Although Houston's mayoral race is headed for a run-off, it is a former Texas minister who is capturing headlines for a prayer that addressed openly gay candidate Annise Parker.
While offering up a prayer for victory at a rally for opposition candidate Roy Morales, former minister Eric Story addressed Parker's homosexual lifestyle.
"Lord we cannot stand idly by and see the lifestyle that is assuming she's going to take office, but you're not finished yet," Story prayed.
"It's not the individual that I have a problem with," he continued. "It's the lifestyle that is anti-Bible. The word of God speaks out strongly against the lifestyle and I will never accept something as being okay when it's against the word of God."
Story offered no apologies for the prayer, according to a report broadcast by a Houston television station.
"When I am praying for our nation, and I'm praying for our city, which is what I was asked to do, I am going to pray what needs to be prayed," he said.
Parker finished first in Tuesday's race, while Morales came in fourth.
Story is also running for office. He is campaigning to represent Houston's 29th District in 2010.