Pastor Steve Riggle, leader of Houston's 15,000-member Grace Community Church, has demanded that the city's openly gay mayor resign for supporting equality. Details, and Mayor Annise Parker's reaction, after the jump!
“Respectfully, if you cannot uphold the Texas constitution, then you should do the honorable thing and step down," Riggle Riggle Riggle Riggle Riggle, yea (sorry, we couldn't help ourselves with the LMFAO reference) wrote in a letter to Mayor Parker. Riggle goes on to point out that Texas' Constitution includes a “voter-approved amendment banning same-sex marriage.”
”I do my duty to uphold the state Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. I swore an oath to that. I take that oath very seriously, but I have my First Amendment rights to free speech. We all have the right to do that and I’m sorry that they [Riggle and his supporters] don’t understand the Constitution."
It's not the first time Riggle has ignored Christian tenets to wag his finger at Mayor Parker. In 2010, he attempted to scare folks into believing Parker's non-discrimination legislation would invite "cross-dressing men" to assault innocent women. “Forcing women in particular using city facilities to be subjected to cross-dressing men invading their privacy is beyond the pale and offensive to every standard of decency,” he said.