Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Falls Short, Leaving Millions Without Protections

November 3, 2015 • 9:30 pm

Houston to remain sole major city in America without local protections to address discrimination claims

Houston — Today Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) was repealed, stripping millions of citizens of local protections that covered 15 categories, including race, sex, sexual orientation, gender, religion, and disability. HERO was passed by the Houston City Council in 2014.

Matt McTighe, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement:

“Civil rights work is never easy – and the path to justice is often marked by temporary losses and roadblocks. Our opponents took their scare tactics to new heights in Houston in order to mislead voters and distort the truth throughout this campaign. Despite the challenges, Freedom for All Americans is proud of the coalition we helped build and our ability to mobilize and organize in just a few short weeks. We made significant investments in research and testing, and we know more now than when we started ten weeks ago about what moves people to support nondiscrimination protections. We will continue to use that knowledge and experience to educate Americans about what equal rights ordinances do and why everyone should be protected from discrimination. And we won’t leave Houstonians behind in that ongoing battle.”

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