Houston Unites Launches Web Ad Featuring Houston Police Officer Backing Proposition 1

“It’s already illegal for men to go into a women’s bathroom to harm or harass someone. Proposition 1 won’t change that.”

HOUSTON – Houston Unites today released a video featuring former Houston police officer Ed Gonzalez taking issue with Equal Rights Ordinance opponents’ false claims about public safety.  In the spot, Gonzalez says, “It’s already illegal for men to go into a women’s bathroom to harm or harass someone. Proposition 1 won’t change that.”

The transcript of the Gonzalez ad follows:

“As a former police officer and father of four girls I’m always in protection mode. I’ve heard concerns that Proposition 1 could put women and children at risk in restrooms. So I looked into it, and learned that in cities in Texas with similar laws there’s been no uptick in public safety incidences. It’s already illegal for men to go into a women’s bathroom to harm or harass someone. Proposition 1 won’t change that. The facts show that it’ll keep people safe and protect all Houstonians from discrimination. Vote Yes on Proposition 1.”

More than 17 states and 200 cities, including Dallas, El Paso and San Antonio, have put these laws in place successfully with no increase in public safety incidents.

“We know that the claims about public safety made by opponents of Proposition 1 are completely false,” said Richard Carlbom, Houston Unites campaign manager. “It’s important to set the record straight so we can have an honest conversation about what the Equal Rights Ordinance is really about—protecting all people, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, military status, age, pregnancy or disability—from discrimination at work, in housing, and public places.”

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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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