Houston’s Proposition 1 or “the bathroom bill” failed in a popular vote last night by a wide margin — sending a message of safety, hope, and sanity. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance or “HERO” was a sweeping equal rights ordinance that would have included “gender identity” and allowed men access to women’s restrooms, locker rooms, and changing areas.
After HERO was narrowly approved by Houston’s city council it was met with public, wide-spread opposition. This win comes after a grassroots petition drive to bring it to HERO to a vote.
Houston Mayor, and vocal proponent of HERO, Annise Parker said: “This will have stained Houston’s reputation as a tolerant, welcoming global city… I absolutely fear there will be a direct economic backlash.”
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released a statement that read: “I want to thank the voters in the City of Houston for turning out in record numbers to defeat Houston Prop 1 – the bathroom ordinance. The voters clearly understand that this proposition was never about equality – that is already the law. It was about allowing men to enter women’s restrooms and locker rooms – defying common sense and common decency.”