While many Republicans are warning of voter fraud that is supposedly being committed by minorities on behalf of Democrats, several conservative leaders gathered with thousands of people in Houston, Tx., at the "I Stand Sunday" rally to call for a vote on a legally rejected petition.
The rally (video below) was in support of five local pastors who gathered signatures on a petition that would place a repeal of Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which protects LGBT people from discrimination, on the November ballot.
However, thousands of the petition signatures didn't meet legal requirements because they were gathered before the legal date, signed by unregistered voters, wrongly notarized and signed by non-Houston voters, noted MediaMatters.org.
"In this instance, there are too many documents with irregularities and problems to overlook," Houston City Attorney David Feldman said in a statement earlier this year. "The petition is simply invalid. There is no other conclusion."
Houston City Secretary Anna Russell's published a report online on why the petition failed to gather enough legitimate signatures.
The five pastors who led the signature gathering sued the City of Houston, which in turn legally subpoenaed their official communications, including sermons, regarding the petition signatures.
Houston Mayor Annise Parker dropped the subpoenas, but conservatives express their fury that pastors were be subjected to this lawful practice at the "I Stand Sunday" rally.
Conservative leaders also demanded that Houston officials accept the invalid signatures and place the repeal proposal on the November ballot, which would amount to voter fraud, noted MediaMatters.org.
"They find it unimaginable that in the U.S., this type of brutish act would take place,” Fox News host Mike Huckabee told KHOU. “They expect in North Korea, they expect in Russia, in Iran. They do not expect it in Houston, Texas. I believe what is happening in Houston, Texas has become a flash point nationally."