Just hours ago, Houston Texans Owner Bob McNair released a statement announcing a change of heart on Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).
McNair had donated $10,000 to HERO’s opposition last week calling the ordinance “divisive.” In today’s statement he indicates that he’s requested his money back and voiced support for an equal rights ordinance:
I do not believe in or tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind. I also believe that we Houstonians should have an ordinance that unites our community and provides a bold statement of non-discrimination.
With Election Day just around the corner, Houston voters are taking stock. And, as our very own campaign manager Richard Carlbom points out—they’re seeing the NO on Prop 1 campaign for what it really is:
Like Bob McNair, many Houstonians are taking a step back and realizing the opposition’s ads on the Equal Rights Ordinance are intended to raise anxiety with outright distortions and, quite frankly, lies. When you take a second look, the Equal Rights Ordinance protects all Houstonians from discrimination and makes Houston a place everyone can be proud to call home. And that’s why the majority of small and large businesses in Houston support Proposition 1.
For many Houston voters, after learning exactly what Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance does, a YES vote on Proposition 1 seems obvious. We saw this trajectory in HERO ambassador Ed Gonzalez, a retired Houston police officer who went on TV to support our city’s equal rights ordinance.
We are thankful for Bob McNair’s change of heart and echo his call to get out the vote.