A huge megachurch pastor from Houston, Texas is demanding that the city’s mayor, who is lesbian, step down because she advocates for marriage equality. He says that since Texas law explicitly forbids same-sex marriage, she’s violating her oath by supporting its legalization.
The pastor of one of Houston’s megachurches is asking Mayor Annise Parker to resign if she will not cease promoting the legalization of same-sex marriage.
“Respectfully, if you cannot uphold the Texas constitution, then you should do the honorable thing and step down,” Pastor Steve Riggle of Grace Community Church wrote in an email to Parker on Friday.
In Riggle’s view, Parker is failing to uphold the state constitution, which includes a voter-approved amendment banning same-sex marriage, by advocating for equal marriage rights for gays and lesbians.
In January, Parker joined 77 of her colleagues at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C., in calling for legalization of same-sex marriage.
Her participation in the event, weeks after her swearing in for a second term in January, amounted to what Riggle described in the email as a “call for action regarding marriage that would violate the very constitution you were swearing to uphold.”
Riggle also wrote that he was “deeply disturbed” by a city memo that identified the mayor’s longtime domestic partner as the first lady of Houston “since you know that title has been given only to the wife or husband of the mayor in the appropriate gender language.”
I’ve got news for you, Mr. Riggle; you were deeply disturbed long before that happened.