The Houston Chronicle has retracted its endorsement of Manuel Rodriguez Jr. for another term on the board of the Houston Independent School District (HISD).
Here’s an excerpt from their editorial explaining why:
A last-minute campaign flier for Rodriguez displays appalling homophobia. The flier urges recipients not just to vote for Rodriguez, but to vote against his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, because he has been endorsed by the Houston GLBT Caucus, “the South’s oldest civil rights organization dedicated solely to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights.” The flier further states that Fonseca has “spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights … not kids,” and winds up with a pair of bullet points noting that he’s 54 years old with no children and has a male partner.
That’s obvious gay-bashing, of the kind that HISD rightly prohibits on the playground. It has no place on HISD’s board.
Advocating for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights is advocating for kids. GLBT kids are among those who most need adult protection and support.
Retracting an endorsement is a big deal, so kudos to the Houston Chronicle for recognizing that homophobia is not worthy of endorsing.
I can only hope that more mainstream media outlets follow their lead.