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Will Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance Pass or Fail?

The Houston city council is delaying a vote on the proposed Equal Rights Ordinance by one week while members review various amendments to the measure. The proposal would ban discrimination based on sex, race, age, and religion, and expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents. The ordinance would apply to private businesses, housing, city […]

The Houston city council is delaying a vote on the proposed Equal Rights Ordinance by one week while members review various amendments to the measure.

The proposal would ban discrimination based on sex, race, age, and religion, and expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents. The ordinance would apply to private businesses, housing, city employment and city contracting. Churches would be exempt.

Officials say Houston is the only major metropolitan city in the country that doesn’t prohibit discrimination by businesses such as restaurants, bars and hotels.

Regardless of when the vote comes — and if it passes or fails — we talk about the language of the ordinance and the challenges of meeting the needs of the LGBT community while also satisfying the general public, which is divided over it.

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