April 21, 2017
If Plano leaders want to legislate in secret, then voters will sue them in the open! Texans Greg and Laura Hatch are just two of the locals frustrated by the city's underhanded passage of an LGBT ordinance in 2014. Instead of debating the issue in public, members met behind closed doors and agreed to force a radical anti-faith, anti-gender measure down voters' throat. Now, three years later, the Hatches are taking them to court.
"Texas requires local governments to operate with transparency," said the couple's attorney Cleve Doty. He was referring to the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA), which bars any municipality from hiding their business from the people. "This is even more concerning than what is in the ordinance itself because the city refused to play by the rules," Doty told Breitbart. "Plano's politicians wanted to hide from the citizens what they were doing and, based on their actions, didn't want citizen input."
Of course, there's a good reason for that. They had to do in secret what they know they'd never get away with in public! This is how the Left operates when they're on the wrong side of public opinion (which is often!). As upset as Plano residents were by the ordinance, Breitbart points out, they were far more upset they never knew about it. "We are disappointed in our city officials. We know as a kind neighborhood city and we believe Plano can do better," the Hatches said in a statement. They believe every Plano citizen, "regardless of faith or belief, deserve the right to observe or participate in his or her government."
That would be a lot more difficult if the Plano measure is allowed to stand. The ordinance was one of the more extreme examples of LGBT activism, even going so far as to criminally fine people or businesses with natural views on marriage and sexuality. "It put many businesses under the thumb of City Hall about things as personal and private as bathrooms, among other things," Doty explained. "This is a disservice to citizens no matter which side of the issue they're on: people from both sides of the political debate were excluded from the conversation, and the City created an ordinance that will be void. Nobody wins when the city breaks the law."
And thanks to this couple, Plano isn't about to get away with it! Our (cowboy) hats go off to concerned citizens like these two who are fighting for everyone's right to be heard.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.