Houston residents will go to the polls Tuesday to decide whether to accept or reject a special rights ordinance for homosexuals that Mayor Annise Parker, an open lesbian, pushed through city council.
Houston residents pushed back after passage of the so-called bathroom ordinance and gathered sufficient petition signatures for an election, but enough were vetoed by the mayor and city attorney to negate the election. Petition supporters then went on to fight three legal battles until the Texas Supreme Court ordered that the issue be on the ballot.
During an October press conference, Pastor Max Miller, Jr. of Mount Hebron Missionary Baptist Church encouraged people to vote against it.
"The reason that we stand together is because this proposition is a reverse discrimination for those who trust and believe in God," he asserts. "Shall we go with man, or shall we trust in God?"
Miller goes on to address the claim of civil rights for homosexuals.
"You cannot allow two words -- civil rights – to make you vote the wrong way," the pastor poses. "The color of skin was not colored by a crayon; it's how you were born. But what we are fighting now is a choice, but don't inflict it on God's Church."
The American Civil Liberties Union and others have dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into the campaign to convince voters to vote in favor of the measure, which would allow men to use the restroom of their choice. But pastors are among the many who strongly encourage a "no" vote, which would legally keep men out of women's restrooms.