Houston Unites Launches First TV Ad Featuring Clergy Backing the Equal Rights Ordinance

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September 24 2015

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HOUSTON – Houston Unites launched the first television ad of the campaign today featuring prominent Houston pastors and their wives who support Proposition 1, the Equal Rights Ordinance. In the ad, Pastors Rudy and Juanita Rasmus, with Rev. Brandon Peete and his family, crystalize what the Ordinance is all about: treating everyone fairly and equally under the law. The $400,000 ad buy will run for three weeks on all four broadcast networks.

As Christians, we believe in treating others as we want to be treated,” says Rev. Rasmus in the ad. “We’re voting yes on proposition one, so everyone can provide for their families, without fear of discrimination.” 

Rev. Peete makes clear the Equal Rights Ordinance is “a local tool that makes sure folks in our churches, and all Houstonians, no matter their race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or military status, can earn a living, have a place to live and be served by a business.”

Fresh data from the city Office of Inspector General show that 56 percent of the claims filed since the Ordinance was passed in May 2014 involved racial discrimination in Houston. Houston Unites released a memo yesterday highlighting the incidents of racial discrimination in the city.

The ad can be viewed here and is running on KTRK (ABC), KRIV (FOX), KPRC (NBC), and KHOU (CBS).

A transcript of the ad follows:

Pastor Rasmus:        As Christians, we believe in treating others as we want to be treated.

Mrs. Peete:                That’s what we’re teaching our son . . .

Rev. Peete:                And that’s why we’re voting Yes on Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance.

Rev. Peete:                It’s a local tool that makes sure folks in our churches, and all Houstonians, no matter their race, age, gender, sexual orientation, or military status, can earn a living, have a place to live, and be served by a business.

Mrs. Rasmus:           We are all God’s children.

Pastor Rasmus:       We’re voting yes on proposition one, so everyone can provide for their families, without fear of discrimination.

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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.

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