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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    Annise Parker just cracked me up big time with her acceptance speech.

    She said "Here is the news you have been waiting for. I am proud to be the first..........."

    **Long pause**

    "...graduate of Rice University to become Mayor of Houston, Texas".
    OMG! I was coming in here to say I was thrilled that I went to college in a city where the first gay mayor was elected. But I also went to Rice. I'm doubly proud!

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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by Ethereal View Post
    Gays can serve in the military.
    Not honestly.
    <font size=5><b>Its been several weeks since the Vegas shooting.  Its it still "Too Early" or can we start having the conversation about finally doing something about these mass shootings???​</b></font>

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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    I'm glad to see everyone all excited about Houstonians electing an openly gay mayor. But, what if she turns out to be a complete dud? Well, wait, PBO is a complete dud and we see how race clouds your ability to see that, so I guess that answers my question.
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    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    Not honestly.

    Yes, honestly. They don't have to lie about their sexual orientation.
    Quote Originally Posted by Top Cat View Post
    At least Bill saved his transgressions for grown women. Not suggesting what he did was OK. But he didn't chase 14 year olds.

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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Yes, honestly. They don't have to lie about their sexual orientation.
    Oh pul-ease. Open up your eyes. Do you HONESTLY believe that a gay person is going to make it through even a month in the military without having to lie about their sexual orientation.

    If they say..."I'm not allowed to talk about it", THAT is grounds for dismissal under DADT.
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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I don't have a link yet, but I will soon. It has just been announce that Annise Parker has become the first openly gay mayor in Houston history. Quite a surprise, and Parker will be an excellent mayor. As Houston City Controller, she did a superb job.

    Just goes to show you that Houstonians are not the stereotyped hillbillies they are made out to be.

    I will post a link as soon as I can get one.

    So, what does everybody think?EDIT: This from the New York Times, showing Parker with a slim lead, but the election is now over. Will have a better link as soon as it comes in.

    EDIT2: And here it is. Gene Locke, Parker's opponent, has conceded.

    I think sexual orientation has little to do with job performance. I'm hoping she does a good job. Houston has a reputation as something of a cesspool.
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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    The "demonization" of gay people that the right-wing has tried to perpetuate is beginning to crumble. As more and more people in the United States actually know gay people, they are seeing that the myths and deceptions are just that. This is why the poll numbers have shifted dramatically in the last decade.
    Despite its history of prejudice and discrimination, The United States usually gets it right eventually. It sometimes just takes longer than it should.
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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by disneydude View Post
    The "demonization" of gay people that the right-wing has tried to perpetuate is beginning to crumble. As more and more people in the United States actually know gay people, they are seeing that the myths and deceptions are just that. This is why the poll numbers have shifted dramatically in the last decade.
    Despite its history of prejudice and discrimination, The United States usually gets it right eventually. It sometimes just takes longer than it should.
    Please explain this statement as I'm unaware of this having taken place.
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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    The bigger cities are usually full of democrats, even SLC in really republican Utah has had Democrat mayors. Won't make much difference to the rest of the state, though. It is state leadership that matters, not city leadership...
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    Re: Houston, Texas elects first openly gay mayor

    Quote Originally Posted by UtahBill View Post
    The bigger cities are usually full of democrats, even SLC in really republican Utah has had Democrat mayors. Won't make much difference to the rest of the state, though. It is state leadership that matters, not city leadership...
    I think city leadership matters a great deal. For instance detroit used to be one of the most powerful cities in the nation. Decades of democratic party rule have had their effect. It's come to my attention there are now "possible" plans to buldoze whole sections of the city that have been abandoned.

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