HOUSTON – Former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton today called on Houstonians to pass the Equal Rights Ordinance on Tuesday. Clinton Tweeted:
No one should face discrimination for who they are or who they love—I support efforts for equality in Houston & beyond.
Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance protects Houstonians from discrimination in housing, employment and public spaces across 15 classes, including race, gender, military status, sexual orientation and gender identity. Houston is the largest city in America that does not have these protections already in place.
Secretary Clinton’s statement comes in light of women business leaders in Houston who have urged the Ordinance’s passage including Dr. Laura Murillo, president and CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. In an ad released by Houston Unites, she says, “When you step back, at the end of the day, Proposition 1 is about discrimination.”
Oscar-winning actress Sally Field joined Clinton in supporting the ordinance for its protections for women citing that 1 in every 5 complaints filed under the ordinance were based on gender or pregnancy. Field said, “A vote for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance is a vote to treat everyone fairly and equally under the law.”
The majority of discrimination claims (56%) filed with the city of Houston over the last year have been based on race, with 17% based on gender and pregnancy. Most recently, the Gaslamp in Midtown discriminated against two Latinas who were charged cover because of the way they looked.
Houston Unites is the campaign working to win a “YES” vote on Proposition 1, Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, in November. The leading partners include: ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas, Freedom for All Americans, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP Houston Branch and Texas Freedom Network.