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What HISD Trustee Manuel Rodriguez Considers an Apology for an Anti-Gay Flyer

Houston school board member Manuel Rodriguez barely eeked out a re-election victory this week, despite -- or maybe because of -- putting out an anti-gay flyer at the end of the campaign.

As we noted:

Under reasons to "vote no for my opponent," Rodriguez listed:

Program manager of minority male initiative at [Houston Community College.] His records show he spent years advocating for gay, bisexual lesbian, transgender rights....not kids.

The flyer also noticed the damning fact that he had been endorsed by Houston's GLBT Caucus -- and then it got subtle.

"54 years with no children," it said. "Male partner."

Now, in advance of a public board meeting where the flyer was sure to come up, he's issued an apology....of sorts.

In an open letter, Rodriguez thanks his supporters and says, "I am aware that some people have said they were offended by one of my ads, and I apologize to all of those people."

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Oh: Some people "have said they were offended." That's right up there with League City State Rep Larry Taylor's apology for using "Jew them down" in a committee meeting, when he said it's a phrase "many people find offensive."

Anyway, Rodriguez then goes on to say he voted for HISD's recent expansion of its anti-bullying policy to include sexual orientation.

He did so because "I remain committed to creating a culture in our schools where all people feel welcome and safe," he writes.

Welcome in our schools. Not necessarily our school boards, mind you.

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