Manuel Rodriguez's endorsement to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) has been rescinded by the Houston Chronicle over an anti-gay flier.

Rodriguez, who is hoping to keep his school board trustee position in Tuesday's election, suggested in his mailing that his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, could not be trusted with children because he's gay.

In the flier, Rodriguez notes in bullet points that Fonseca is “Endorsed by The Houston GLBT Political Caucus (HGLBTPC) is the the South's oldest civil rights organization dedicated solely to the advancement of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender rights,” is a “54 years old man with no children” and has a “Male partner.”

“His records show he spent years advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights … not kids,” the ad states.

Rodriguez told the Houston Chronicle that he saw no problem with his mailer.

“He [Fonseca] will be responsible for making policy for HISD, and I as a parent, as a grandfather, as a person who has probably more understanding of what a child's needs are, just want to give the voters information so that they can make their own choice,” he said.

The Houston GLBT Political Caucus condemned the ad and called on the Chronicle to withdraw its endorsement of Rodriguez.

In its retraction, the Chronicle editorial board said the flier displayed “appalling homophobia” and obvious “gay-bashing, of the kind that HISD rightly prohibits on the playground. It has no place on HISD's board.”