A veto referendum on the anti-discrimination ordinance known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) will be on the ballot for Houston voters in Harris County, Texas on November 3, 2015. It’s controversial for two significant reasons and is the result of a several year battle between the residents of Houston and its outgoing lesbian mayor Annise Parker.
Despite protections already provided by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Proposition 1 on the ballot reads:
“Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private employment, and housing based on an individual’s sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or pregnancy?”
Participating in its public information campaign, baseball legend Lance Berkman is asking Houstonians to vote “no” on Proposition 1. He expresses his concern for the safety and privacy of his four daughters and other women and girls from potential assailants who under HERO could freely enter women’s showers, bathrooms, and locker rooms– without legal repercussions.
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