Houston Approves Expanded Protections for Gays

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    May 29, 2014 2:00 AM GMT
    Houston leaders on Wednesday approved expanded anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents in a measure that critics argued would impede their religious liberties.

    The ordinance consolidates consolidate city bans on discrimination based on sex, race, age, religion and other categories and increases protections for gay and transgender residents. It takes effect in 30 days.

    The Houston City Council voted 11-6 in favor of the ordinance to loud cheers inside their chambers. Fewer than 30 people spoke against the measure during a public hearing that lasted more than seven hours. The council chambers and an overflow room were packed for Wednesday's hearing, and more than 200 people spoke.
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    Those who protested the ordinance, including various local pastors, said it's unconstitutional and would infringe on their right to speak out against homosexuality. They argued residents in the nation's fourth-largest city should be allowed to vote on the issue through a referendum.

    "I believe this ordinance is really about stepping on some people's freedoms," Houston resident Stephanie McHugh told the council.

    McHugh said businesses and churches would be forced to recognize ideas that are against their beliefs, though officials said religious institutions would be exempt from the law.


    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/houston-council-approves-gay-rights-ordinance-23906683
  • KissTheSky

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    May 29, 2014 2:06 AM GMT
    This is great news! It's pretty amazing to see tiny segments of the South finally saying no to the Conservative agenda of bigotry.
    Things seem to be moving so quickly that I wonder if the next GOP Presidential candidate can get away with being as strongly anti-gay as Mitt Romney was, who wanted to permanently establish gay people as second-class citizens through an amendment to the Constitution. How embarrassingly ignorant does that sound now? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 29, 2014 2:27 AM GMT
    KissTheSky saidThis is great news! It's pretty amazing to see tiny segments of the South finally saying no to the Conservative agenda of bigotry.

    But there are still Republican elements trying to prevent individual communities around the US like Houston from claiming this authority to block anti-LGBT discrimination within their local jurisdictions. This remains an ongoing struggle, and there may be setbacks, but every small victory like this still moves us closer to true equality throughout the land.
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    May 29, 2014 4:03 AM GMT
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    May 29, 2014 12:05 PM GMT
    Woo-hoo!

    The death-throes of "Let The People Vote!" on the rights of minorities is a hoot. Have those folks not been paying attention outside of their myopic worlds?
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    May 29, 2014 12:09 PM GMT
    Does anybody know the largest remaining US city without a nondiscrimination ordinance covering LGBTs?

    Is it Jacksonville, Florida? How they failed to pass one a couple years ago, when a Councilmember successfully amended the language only to vote it down later, was fascinating. That Councilman's still there.

    EDIT: Still digging, still looks like HRC's list could use a minor update (San Antonio?). Maybe somebody could create a Wiki (one noting protections for gender identity as well as sexual orientation)?

    http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/cities-and-counties-with-non-discrimination-ordinances-that-include-gender

    http://www.lgbtmap.org/equality-maps/non_discrimination_ordinances

    EDIT x2: Just checked... it's Jacksonville. I'm working on a cursory list based on US 2010 populations.
  • roadbikeRob

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    May 29, 2014 12:46 PM GMT
    If these expanded protections are put up for public referendum, chances are that a fairly large percentage of Houston voters will vote to repeal them. Houston like the rest of Texas and most of the South is still religiously conservative and socially intolerant despite sizable numbers of progressives that populate the downtown/inner city neighborhoods of Houston. The exact same situation exist in San Antonio, Dallas, and Fort Worth.
  • cowboyathlete

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    May 29, 2014 5:23 PM GMT
    And yet Houston has repeatedly elected someone who is openly lesbian to public office.
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    May 29, 2014 5:27 PM GMT
    **DRAFT LIST** (I'm still working on it)

    US Cities lacking nondiscrimination ordinances (NDOs) protecting persons on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation for private employment, housing, and public accommodation, by Census 2013 estimated population.

    (total population estimate in parentheses)

    *Does not include Cities in states with NDOs that cover them)

    *May not include Cities in states, like Tennessee, that bar municipalities from requiring companies to have internal non-discrimination policies covering LGBT persons

    *Does not include Cities in states, like Illinois, with statewide blanket protection of LGBT persons

    *May include Cities barring nondiscrimination only for public-sector municipal employment (identified by "Public Employment only")

    Jacksonville, Florida (842,583) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Charlotte, North Carolina (792,862) - Public Employment only; No other NDO for Gender Identity

    El Paso, Texas (674,433) - Public Employment and Public Accommodations only; No Housing or Private Employment NDOs for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Mesa, Arizona (457,587) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Raleigh, North Carolina (431,746) - Public Employment only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No other NDO for Sexual Orientation; No NDO for Gender Identity

    Miami, Florida (417,650) - No NDO for Gender Identity; NDO in Consolidated Miami-Dade County for Sexual Orientation only

    Arlington, Texas (379,577) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation; City policy prohibits discrimination by city employees, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only

    Tampa, Florida (352,957) - No Specified NDO in Public Employment for Gender Identity

    Corpus Christi, Texas (316,381) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Toledo, Ohio (282,313) - No Specified NDO in Public Employment for Gender Identity

    Plano, Texas (274,409) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Fort Wayne, Indiana (256,496) - Employment and Public Accommodations only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No Housing NDO for Sexual Orientation; No NDO for Gender Identity

    Orlando, Florida (255,483) - No NDO for Gender Identity at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Orange County level.

