Comment of the Day: Annise Parker, Choosing Her (Non-Chick-fil-A) Battles

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We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning or afternoon from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We wrote about the general ennui that greeted Houston's Chick-fil-A Kiss-In, a planned counterprotest to the chain owner's homophobic remarks against gay marriage.

We decided Houston Mayor Annise Parker deserved some of the blame for not taking up the cause, despite her sexual orientation and her position of political leadership as mayor of the country's fourth-largest city.

Some readers said we were judging too harshly.

chel.ethomas wrote:

Annise Parker is a smart woman, and I support her decision not to participate in the Kiss-In. Everyone's deriding bigotry's choice to support the, ahem, independently owned and franchised and not-always-bigoted chains. I don't think following suit with a kiss-in here is Houston has the same effect as it would in other large cities. There's a more subtle rebellion that arises in Houston, which is why we have one of the country's largest gay communities, which people seem to forget, and an openly gay mayor.

I say, let the bigots hunker down on some fried chicken to make an asinine, ridiculous, utterly shameful point, high-five one another for their discrimination, and make national fools of themselves, while Annise Parker continues to revolutionize this already great city into a national powerhouse. She's already proved homophobia is nonsense, so why stoop down to a lower level?


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