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No Evidence Yet Of Backlash To Houston HERO Nondiscrimination Vote

Nov 12, 2015
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

Just hours after it became clear that Houston’s non-discrimination ordinance, HERO, would be trounced at the polls last week, Houston Mayor Annise Parker predicted a “direct, economic backlash” for the city, akin to criticism and boycott threats in Arizona and Indiana following similar controversies.

Bathroom Fears Flush Houston Discrimination Ordinance

Nov 4, 2015
Eric Kayne / Texas Tribune

Delivering a hit to the Texas gay rights movement, Houston voters on Tuesday resoundingly rejected an ordinance that would have established protections from discrimination for gay and transgender residents and several other classes.

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An ordinance that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people in Houston failed to win approval from voters on Tuesday.


The Texas Supreme Court has ordered the city of Houston to either repeal a newly adopted equal rights ordinance or let voters decide if they want to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.