Texas "Equal Rights Ordinance"
Mayor Annise Parker of Houston, Texas, is strongly pushing for an "Equal Rights Ordinance" which would allow men and women to use restrooms and shower rooms of the opposite gender, as long as they identify with the opposite gender.
Parker is an open lesbian and is determined to stop all discrimination on the basis of "gender identity." The most recent ordinance draft states:
"Gender identity means an individual’s innate identification, appearance, expression or behavior as either male or female although the same may not correspond to the individual’s body or gender as assigned at birth.
It shall be unlawful for any place of public accommodation or any employee or agent thereof to intentionally deny any person entry to any restroom, shower room, or similar facility if that facility is consistent with and appropriate to that person’s expression of gender identity."
The only stipulation in the ordinance is people who use the opposite gender’s facilities must dress, behave, and clothe themselves in a way that is "consistent with the gender designation of the facility the person attempt to access."
Last Tuesday, the ordinance was discussed during a Houston City Council meeting. Over a hundred people showed up at the meeting to publically address the issue to the mayor and council. The meeting took nearly four hours as people voiced their opinions of the ordinance.
David Walls, director of operations for Texas Values, stated:
"The ordinance, much like San Antonio’s controversial anti-Christian ordinance, is a direct threat to any person in Houston that holds a biblical or traditional view of marriage or sexuality, whether in government or in business.
The ordinance would force employers and a private business owner to violate their religious and moral convictions. It subjects individuals to criminal prosecution for refusing to participate in the celebration of the homosexual lifestyle because of their religious beliefs or conviction of conscience."
Ed Young, senior pastor at Second Baptist Church in Houston, describes the ordinance as a "staggering moral issue." He asserted:
"Tolerance should not be defined as casting aside and acting against one’s own beliefs to accommodate someone else’s. Simply put, the homosexual community wants us to tolerate their behavior and beliefs but does not want to give the rest of us that same courtesy. On top of that, they want to use threats of criminal prosecution and fines to accomplish our acquiescence. Their rights should end where our morality and rights begin."
IRS Spends Close to $100 Million on Furniture
Under the Obama Administration, the IRS has spent over $96.5 million on office furniture. Now, the IRS says it does not have enough funds to correctly serve taxpayers.
Two weeks ago before the House, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew requested additional funds for the upcoming fiscal year. The IRS is asking for no small increase either. They are requesting a $1.2 billion increase in funds. This is a 7 percent raise over last year’s $11.29 billion budget for the fiscal year. If the House approves the funding, the IRS’s 2015 fiscal year budget would be $12.48 billion.
In the past five fiscal years since Obama has been in office, the IRS has spent more than it spent in all eight fiscal years that President George W. Bush was in office.
We may assume the IRS needs all that furniture for Obama and his Administration since all they appear to do is sit on their posterior. It may also be for the 16,000 IRS agents whose sole responsibility will be to prosecute American citizens who do not line up behind ObamaCare.
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