HOUSTON, TX- We’re just hours away from Election Day, and it’s time for big decisions to be made.
Houston citizens will elect a new mayor, city council members and take a stand on a number of state-wide propositions. But it’s the vote on proposition one, the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, that’s getting the most public attention.
“We wanna show that the city of Houston is inclusive… we’re appreciative, we’re understanding,” said resident Eric Cullather.
But Justin Jackson disagrees, “I like it but I don’t like it, in the sense of I kind of fear cause I have daughters and I don’t want them to go to the restroom and some guy walk in.”
On Monday, a diverse group of faith leaders from around town congregated at Grace Lutheran Church in the Montrose area to put forward a last push to support HERO.
“Despite what others have falsely claimed recently discrimination is real and happens every day here in Houston,” explained Rev. Jenni Martin Fairbanks.
Ben Hall is the only mayoral candidate who rejected the ordinance. He took a pre-vote moment to express his views one more time.
“The ordinance is so poorly drafted that it allows any man, not just transgender women or transgender men, but any man to self-identify as being female and gain access to sex-segregated areas,” he warned.
Activists on both sides of the controversy say the vote will be down to the wire… in many ways, that vote will decide the face of Houston in years to come. So, now you know: this is your chance to vote and be part of that future.