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Texas Supreme Court makes rare move in favor of pastors

August 6, 2015

The Texas Supreme Court has directed the Houston city council to abide by its own charter and repeal the controversial Equal Rights Ordinance or put it up to a citywide vote this November. The city has until Aug. 24 to comply or be compelled to do so by the high court. In a rare move, the Texas Supreme Court conditionally granted a writ of mandamus stating “the legislative power reserved to the people of Houston is not being honored.” In 2014, Mayor Annise Parker and then-city attorney Dave Feldman declared “invalid” a referendum to repeal the controversial city ordinance. Petitioners — a racially and politically diverse group of pastors and civic leaders — sued, alleging the mayor and attorney manufactured signature requirements in order to defy...

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