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Conservative Activist Picks Up Fight Against Houston Equal Rights Ordinance – Again

Houston businessman Dave Wilson delivered more signatures to City Hall on Thursday.

Houston businessman Dave Wilson unloaded 8 boxes of signatures from a restored 1956 Lincoln, and took them to City Secretary Anna Russell.

Wilson: “There’s a summary of each box.”

Anna Russell: “Okay.”

Wilson: “So there’s 22,173.”

The petition demands a city charter amendment that would define gender identity as the gender a person was born as. It is aimed at the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which bans discrimination based on gender identity, race and sexual orientation.

Wilson submitted the same petition three months ago, but missed the minimum number of signatures required. He had then to start over the signature collection.

“The main issue here, whether you agree with us or not, is the fact that the people are going to have a right to vote,” Wilson said.

He said he brought the petitions for the city secretary to verify, in an attempt to have the issue placed on the ballot in November.

“There’s probably be some legal challenges, and I have my legal team ready and we’re ready to file mandamus and the district court action — whatever needs to happen,” Wilson said.

Mayor Parker’s spokeswoman Janice Evans said even if Wilson has more than the required number of signatures, they are not valid because he did not collect them within the 30 day time frame following passage of the ordinance.

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