Okay, so yesterday the Houston City Council passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordnance (HERO) by a vote of 11 – 6.
The measure bans discrimination based not just on sexual orientation and gender identity but also, as federal laws do, sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy and genetic information, as well as family, marital or military status.
The ordinance applies to businesses that serve the public, private employers, housing, city employment and city contracting. Religious institutions would be exempt. Violators could be fined up to $5,000.
I don’t know why this has the haters upset. After all, they can still discriminate at church.
The reaction from the Bible Thumpers has been delightful. They are going to try to recall the Mayor (remember that she won with 57% of the vote against eight opponents, with one of them spending enough money to burn a wet elephant) and are threatening to let the world know that there are gay people in Houston.
But, one of the cutest is the Texas-based GOPUSA group this morning in their newsletter.
I don’t know how the AP will feel about this. I know how I feel. Republicans are lazy, unable to write a sentence, and even less able to research.
Houston: where the only place you can discriminate is church.
Damn, you gotta wonder if the rightwing really thinks these things through.