Take a look at P.J. Gladnick’s post over at Newsbusters.
The gist: Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s daughter had trouble getting her driving test done to get her driver’s license.
Parker, a lesbian who married her partner out of state after being elected mayor of Texas’ largest city, blamed the problem on the Texas Department of Public Safety and, specifically, on Texas law which does not recognize same-sex marriage. Their daughters are adopted and they also have a foster son.
Parker launched her blame game in this tweet.
Daughter needs drivers test. Has all docs, some in MomA name, some MomK, but w/ birth cert showing both. DPS says can only be from 1 mom!-A
— Annise Parker (@AnniseParker) October 24, 2014
Texas doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage. I should add, yet. Despite the fact that last time SSM was put up for a vote in Texas it lost by miles, courts will impose it at some point.
So Parker’s daughter had trouble getting her driver’s test. An update to the original HuffPo story about this cleared up who was at fault. Hint: It wasn’t the Texas DPS, and it wasn’t about same-sex marriage at all.
UPDATE: 5:15 p.m. — DPS Press Secretary Tom Vinger took issue with Parker’s recollection of events, writing in a statement, “All individuals applying for their first Texas driver license must provide a variety of documents to prove their identity, Social Security Number, U.S. citizenship or lawful presence status, and Texas residency. In this case, the adult applicant did not initially present sufficient documentation to prove residency. Once she provided the required documentation, she was able to complete the transaction. There is no indication that any delay in the process was related to same-sex marriage.”
At that point, Parker clammed up and stopped commenting on the matter. Damage done — the story of the mayor whose daughter got blocked over same-sex marriage had already gone nationwide.
Parker has established that she is a shameless liar just over the past couple of weeks. She subpoenaed several area pastors, specifically demanding their sermons, their internal church communications, and their personal physical appearance at the offices of a known leftwing law firm in Houston. When some of us pointed out that the sermons in question are available online, Parker appeared to back down, saying that she wasn’t interested in the sermons anyway — despite the fact that the original subpoenas specifically demanded that the pastors turn their sermons over.
Now Mayor Parker has lied about her daughter’s driving test, in order to smear Texas DPS and agitate against the state’s definition of marriage.