African-American leaders gathered Wednesday to voice their support for Proposition 1, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.
“The truth is this ordinance will protect more Houstonians based on their race than any other issue,” Dr. James Douglas, president of the NAACP and a minister, said.
They point to 135 complaints reported over about a year and a half. They said more than half were race-based types of discrimination. Brandon Ball
“What are we going to do about it?” asked Brandon Ball, who says he was a victim. “Are we going to talk about it? Are we going to read about it? Or are we going to do something? Let’s make change.”
But opponents, including former Astros player Lance Berkman, said the ordinance poses a safety threat.
“Prop 1 would allow troubled men who claim to be women to enter women’s bathrooms, showers and locker rooms,” Berkman said in an anti-HERO ad. “Vote no on Prop 1. No men in women’s bathrooms. No boys in girls’ showers or locker rooms.”
Mayor Annise Parker took a swing at the former major leaguer.
“The gentleman in question has actually lived in or played ball in two cities that have the same policy and it didn’t seem to bother him then,” Parker said.
Douglas knows his support goes against some preachers.
“I ask myself what would Jesus do? WWJD? It might not be popular even though I think the polls show that it is. But it’s the right thing to do,” Douglas said.
Prop 1 is on the ballot in the Nov. 3 election.