HOUSTON (Christian Examiner) – In a news conference this morning, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, an openly lesbian public official, announced the city will withdraw subpoenas to five pastors demanding notes and other communication relating to a controversial ordinance granting rights to transgendered individuals.
The concession follows a fierce First Amendment backlash around the country. However, Parker denied she was reacting to political and religious critics.
"I didn't do this to satisfy them," she said. "I did it because it was not serving Houston."