Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Supporters Gear Up for Early Voting

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HOUSTON, Tx - Early voting is only two days away, and with that deadline quickly approaching, supporters of Proposition 1, Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO for short, gathered Saturday to get their word out to voters.

"We have been campaigning over the last couple of months and we are now at the point where Monday is early voting," said campaign volunteer Melissa Vivanco

Proposition 1 proponents are hoping  early voting means a preliminary push for HERO, and ordinance they believe Houston so badly needs.

"If we look at Houston, we are the most diverse city in the United States and we have the responsibility of the title, so are we going to be the most diverse city in the U.S. that supports discrimination, or the most diverse city in the U.S. that's welcoming to all," said Vivanco.

"We need to do something now in order to encourage openness, diversity, and celebration of inclusion. If not in our city, where is that going to happen," added Pastor Troy Treash of Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church.

While supporters say this ordinance will promote equality in Houston, Proposition 1 is catching heat from the other side regarding privacy. Opponents are making their concerns known about its possible effects on public bathrooms, cited in multiple television ads.

For Dan Scarbrough, Proposition 1 is simply about outlawing discrimination at a local level, giving people the legal option to solve such issues locally instead of federally, like he's had to.

"If Prop one was here, what it would give you is a local remedy, where you could go the inspector general and file a complaint and they would investigate it," explained Scarbrough.

Scarbrough says after an incident he and his friends death with in Midtown last month, his only option was to file a federal law suit under the Civil Rights Act.

"You need to have a local way of addressing these situations so we don't have to file federal law suits for this. We need to do something about it. We need to change Houston for the better," said Scarbrough.

With two days until early voting, and two weeks until election day, we won't have to wait much longer to find out exactly what equality means to Houstonians.

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