    St. Petersburg, Florida (248,688 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity at the City or County levels; Public Employment Only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation; NDO at the larger Pinellas County level, on the basis of Sexual Orientation.

    Laredo, Texas (248,142) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Lubbock, Texas (239,538 ) - Public Employment only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No other NDO for Sexual Orientation; No NDO for Gender Identity

    Glendale, Arizona (234,632) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Garland, Texas (234,566) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Hialeah, Florida (233,394) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation; NDO in Consolidated Miami-Dade County for Sexual Orientation only

    Gilbert, Arizona (229,972) - Public Accommodations only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No other NDO for Sexual Orientation; No NDO for Gender Identity

    Irving, Texas (228,653) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Scottsdale, Arizona (226,918 ) - Public Employment only; No other NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Akron, Ohio (198,100) - Housing and Public/Private Employment only; No Public Accommodations NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Amarillo, Texas (196,429) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Grand Prairie, Texas (183,372) - Public Employment only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No other NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida (172,379) - No NDO for Gender Identity at the City level; Public Employment only at the City level, on the basis of Sexual Orientation; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Port St. Lucie, Florida (171,016) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Cape Coral, Florida (165,831) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Peoria, Arizona (162,592) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Pembroke Pines, Florida (162,329) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    McKinney, Texas (148,559) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Pembroke Pines, Florida (146,526) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Mesquite, Texas (143,484) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Killeen, Texas (137,147) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Frisco, Texas (136,791) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    McAllen, Texas (136,639) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Miramar, Florida (130,288 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Waco, Texas (129,030) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Topeka, Kansas (127,679) - Public Employment only; No other NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Carrollton, Texas (126,700) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Coral Springs, Florida (126,604) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Midland, Texas (123,933) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Surprise, Arizona (123,546) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Denton, Texas (123,099) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Abilene, Texas (120,099) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Beaumont, Texas (117,796) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Miami Gardens, Florida (111,378 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation; NDO in Consolidated Miami-Dade County for Sexual Orientation only

    Odessa, Texas (110,720) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Round Rock, Texas (109,821) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Clearwater, Florida (109,703) - No NDO for Gender Identity at the City or County levels; NDO at the larger Pinellas County level, on the basis of Sexual Orientation.

    Palm Bay, Florida (104,898 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Wichita Falls, Texas (104,898 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Richardson, Texas (104,475) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Coral Springs, Florida (104,410) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Lewisville, Texas (101,074) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Lakeland, Florida (100,710) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Tyler, Texas (100,223) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Pearland, Texas (100,065) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    College Station, Texas (100,050) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    SOURCES - Wikipedia (LGBT Rights in US States), Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Scorecards, LGBTMap.org, Google News
  • tazzari

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    May 29, 2014 8:14 PM GMT
    I wish the headline had read "Houston extends equal rights," or "recognizes equality." I'm uncomfortable with "protection" - but that's just me.

    But the party that has the Duck Dynasty guy speaking at their leadership conference shows exactly where it stands. (See http://www.advocate.com/politics/2014/05/29/duck-dynasty-star-speak-republican-leadership-conference )

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    May 30, 2014 2:01 PM GMT
    the Houston equal rights effort has exceptions based on religion. Otherwise; roll with jesus and you can aspire to be the biggest best bigot you can be.
    Being truly equal is critically dependent on all the details being there.
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    May 31, 2014 2:15 PM GMT
    dayumm said**DRAFT LIST** (I'm still working on it)

    US Cities lacking nondiscrimination ordinances (NDOs) protecting persons on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation for private employment, housing, and public accommodation, by Census 2013 estimated population.

