The owner of the NFL’s Houston Texans isn’t used to sitting on the sidelines — and he doesn’t plan to in the city’s bathroom ordinance debate. With time ticking down to one of the most watched ballot referendums in the country, Bob McNair is joining the team to repeal Houston’s so-called “Equal Rights Ordinance” (HERO). A long-time conservative, the football mogul jumped into the fight with just a few weeks left until the city’s vote.
Like so many locals, he’s strongly against forcing local businesses to swallow their beliefs and celebrate sexual immorality (upon pain of $5,000 fines and punishment). No doubt McNair is also shaking his head at the thought of giving grown men the green light to share bathrooms, locker rooms, and public showers with young girls simply because they identify as another gender. (Think it won’t happen? Think again.)
With a $10,000 donation, he and Major League Baseball’s Lance Berkman helped put to rest the notion that high-profile Texans all line-up behind the ordinance. “The HERO supporters have tried to scare people into believing that we would lose the Super Bowl,” Woodfill said. “Obviously, if there were any truth behind that, Bob McNair wouldn’t be donating to the folks that are opposed to the ordinance.”
Meanwhile, the anti-bathroom bill crowd got another boost yesterday from an unlikely source: Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.). During a stop at Iowa’s Drake University, the Kentucky Republican laid down his first marker on the debate, insisting that movement was an unnecessary attack on employers’ rights. “People don’t put up a sign that says, ‘I’m firing you because you’re gay,'” he said. “It’s something that’s very much disputed. So, I don’t know that we need to keep adding to different classifications and say, the government needs to be involved in hiring and firing. I think society is rapidly changing, and if you are gay, there are plenty of places that will probably hire you.”
But Rand didn’t stop there. Like a lot of people, myself included, he doesn’t want to talk about people’s sex lives in the first place. “I think, really, the things you do in your house, we can just leave those in the house, and they wouldn’t have to be part of the workplace, to tell you the truth,” Paul said. “These are very difficult decisions, on what you decide will be employers’ decisions and not. And it really isn’t so much about that question as it is about that it sets a classification, or a class of people, who can now sue.”
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