To support his comment, the mayor quoted two passages of the New Testament 1 Corinthians 14:34-25 and 1 Timothy 2:11-12.
“All I ask is that those leading the public prayer be young men. As a preacher for the Cottonwood Church of Christ, we take the two verses below literally,” Hogue wrote on May 17.
Hogue concludes his letter by saying he had “always requested that a man lead the invocation. I understand not everyone may agree with me, but I can’t go against my conscience.”
Late Wednesday, the mayor clarified his point of view to WFAA saying:
“I believe a lady can be president of the United States. I believe a lady can be CEO of a company, the superintendent of a school district. But I believe, and this is me, when it comes to [picking] somebody to lead the invocation at a city council meeting, because of those two sets of verses, I’m going to choose a male,” Hogue said.
The council member who received the email reply, Jeff Forrester, said he was shocked by Hogue’s words. “I certainly don’t share those beliefs,” he said. “I think we’re all created equally in the eyes of God and in the eyes of our government.”
In relation to the point of the mayor’s point of view, Mary Shaddox, one local resident, expressed her dislike saying: “That’s his right in his church and his home but he cannot bring it into a government office,” she said.