Houston Passes Sweeping Equal Rights Ordinance

Houston Passes Sweeping Equal Rights Ordinance

Houston, Texas passes sweeping equal rights ordinance, despite vocal opposition.
(KPRC) The emotional battle over Houston, Texas' controversial Equal Rights Ordinance finally came to an end Wednesday. City Council passed the ordinance in an 11-6 vote.

Wednesday's meeting began at 9 a.m. and continued until 8 p.m. as speakers were given a chance to add their voices to the debate before council voted.

According to the city secretary, the issue prompted 209 people to speak on the proposed ordinance -- the biggest turnout the public comments council has seen.

The ordinance bans discrimination in housing and employment, and would extend protections to Houston's gay and transgender community.

Also included among the 14 now-protected characteristics were race, ethnicity, age, religion and disability.

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