HOUSTON (BP) — The subpoenas will be withdrawn, Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced today (Oct. 29).
The word “subpoenas” grabbed national attention after it became known that five Houston ministers were being subpoenaed for sermons and other private correspondence regarding their opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.
“I don’t want to have a national debate about freedom of religion,” Parker said in a news conference, according to the Houston Chronicle, “when my whole purpose is to defend a strong and wonderful and appropriate city ordinance against local attack. And by taking this step today we remove that discussion about freedom of religion.” Parker, who is openly gay, championed the ordinance known as HERO among its supporters. Continue reading →