    (total population estimate in parentheses)

    *Does not include Cities in states with NDOs that cover them)

    *May not include Cities in states, like Tennessee, that bar municipalities from requiring companies to have internal non-discrimination policies covering LGBT persons

    *Does not include Cities in states, like Illinois, with statewide blanket protection of LGBT persons

    *May include Cities barring nondiscrimination only for public-sector municipal employment (identified by "Public Employment only")

    Jacksonville, Florida (842,583) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Charlotte, North Carolina (792,862) - Public Employment only; No other NDO for Gender Identity

    El Paso, Texas (674,433) - Public Employment and Public Accommodations only; No Housing or Private Employment NDOs for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Mesa, Arizona (457,587) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Raleigh, North Carolina (431,746) - Public Employment only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No other NDO for Sexual Orientation; No NDO for Gender Identity

    Miami, Florida (417,650) - No NDO for Gender Identity; NDO in Consolidated Miami-Dade County for Sexual Orientation only

    Arlington, Texas (379,577) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation; City policy prohibits discrimination by city employees, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only

    Tampa, Florida (352,957) - No Specified NDO in Public Employment for Gender Identity

    Corpus Christi, Texas (316,381) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Toledo, Ohio (282,313) - No Specified NDO in Public Employment for Gender Identity

    Plano, Texas (274,409) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Fort Wayne, Indiana (256,496) - Employment and Public Accommodations only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No Housing NDO for Sexual Orientation; No NDO for Gender Identity

    Orlando, Florida (255,483) - No NDO for Gender Identity at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Orange County level.

    St. Petersburg, Florida (248,688 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity at the City or County levels; Public Employment Only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation; NDO at the larger Pinellas County level, on the basis of Sexual Orientation.

    Laredo, Texas (248,142) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Lubbock, Texas (239,538 ) - Public Employment only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No other NDO for Sexual Orientation; No NDO for Gender Identity

    Glendale, Arizona (234,632) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Garland, Texas (234,566) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Hialeah, Florida (233,394) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation; NDO in Consolidated Miami-Dade County for Sexual Orientation only

    Gilbert, Arizona (229,972) - Public Accommodations only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No other NDO for Sexual Orientation; No NDO for Gender Identity

    Irving, Texas (228,653) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Scottsdale, Arizona (226,918 ) - Public Employment only; No other NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Akron, Ohio (198,100) - Housing and Public/Private Employment only; No Public Accommodations NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Amarillo, Texas (196,429) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Grand Prairie, Texas (183,372) - Public Employment only, on the basis of Sexual Orientation only; No other NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Fort Lauderdale, Florida (172,379) - No NDO for Gender Identity at the City level; Public Employment only at the City level, on the basis of Sexual Orientation; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Port St. Lucie, Florida (171,016) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Cape Coral, Florida (165,831) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Peoria, Arizona (162,592) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Pembroke Pines, Florida (162,329) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    McKinney, Texas (148,559) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Pembroke Pines, Florida (146,526) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Mesquite, Texas (143,484) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Killeen, Texas (137,147) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Frisco, Texas (136,791) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    McAllen, Texas (136,639) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Miramar, Florida (130,288 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Waco, Texas (129,030) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Topeka, Kansas (127,679) - Public Employment only; No other NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Carrollton, Texas (126,700) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Coral Springs, Florida (126,604) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Midland, Texas (123,933) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Surprise, Arizona (123,546) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Denton, Texas (123,099) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Abilene, Texas (120,099) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Beaumont, Texas (117,796) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Miami Gardens, Florida (111,378 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation; NDO in Consolidated Miami-Dade County for Sexual Orientation only

    Odessa, Texas (110,720) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Round Rock, Texas (109,821) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Clearwater, Florida (109,703) - No NDO for Gender Identity at the City or County levels; NDO at the larger Pinellas County level, on the basis of Sexual Orientation.

    Palm Bay, Florida (104,898 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Wichita Falls, Texas (104,898 ) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Richardson, Texas (104,475) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Coral Springs, Florida (104,410) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation at the City level; NDO for Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation at the larger Broward County level.

    Lewisville, Texas (101,074) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Lakeland, Florida (100,710) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Tyler, Texas (100,223) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    Pearland, Texas (100,065) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    College Station, Texas (100,050) - No NDO for Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation

    SOURCES - Wikipedia (LGBT Rights in US States), Human Rights Campaign Municipal Equality Scorecards, LGBTMap.org, Google News
    Most of these cities that don't have protections for gays are in Texas. This is just valid proof that Texas will never change, it will always be an intolerant, ultra conservative shithole. What Houston has is a fluke and can be overridden by the Texas state legislature.
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    Jun 01, 2014 1:24 AM GMT
    pellaz saidthe Houston equal rights effort has exceptions based on religion. Otherwise; roll with jesus and you can aspire to be the biggest best bigot you can be.
    Being truly equal is critically dependent on all the details being there.


    Hahaha roll with Jesus hahahaha
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 03, 2014 1:55 PM GMT
    Snaz said
    pellaz saidthe Houston equal rights effort has exceptions based on religion. Otherwise; roll with jesus and you can aspire to be the biggest best bigot you can be.
    Being truly equal is critically dependent on all the details being there.


    Hahaha roll with Jesus hahahaha
    What do you expect from the homophobic, xenophobic state of Texas, they all prefer to keep rolling with Jesus and will continue to do so well into the future.