Houston repeals HERO, little girls just as likely to be assaulted in bathrooms


…which is, not at all.

Sidebar: I saw Dead Sara in concert last night, checking election results between sets, and some of their lyrics seemed relevant to include periodically here.

After a nearly two-year-long legal battle, voters in Houston struck down a fairly standard nondiscrimination ordinance yesterday. The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, #HERO for marketing purposes, would have protected anyone in the city from discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or pregnancy.

While it also levied fines against discrimination in employment, housing, public contracting, and city services, the real sticking point was its protections covering public accommodations. The ordinance would fine businesses between $250 and $5000 per complaint after an investigation. And I say “businesses” very loosely, since almost no small businesses would actually be under its jurisdiction. The ordinance exempted any company with under 50 employees, all religiously affiliated organizations and businesses, private clubs or schools, and government facilities.

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