Houston Unites, which supports the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on the November ballot, just sent out the following press release. The Texas Freedom Network is a member of the Houston Unites coalition.
The Texas Supreme Court this morning ruled that the majority of Houstonians who support the city’s Equal Rights Ordinance will be casting a ballot “for” the measure to keep it on the books.
“We’re eager for the majority of Houstonians to vote ‘FOR’ keeping the city’s valuable Equal Rights Ordinance,” said Richard Carlbom, campaign manager for Houston Unites. “Discrimination based on race, disability, military status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age is not a Houston value and has no place in this city. A vote FOR HERO is a vote for treating everyone fairly and equally under the law.”
The Houston City Council will be deciding the final ballot language next week.
Voters this fall will decide whether they continue to support ending legal discrimination in employment, housing, and in restaurants and shops based on race, age, disability, veteran status, gender identity or sexual orientation. More than half of the claims, according City of Houston’s Office of the Inspector General, filed under HERO when it was on the books were based on racial discrimination.
Houston Unites is the coalition working to elevate the diversity of voices supporting HERO. The leading coalition partners include: ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas, Freedom For All Americans, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP Houston Branch and Texas Freedom Network.