Battle over Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance goes on

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HOUSTON, Tx. -- The fight for equal rights is really starting to equal a headache for both sides.

At the press conference du jour, a small group of residents voiced opposition to the idea that some ministers' sermons could be subject to subpoena in the ongoing legal debate over Houston's new equal rights ordinance. The ordinance is essentially a framework that establishes equal rights for the GLBT community

“As individuals, we have to support our ministers and our constitutional rights,” says Deborah Troy.

Eric Christopher, another concerned resident, says City Council's decision not to allow a public referendum on the much-contested ordinance, even though enough signatures were collected, is "extremely frustrating."

“Shame on City Council and shame on Mayor Annise Parker,” he said.

For her part, Mayor Parker has backed away from the subpoena idea.

Needless to say, the issue remains.  It's just leaving many in the church community saying “what the hell?”

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