Now What Happens to All Those Anti-HERO Shirts?
|Photo by Aaron Reiss|
|Larry Dodgen, left, and his husband Abie Kupfer. "Want us to kiss?" Kupfer asked.|
The t-shirts and turnout were unimpressive to Abie Kupfer.
"This is all the Christians that showed up?" Kupfer asked, looking out at the protesters from the front steps of city hall.
Kupfer and his husband, Larry Dodgen, were married in California before California Proposition Eight was struck down.
The two men came from an upper floor of city hall to stand outside and watch the protesters. Their views on how to debate legislation differed from the protesters'.
Kupfer said he thought most of the protestors, many of whom he didn't think spoke English well, didn't fully understood the HERO. He said they just bought the apparel.
"It's not about wearing a t-shirt," Kupfer said. "That's why you don't see us out there. You see us in (city hall)."
"Thank God we live in a country where we can disagree," Dodgen added.
Dodgen thinks communication is important, especially with issues like the HERO. He said he'd rather the protesters come upstairs to express their views in front of city council members.
Dodgen said it's important that everyone feel comfortable within their community.
Asked if he felt comfortable in Houston, Dodgen said he'd twice been fired for being gay.
So is that a no?
"That's a no," he said.