Major Companies Announce Support for Proposition 1 to Protect Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance

Today, high-profile Fortune 500 companies joined the overwhelming majority of local Houston business leaders in support of a Yes vote on Proposition 1 to protect Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance.

Apple, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, BASF and EMC Corporation joined a strong roster of nearly 60 businesses that have joined our campaign, including the Greater Houston Partnership, Dow Chemical, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau. These businesses know that Houston needs an equal rights ordinance in order to attract and retain top talent—and send a message that the city is truly open for business to everyone.

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In a statement, Apple urges Houstonians to vote Yes on Prop 1 to ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally under the law:

“Apple is proud to be a part of Houston with four stores that employ over 500 people. Our stores and our company are open to everyone, regardless of where they come from, what they look like, how they worship or who they love. Apple supports Proposition 1 as it sends a clear message that Houston is focused on a future of inclusion, diversity and continued prosperity.”

BASF, the world’s largest chemical company, said Proposition 1 helps foster a welcoming city and encourages future investments:

“As the world’s largest chemical company, BASF is committed to business growth. We have strong business interests and growth opportunities in Houston and the surrounding area. Our ability to continue to invest and grow here depends on our ability to fully leverage the advantages of a multi-cultural city that offers equal rights for all. BASF supports Proposition  1.”

Business voices have been nearly unanimous in their support for Proposition 1, which protects all Houstonians from discrimination in employment, housing and public spaces based on race, age, gender, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status and pregnancy.

This week alone, the Greater Houston Partnership held a press conference with more than 20 prominent business leaders making the case for Proposition 1. And on Wednesday, Dr. Laura Murillo—President & CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber released an ad urging voters to protect HERO. She said:

“When you step back, at the end of the day, Proposition 1 is about discrimination. Most recently, the Gaslamp in Midtown discriminated against two Latinas who were charged cover because of the way they looked. We don’t accept that in Houston. We are a city that supports diversity and inclusion. We want to keep Houston that world-class city that we all love and embrace—a city that is open to all! Let’s vote in support of Proposition 1.”

Momentum is at an all-time high, but the clock is ticking. This weekend, we need to knock on 50,000 doors in order to get out the Yes vote on Proposition 1 on Election Day. Click here now to sign up for a GOTV shift.