Texas elections: Texans offer their views on nondiscrimination proposal

Texas state capitol in Austin.

Texas state capitol in Austin.

AUSTIN, Texas — Some Houston residents who say they voted Tuesday in favor of a proposal to grant nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people raised employment issues.

Kade Smith says it’s about time that all U.S. cities have an anti-discrimination policy. Smith says it’s very easy for employers — especially in Texas, which is a right-to-work state — to fire someone for anything.

A right-to-work state means a person cannot be denied employment because of membership or non-membership in a labor union or other labor group.

Another voter, Willy Golden, says he thinks we need some regulations to help working people.

Residents of Houston will also decide whether to grant non-discrimination protections for gay and transgender people, plus pick a new mayor. Houston Mayor Annise Parker is limited from running again due to term limits.

Voters in House District 118 will pick a replacement for state Rep. Joe Farias. The five-term Democrat from San Antonio in August announced his resignation from the Legislature.

Polls are open until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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