November 25, 2013      2:01 PM
WOODFILL: MAYOR PARKER ABUSES HER OFFICE
Harris County GOP chair takes Mayor to task on same sex marriage benefits rule by fiat
Wednesday, Houston Mayor Annise Parker
continued to show her true self as an extreme liberal that does not share the
values of Texans and Houstonians. Without a vote from the Houston City Council,
Mayor Parker dictated that the city will now pay the benefits for spouses of
employees in same-sex marriages performed in other states. Never mind that a
same-sex couple cannot even get a divorce in Texas for a same-sex marriage
performed in another state.
Mayor Parker and City Attorney David
Feldman wrongly have interpreted the Supreme Court case this summer to
apply to the city. Never mind that the voters of Texas worded the Texas
Constitution to ban such unions. Never mind that the voters of Houston worded
the Houston City Charter to ban such benefits. Mayor
Parker unilaterally disposed of the Houston City Charter and the
Texas Constitution without anything even resembling democratic process. For case law to be applied at the local
level, test cases are often necessary, but these should come from citizens
petitioning for a lack of constitutional protection or for perceived
inequality, not the Mayor of the third largest city in the US blatantly and
brazenly violating the laws passed by the people's duly elected representatives
in Texas and at the federal level.
The rest of Jared Woodfill's column can be found in today's R&D Department.
By Jared Woodfill