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Houston Backtracks on Church Subpoenas

 
Houston Backtracks on Church Subpoenas
Posted October 15th, 2014 @ 4:54pm by KTRH's Nik Rajkovic

Houston Mayor Annise Parker is doing damage control after national media picked up on her subpoenas targeting local clergy who protested her equal rights ordinance. 

The mayor says the subpoenas were too broad, and should not have included actual sermons.

"It’s not about what did you preach on last Sunday," Parker told reporters Wednesday.  "It should have been clarified, it will be clarified." 

The Alliance Defending Freedom filed a motion to stop the subpoenas earlier this week. 

City Attorney David Feldman says he didn't review the subpoenas before they were issued. 

"When I looked at it I felt it was overly broad, I would not have worded it that way myself," he said.  "It's unfortunate that it has been construed as some effort to infringe upon religious liberty."  

The city promises to narrow the language of the subpoenas.

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