Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance racked up some high profile endorsements today. First, former Secretary of State and Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton today called on Houstonians to pass the Equal Rights Ordinance on Tuesday. She tweeted:
Then, just hours later, White House spokesperson Jeff Tiller issued a statement announcing the Obama Administration’s support for Proposition 1:
“While the Administration generally does not take a formal position on specific proposals or initiatives, the President and Vice President have been strong supporters of state and local efforts to protect Americans from being discriminated against based on who they are and who they love. We’re confident that the citizens of Houston will vote in the favor of fairness and equality.”
Support from the Obama Administration and Clinton support comes after high-profile endorsements from women business leaders in Houston, including Dr. Laura Murillo—President & CEO of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce—who yesterday released an ad in support of HERO, saying that the ordinance is about protecting everyone in our city from discrimination:
“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.”
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. And as incidents like those that have occurred at Gaslamp prove, Houstonians need a local tool to deal with a local issue.
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