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Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Vote Delayed

 
Houston Equal Rights Ordinance Vote Delayed
Posted Thursday, May 15th 2014 @ 4am  by By KTRH’s Cliff Saunders

There will be another delay Mayor Annise Parker’s Equal Rights Ordinance. The City Council tabled the vote on the controversial measure for two weeks. 

The vote will now take place on May 28th, and Mayor Parker isn't happy about it at all.

“It is personal. It is my life that is being discussed,” Parker said.

The issue that's causing the problem in the ordinance is the 'bathroom clause,' which would have allowed transgender people to use the facility of their choice. However, Mayor Parker doesn't necessarily see it that way.

“The debate is about me. It’s about two gay men at this table,” Parker said at the City Council meeting on Wednesday. 

The Mayor says she's not sure two weeks is enough time to resolve the issue, but says she wants this passed before she leaves office.

“It is very intensely personal. I don’t think it’s appropriate to forget that,” Parker stated.

Parker realizes the gay and transgender communities will not be happy with the delay.

“I know the people who are facing discrimination. I know what they are going through. I know how much it hurts,” Parker explained.

This is Mayor Parker's third and final term as Houston's Mayor.

 

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