Annise Parker

Houston LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance rejected by voters

Houston LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance rejected by voters

An ordinance that would have established nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people in Houston failed to win approval from voters on Tuesday.

The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance was rejected after a nearly 18-month battle that spawned rallies, legal fights and accusations of both religious intolerance and demonization of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

With nearly 95 percent of precincts reporting, Houston residents had rejected the ordinance by a vote of 61 percent to 39 percent.

Supporters of the ordinance said it would have offered increased protections for gay and transgender people, as well as protections against discrimination...

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