A day after he narrowly held on to a
Houston school board trustee position, Manuel Rodriguez has
apologized for an anti-gay flier.
In an ad mailed last week asking voters
to retain him on the Houston Independent School District (HISD)
board, Rodriguez suggested that his opponent, Ramiro Fonseca, could
not be trusted with children because he's gay.
In bullet points, Rodriguez noted 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
“His records show he spent years
advocating for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender rights … not
kids,” the ad stated.
The mailer prompted the Houston
Chronicle to rescind its endorsement of Rodriguez.
“I am aware that some people have
said they were offended by one of my ads, and I apologize to all of
those people,” Rodriguez, 60, said in a letter released Wednesday.
He also pointed out that he voted in
favor of an anti-discrimination policy that includes sexual
“I voted for this policy because it
was the right thing to do and I remain committed to creating a
culture in our schools where all people feel welcome and safe,” he