly advocated
Changing what the Texas Constitution has to say
about marriage. Which is interesting because in
2005 a majority of state legislators and Gov. Rick
Perry did just that when they pushed through the
constitutional amendment that currently prohibits
marriage equality. By the arguments of Dave Welch
and the HAPC all of those individuals should be re-
moved from office for violating their oath.
I'm starting to like where this is going ...
— Daniel Williams
Israel Luna's 'Ouija Experiment'
screens at the In wood Theatre
Israel Luna is used to working just as hard get-
ting his movies to his public as making them —
such is the life of the independent filmmaker. His
Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives made it to the
Tribeca and other film fests, but he's taken an old-
school roadshow approach to his latest, The Ouija
Without a distributor, Luna has been taking the
print of his low-budget horror film around the
country himself, showing it wherever there's an au-
dience. And what better audience than his home-
town for a traditional midnight screening? Ouija will
show Friday and Saturday nights at the Inwood —
fitting, since the movie was shot locally.
— Arnold Wayne Jones
Gay basketball league launches
With all the sports leagues in the LGBT commu-
nity here, we've long been without a basketball
one — until now. As one of the organizers of the
new Dallas Gay Basketball Association, Steven
Coleman has been helping to get the word out on
the new league. The interest is there. Coleman
guesstimated about 40 people showed up to
DGBA's open gym session last week at Reverchon
"This is something we need here," he said.
DBGA's mission as posted on their Facebook
page reads: "The Dallas Gay Basketball Associa-
tion was founded in 2012. This league was cre-
ated for LGBTAQ men and women to create an
atmosphere for athletes. In hopes of strengthening
a community and providing alternative option for
socializing within the gay community. The league
invites all skill levels, and encourages new mem-
According to Coleman, they've been in talks
with DIVA citing their structure as a direction DGBA
may borrow from. That makes total sense seeing
how successful the volleyball association is in ex-
panding its membership practically each new sea-
son. DGBA will serve as a co-ed league for teams.
Whether Reverchon will be the only location for
play was not mentioned.
— Rich Lopez
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