HERO Temporarily Defeated but We Fight On

Today, Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) was repealed by a narrow NO vote on Proposition 1.

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This is a disappointment and a loss for the pro-HERO campaign and supporting coalition members ranging from leaders of faith, to civil rights advocates, to leading members of the business community. Most significantly, it is a loss for Houstonians who no longer have local protections from discrimination.

Houston Unites and partner organizations released this statement on the vote:

We are disappointed with today’s outcome, but our work to secure nondiscrimination protections for all hardworking Houstonians will continue. No one should have to live with the specter of discrimination hanging over them. Everyone should have the freedom to work hard, earn a decent living and provide for themselves and their families.

Despite today’s setback, we are confident that it is only a matter of time before Houstonians have equal rights. And that the powerful and diverse pro-HERO coalition will sustain long past Election Day in united pursuit of non-discrimination protections.

Moreover, the fight for equal rights in Houston has provided insight into the strategy for ongoing nationwide efforts to pass full non-discrimination laws. And has inspired movement leaders to double down and work all the more diligently to ensure that the type of protections outlined in Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance will one day be available to all Americans.