The head of the fringe-right Houston Area Pastor Council has just published a new screed attacking politicians and others who support equal rights for gay people. But Dave Welch -- who isn't shy about promoting his ties to elected state officials, including the governor -- reserves his most vile rhetoric for politicians and other people who are gay, and his contempt for Houston Mayor Annise Parker is especially clear. The subject of Welch's new diatribe was this past weekend's Pride Parade in Houston. That annual event in cities across the country marks the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York, which sparked the modern gay rights movement. Welch's hit piece includes heated criticism of candidates, elected officials and representatives of the Houston police and fire departments who participated in the city's Pride Parade. Addressing "pastors and Christian men of greater Houston," Welch highlights the participation of Parker, the city's openly lesbian mayor elected by voters last fall: "It was OUR failure to stand in the gap that allowed the election of a sodomite who has now proven (remember cross dressing men in the women’s restrooms?) that her lifestyle IS her public policy agenda. It is…… Read More

With Houston's Dec. 12 mayoral runoff election just a little over a week away, the far-right Houston Area Pastor Council is intensifying its vicious anti-gay campaign against one of the candidates. The group's leader, Dave Welch, has joined with other religious-righters in a coordinated attack on mayoral candidate Annise Parker -- currently the city's controller -- because she is a lesbian. On Wednesday Welch continued his attacks in an e-mail to HAPC activists. His e-mail includes an essay he wrote for the far-right World Net Daily Web site. Read More