The controversial Houston ordinance which would allow men who dress as women to use ladies bathrooms was soundly defeated to the delight of logical Houstonians, but proponents vowed to ignore voter’s wishes.
The measure, known officially as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) and more commonly as the “bathroom ordinance,” was thwarted in spite of support from prominent Democrats including President Obama and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who butted heads with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on social media over the legislation.
.@GregAbbott_TX is right about one thing: equality is one of Hillary’s values. Houston—vote #YesOnProp1 today. https://t.co/AI0IWnqhB7
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 3, 2015
HOUSTON: Vote Texas values, not @HillaryClinton values. Vote NO on City of Houston Proposition 1. No men in women’s bathrooms. — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 2, 2015
Houston’s lesbian Mayor Annise Parker lashed out at opposition to the ordinance as a “stain” on the city. “This was a campaign of fear-mongering and deliberate lies,” she told KHOU of the strong anti HERO campaign waged by opponents. “No one’s rights should be subject to a popular vote.” “This will have stained Houston’s reputation as a tolerant, welcoming global city,” she added. “I absolutely fear there will be a direct economic backlash.”
#Houston Mayor Annise Parker on #HERO , “This was a campaign of fear mongering and deliberate lies.”#KHOUElection pic.twitter.com/5J1klNX53e — The Bishop (@BillBishopKHOU) November 4, 2015
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick praised the bill’s defeat and chastised the campaign of elites he said were behind pushing the measure.
“The supporters of this proposition brought in movie stars and elites from Washington D.C. and Hollywood to try to force their twisted agenda on the good people of Texas,” he said. “It didn’t work and advocates of this ridiculous proposal are on notice tonight that the voters of Houston will not stand for this kind of liberal nonsense.”
Former Houston Astros first baseman and outspoken christian Lance Berkman was one of the biggest opponents of the measure which drew him criticism from progressives. KHOU reported that voter turnout was nearly double that of the city’s last three elections which analysts attributed to strong opposition to the bill.
A conservative culture war victory via the ballot box in a pro-Obama area can only mean one thing: progressives will get a judge to nix it. — Sean Davis (@seanmdav) November 4, 2015
Scary thought. Could it be true? Houston Unites, the group formed to fight for the ordinance, vowed to keep fighting. “We are gravely disappointed that for now, Houstonians will continue to be denied critical local protections against discrimination,” it said in a statement on its Facebook page. “Tonight is not the end.”
#WeBelieveInHouston because we love this city—and we’ll keep fighting for it. pic.twitter.com/oOhioa8LWx — Houston Unites (@Houston_Unites) November 4, 2015
Equality lost in Houston tonight. But with widespread support for nondiscrimination protections, the fight isnt over https://t.co/dIXgtAVgWF — LGBT Progress (@LGBTProgress) November 4, 2015
Our fight for equality is not over.#HoustonElection #HERO #LGBT @chrisriotta https://t.co/WVlJGXqPoc via MicNews — Marina (@MarinaLivas) November 3, 2015
Activists say they will keep fighting for #HERO. But tonight it has been repealed: https://t.co/yjWs0sHz5E pic.twitter.com/EmfHL4w0Qy — The Advocate (@TheAdvocateMag) November 4, 2015
If you cannot get it done democratically get an activist judge to usurp democracy to push your agenda. It’s the “progressive” way.
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