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Plano LGBT Ordinance Recall Effort Thrown Out – All Signatures Invalid

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Plano, Texas

Big news – the effort to repeal Plano’s new LGBT rights ordinance has failed in a spectacular fashion.

The Dallas Voice reports:

The team that screwed up the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance recall has proven to be equally incompetent in Plano. The “county of residence” requirement was omitted from the Plano petitions, which invalidated all of the signatures on it. In Houston, fewer than 4,000 signatures on petitions to overturn that city’s newly-enacted equal rights ordinance were valid out of more than 50,000 turned in. In Plano, none of the signatures were valid because that requirement was omitted. Plano spokesman Steve Stoler wrote in a press release this morning (Friday, Feb. 20), that the city of Plano has determined that the recently circulated petition is invalid and will not move forward. Plano’s city secretary was unable to certify the petition because it failed to meet state and local requirements for validation.

It’s great news for the ordinance and LGB rights, but it just hi-lights the fact that leaving out a transgender portion of the bill to protect bathroom access was a glaring mistake. It didn’t mute criticism of the bill, and divided supporters. Let’s hope this is a lesson going forward.

No word yet on whether the anti-gay forces plan to try again.

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Wisconsin, USA: Marriage Equality Foe Perkins Claims Issue Won Recall for Walker

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Wisconsin Marriage Equality“After tasting the success of Walker’s policies, Wisconsin handed its leader an even bigger victory this time (140,000 more votes) than it did in 2010. What changed? No doubt Mayor Barrett’s shift on marriage had something to do with it. During the May debate, the Mayor was asked about his stance on same-sex ‘marriage’–which Barrett had opposed during his congressional career.

Have his own views ‘evolved,’ the moderator asked, and would he sign a civil unions bill if one were passed in the legislature? ‘I believe in marriage equality,’ Barrett responded. ‘It is an issue where opinions have evolved. And for younger people in particular, they understand the need to respect relationships. I do respect them.’

“Unfortunately for him, voters do respect marriage–so much so that they enshrined it in the state constitution just six years ago.

Full Story from Joe.My.God

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TX: Federal Court Blocks Removal of Pro-Gay El Paso City Council Members

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

El Paso Recall BlockedA federal appeals court has blocked a recall election to remove three El Paso, Texas elected officials who backed gay rights, the El Paso Times reported.

Pastor Tom Brown of the Word of Life Church led an effort to oust El Paso Mayor John Cook and two City Council members, Steve Ortega and Susie Byrd, because they supported giving health insurance benefits to the unmarried domestic partners of city workers.

The battle began in 2009, when the Council approved giving benefits to the unmarried domestic partners of city employees, regardless of sexual orientation. Opponents, led by Brown, forced a voter referendum, which was approved with 55 percent of the vote in 2010.

Full Story from On Top Magazine

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TX: Judge OK’s Recall Effort Over El Paso’s Reinstatement of Domestic Partnership Benefits

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

El Paso RecallA Texas judge has ruled that Pastor Tom Brown’s recall election against El Paso’s mayor may take place. Anti-gay Christian activists are attempting to remove the mayor and two members of the city council for voting to reinstate domestic partners insurance for city employees.

Pastor Tom Brown initiated the recall drive after Cook and council members Susie Byrd and Steve Ortega voted to overturn the limiting of benefits to legal spouses and their children. Brown, who pastors El Paso’s Word of Life Church, had led the effort that led to voter approval of those limits last year.

Mayor Cook challenged the recall effort, arguing that Brown violated state election law by using church resources to collect signatures for the recall petition. The Alliance Defense Fund is challenging the constitutionality of that law in federal court.

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TX: El Paso Still Battling Over Domestic Partnerships

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

El Paso Recall CampaignPastor Tom Brown wants homosexuals to repent and turn to Christ. He certainly does not want them to be given taxpayer-financed health benefits.

Mr. Brown, the charismatic leader of Word of Life Church, an independent evangelical congregation of about 1,500 members, is on a mission to ensure that the domestic partners of El Paso city workers no longer get health insurance. He is spearheading an effort to oust the mayor and two City Council members who supported an ordinance allowing the city to pay for the health benefits of unmarried employees’ domestic partners — gay and straight.

“They want to reward fornicators, and they want to reward homosexuals,” Mr. Brown said in an interview, his voice booming with indignation as he pumped his fist for emphasis.

Full Story from The New York Times

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