Opponents of Houston’s nondiscrimination law have aired one of the most disgusting and outrageously deceptive ads we have ever seen in an effort to repeal it at the ballot box in November.
The law, known as Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), protects 15 different characteristics from discrimination in Texas’ largest city. Opponents of the law want to kill the legislation by focusing on just one of these characteristics: gender identity.
They are inciting misinformed hysteria by calling it “the bathroom ordinance” and launching a misleading ad to terrify parents. Watch the 40-second ad by an outfit called the Campaign for Houston below:
The Washington Post adds:
According to Code 1968, § 28-42.6; Ord. No. 72-904, § 2, 6-2-72, “It shall be unlawful for any person to knowingly and intentionally enter any public restroom designated for the exclusive use of the sex opposite to such person’s sex without the permission of the owner, tenant, manager, lessee or other person in charge of the premises, in a manner calculated to cause a disturbance.” In short, if you’re in the bathroom for any purpose other than relieving yourself, you’re breaking the law. And if you’re in there to molest children or commit rape, you’re also a monster.
Due to a legal challenge to HERO, the Texas Supreme Court ordered the Houston city council to repeal the law or put it up for popular vote this November.
As the Washington Post points out, nine other Texas cities with more than 100,000 already have anti-discrimination laws on the books.
In fact, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin have had anti-discrimination laws “for at least a decade” according to The Texas Tribune.