Hero marginalized for being anti-HERO

Thursday, October 1, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

The campaign to defeat a Houston bathroom ordinance is heating up – and some of the heat came from an NBC sportscaster.

The controversial ordinance provides special rights for homosexuals and allows transgendered individuals to enter the bathroom of their choice – including men and boys in girls' restrooms. The Houston city council approved the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) last year, but because of a successful voter-led petition drive and some court battles Houston residents now will decide the issue November 3.

Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values explains that a 30-second TV spot urging residents to vote against Proposition 1 has resulted in a personal attack against a local sports hero.

"Of course you're going to have people who are going to have an opinion on it who are going to weigh in," he begins. "One of those people is Lance Berkman, [who] happens to be a very beloved Major League Baseball player and a hero for the Houston Astros. They won championships and divisional games and all kinds of great stuff because of his heroics on the field."


According to Saenz, Berkman has a personal reason for making the TV spot opposing the ordinance: he has a wife and four daughters and is concerned about their safety.

Saenz, Jonathan (Texas Values)"There's been a negative response by some," the attorney continues, "and particularly, there was one sports reporter named Bill Baer. He reports for NBC Sports. He called Lance Berkman 'human garbage' on Twitter over the weekend. That was his response to Lance Berkman exercising his First Amendment rights about an issue."

Saenz argues that the harsh social media attack on Berkman for not being "politically correct" provides just more reason why Houstonians should vote against the ordinance.

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