Local preachers subpoenaed by Houston

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HOUSTON, Tx. -- The pulpit is where preachers get to do their thing! So, a lot of them are pretty upset about their sermons being subpoenaed by the city.

"This abuse of government power cannot and should not stand," said Senator Ted Cruz at a Thursday morning press conference about the issue.

It all goes back to the Equal Rights ordinance, which is meant to systematically protect homosexuals and transgenders. If you remember, the measure drew a lot of criticism from local preachers. So now, as a lawsuit challenging the city on it moves forward, many of those churches are being ordered to show their sermons.

"I do know however that the mayor said it's inappropriate," says Maverick Welsh, President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, who agrees that the subpenas are not necessary. He is optimistic that the issues surrounding the ordinance will be resolved swiftly saying,  "Most Houstonians ... think that everyone deserves an equal shot and I think that's what this ordinance does."

It's not clear what will come of all this.  Voter petitions of the ordinance were rejected by the City.