Julian Castro Urges Support for Proposition 1 in New Ad

October 27, 2015

Anna Núñez | Anna@houstonunites.org| 713-325-7010 office | 713-857-9160 cell

HOUSTON – Texas native Julian Castro, the former San Antonio mayor and current U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is asking Houstonians to support Proposition 1, the Equal Rights Ordinance, in a new ad.  San Antonio passed similar nondiscrimination protections into law when Castro served as mayor.

In the ad, Castro notes that 56 percent of the discrimination reports filed in Houston over the last year were based on race, while 14 percent were based on gender or pregnancy. The Equal Rights Ordinance is a local tool that would protect everyone from discrimination, regardless of age, gender, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or military status.

Secretary Castro’s ad can be viewed here:

A full transcript follows:

Hi. This is former San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Texas is a great place to live and raise a family, but we can always make it even better. Sadly, too many Texans still face discrimination.

In Houston, 56 percent of discrimination reports filed in the last year were based on race, and 14 percent were based on gender or pregnancy. That’s why Houston needs Proposition 1, the Equal Rights Ordinance. It’s a local tool that helps protect everyone; regardless of race, religion, gender, military status and more. Without local protections against discrimination, people can’t get the legal help they need when it happens. It’s wrong and it hurts families and our whole community.

As mayor, I supported these nondiscrimination protections in my hometown because I believe everyone should have a fair opportunity to earn a living and provide for their families free from the fear of discrimination.

I hope you’ll vote ‘YES’ on Houston’s Proposition 1 on November 3.

Last week, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s president and CEO, Dr. Laura Murillo, said the Equal Rights Ordinance is needed so Houston “may continue being a world-class city with zero tolerance for discrimination.”


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.