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After State’s Supreme Court Ruling, Where Does HERO Go Next?

On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Houston’s City Council must either repeal the city’s equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot. That ruling follows a state district judge ruling three months ago that opponents of the non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum. The state […]


On Friday, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Houston’s City Council must either repeal the city’s equal rights ordinance or place it on the November ballot. That ruling follows a state district judge ruling three months ago that opponents of the non-discrimination ordinance failed to gather enough valid signatures to force a repeal referendum. The state Supreme Court, however, now says the City Secretary certified the petition which means the Council must reconsider and repeal the ordinance or put it before voters.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance bans discrimination of a variety of forms, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

News 88.7’s Florian Martin reported on the story, and spoke with Houston Matters’ Edel Howlin about the latest developments.

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