Two prominent business developers are throwing energetic support behind a YES vote on Proposition 1 to uphold Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance this election day November 3rd.
Endorsements from Ed Wulfe, of Wulfe & Co., which developed Uptown’s BLVD Place and Welcome Wilson, whose GSL Welcome Group is now developing single-tenant industrial buildings, came on the coat tails of a joint statement of support from three major businesses in the hospitality industry and an editorial announcing support from the Houston Chronicle’s Board.
Leaders in business across the country are endorsing legislation that would secure state and local non-discrimination protections similar to those outlined in Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance. Contrary to opposition claim that this law somehow puts women and children in danger in public restrooms, Wilson defended the ordinance, saying that these fear-mongering arguments are completely unfounded:
A similar ordinance has been passed in other metropolitan cities all across America, and there have been no incidences, problems whatsoever.
Many businesses fear that without full and equal legal protections, they won’t be able to attract and retain the brightest and most hardworking talent. Particularly among the millennial generation, the impression is that non-discrimination protections are non-negotiable when considering relocating for employment. If Houston wants to attract a vibrant workforce, our laws must reflect that our city is truly open for business to everyone.
As Wulfe commented, this is about a big picture view:
What the hell do I know about equal rights? But I do know this city can grow and prosper by attracting businesses and growing them, and in order to do that you have to have equal rights. From a bigger picture perspective, we need to do what’s best for the city.
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance protects all Houstonians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations across 15 classes including race, gender, military status, pregnancy, sexual orientation and gender identity. If repealed, there would be no local tool for Houstonians to deal with claims of discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.