Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

The Grey Lady is throwing her weight behind Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance with an op-ed calling on Houston to vote “yes” on Proposition 1 tomorrow.

The New York Times’ editorial board today outlined its support for HERO, stating:

It is unfortunate that on Tuesday, Houston voters will be asked if they want to keep or repeal the city’s strong and enlightened equal rights ordinance, which was approved by the City Council last year and put on hold pending this week’s vote. Opponents of the law have perversely turned a broad, sensible measure that protects people from discrimination in employment, city services, housing and public accommodations, among other things, into a debate about sexual predators in women’s restrooms.

Houston residents should not succumb to that ugly fearmongering. Those who vote “yes” to retaining the ordinance will be affirming the city’s most valuable asset: its longstanding culture of inclusiveness…

The consequences of repealing the ordinance could be severe for Houston. Such a move would surely discourage people thinking about moving to Houston or doing business there. Houston has worked hard to build a reputation as a world-class, hospitable city. By supporting HERO on Tuesday, voters will show that the values of their city live up to that reputation.” 

HERO protects Houston residents and visitors from discrimination in housing, employment and business services on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion and 11 other characteristics.

Tomorrow is the day for Houston to stand on the right side of history. To find a polling location near you or to learn how to vote by mail, check out the Houston Unites' Election Center. If you are voting in Texas, you’ll need to take an unexpired government-issued photo identification. 

Read the op-ed in its entirety here.


Pol. Adv. Human Rights Campaign

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