HERO repeal petition deemed invalid

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HOUSTON – A district judge today declared that opponents of the Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance failed to meet the minimum signature requirements for a ballot initiative. Today’s ruling is based on the jury’s verdict, which uncovered rampant forgeries, and fatal defects in the submitted petitions, as well as a recount by the City of Houston based on the verdict and judge’s ruling.

Here are some reactions to that decision:

“This is a great victory in the courts, and a great day for civil rights in Houston, Texas.  The jury found for the City, and now the judge has found in favor of the City too.  I am gratified that the judge signed a final judgment rejecting the plaintiffs’ claims and confirming that their pro-discrimination referendum petition failed.  We will be prepared if the plaintiffs decide to appeal.” – Donna Edmundson, Houston City Attorney

“I would hope that the plaintiffs would not appeal, they lost during a jury trial and today they also lost with the judge’s ruling. Now all Houstonians have access to the same protections.” – Mayor Annise Parker

“The court’s decision is of great significance to the City, and to me, personally, it is vindication of a process that I was an integral part of and it is a further step forward in ensuring equal rights for all Houstonians. I congratulate the Mayor and thank her, again, for giving me the opportunity to a part of making our city a better place.” – Former Houston City Attorney David Feldman

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