Houston Voters Reject LGBT Protections

Wed. November 4, 2015 7:32 PM by Carlos Santoscoy

Houston, TX - Houston voters on Tuesday repealed the city's ordinance that extends non-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on more than a dozen characteristics including race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.

Opponents of the law forced it onto Tuesday's ballot.

The defeat of Proposition 1 makes Houston the largest city in the United States without LGBT protections.

The campaign to keep HERO, Houston Unites, said it was disappointed with Tuesday's outcome but vowed to continue the fight.

"We are disappointed with today's outcome, but our work to secure nondiscrimination protections for all hardworking Houstonians will continue," the group said in a statement.

"No one should have to live with the specter of discrimination hanging over them. Everyone should have the freedom to work hard, earn a descent living and provide for themselves and their families," Houston Unites added.

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