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LIVE: Results Of HERO Repeal Petition Review

Petition to repeal Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance falls short.

Houston city officals announced Monday afternoon the HERO petition drive seeking to overturn the law fell short of the required signatures.

Opponents of the city’s equal rights ordinance submitted some 50,000 signatures to repeal the anti-discrimination policy.

If the opponents present enough valid signatures, the city council must decide whether to repeal the ordinance itself or put the issue up for a vote. City Attorney David Feldman has already said he will present to the city council an order calling for an election on the matter in November 2014.

The city has not been able to enforce the equal rights ordinance while the signatures were under review. Feldman said the city cannot enforce the policy as long as there is a pending request to repeal it.

Last May, the Houston City Council passed the ordinance that extends equal rights protections to gay and transgender residents in the city. Opponents argue that city leaders went too far.

Houston attorney Jared Woodfill told Houston Public Media that he plans to file a lawsuit against the city if failed to recognize the signatures. He made a statement in an interview with Houston Public Media last week. He was not available for comment Monday afternoon. 

 

 

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