DATE: November 5, 2015
Defeat of Equal Rights Means "Everyone in Houston is More Vulnerable"
Moderator of MCC speaks out as equal rights protections is voted down in Houston
The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson is the Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches, which has ministries in around the world. Dr. Wilson was part of the first LGBT faith delegation to meet with a sitting president in 1979. She was a member of President Obama's Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.
"The defeat of the Houston Equal Rights Amendment (HERO) is a sad day. Conservative Christians and politicians continue to use fear to enforce prejudice. Today, everyone in Houston is more vulnerable to job discrimination, because fear was fomented through lies about LGBT people," said the Rev. Dr. Nancy Wilson, Global Moderator of the Metropolitan Community Churches.
"In more than
200 cities and counties
, non-discrimination clauses that include sexual orientation and gender identity are functioning well, and businesses have had no undue burden under the
law-but not in Houston. Now, anyone in Houston can say, 'Oh I thought he was gay, so I fired him.'
Because of this vote, there is no law in Houston to protect any citizen."
Rev. Troy Treash, of Resurrection MCC in Houston said, "Yesterday, we were denied low-cost local recourse to acts of discrimination making it easier to fire, to refuse service, and to refuse housing... discrimination is a daily reality. The harm this discrimination causes costs us dearly."
Dr. Wilson said, "Conservative Christians and politicians invoked specters of bathroom invasions by men and being forced to make wedding cakes for same-gender couples. Lockstep conservative pundits repeat, repeat, repeat that Christians are the ones being persecuted, rather than LGBT people, racial minorities, and all citizens who need protected from job discrimination by such legislation as HERO. The strategies used in Houston are the strategies we will see in campaign after campaign."
"I am reminded," Dr. Wilson concluded, "that fair-minded people everywhere need to be aware that human rights must always be defended. Although most people understand this, others seem to believe there are no rights-only privileges based on allegiance to a religious creed. This must be stopped."
Founded in 1968,
Metropolitan Community Churches
(MCC) has been at the vanguard of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, economics, climate change, aging and global human rights. MCC was the first to perform same gender marriages and has been on the forefront of the struggle towards marriage equality in the US and other countries worldwide.