A conservative Christian activist in Houston mailed fliers to 35,000 voter households attacking mayoral candidate Annise Parker on the basis that she is a lesbian. "Is this the image Houston wants to portray?" asks the flier.
Dave Wilson, an electrician, sent the fliers to people who voted in the mayoral race last month and in last year's Republican presidential primary. Parker, the city controller, faces former city attorney Gene Locke in a runoff election on December 12.
Wilson, who pushed the successful effort to ban benefits for the same-sex partners of Houston city employees in 2001, told KHOU TV that his latest attack aims to save society from "extinction."
"The homosexual behavior leads to extinction," he said. "You can't reproduce."
In a nasty twist, a campaign spokesman for Parker said that her opponent Locke is behind the attack. The Locke campaign denies the charge. Wilson insists that he is acting independently.