HOUSTON, TX - In Houston, where minorities make up the majority of citizens, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, known as HERO or Proposition One, seeks to level the playing field advocating that everyone should be treated fairly and equally under the law.
But with most issues in the political arena, there is dissent. In this case it stems from the protection of transgender men and women using bathrooms with which they gender identify. Passed by City Council in May 2014, HERO came under attack almost immediately.
Now, new ads for the HERO vote, set for Nov. 3, are intensifying. Former Houston Astro Lance Berkman recorded one for the anti-HERO group Campaign for Houston, which he says, "Proposition One, the bathroom ordinance, would allow troubled men to enter women`s public bathrooms, showers and locker rooms."
Supporters of the measure designed to protect Houston`s LGBT residents and visitors released their first television ad, featuring a couple of pastors and their families giving their blessings.
"As Christians we believe in treating others as we want to be treated. That`s why we`re voting yes on Houston`s Equal Rights Ordinance," the ad says in part.