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Opponents of Houston LGBT ordinance sue city after failed referendum attempt

| Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Houston mayor Annise Parker announces that opponents of an LGBT-inclusive equal right ordinance did not submit enough valid signature to force a ballot referendum.
HOUSTON — Opponents of Houston's new protections for LGBT residents have sued the city after failing to collect enough votes for a repeal referendum. The Houston Chronicle reports the lawsuit filed late Tuesday contests how signatures were counted for the referendum petition. It claims City Attorney David Feldman illegally verified the signatures.

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Opponents of Houston equal rights ordinance fail to qualify for ballot

| Monday, August 4, 2014
Houston
HOUSTON -- Opponents of Houston's LGBT-inclusive Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) fell short of qualifying for a ballot referendum, Mayor Annise Parker announced Monday afternoon. The petition needed at least 17,269 valid signatures from registered Houston voters to put a repeal of the ordinance before voters in November.

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Opponents of Houston LGBT ordinance may fall short of qualifying for ballot

| Saturday, August 2, 2014
Opponents of Houston's equal rights ordinance deliver boxes to the City Secretary containing thousands of signature calling for a ballot referendum.
Houston city officials say they will announce Monday whether opponents of the city's new LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance have obtained enough valid petition signatures to force a ballot referendum aimed at repealing the measure. But already, City Attorney David Feldman is hinting that many of the petitions submitted don't meet legal...

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Vote on Houston LGBT anti-bias ordinance still possible

| Sunday, July 27, 2014
Houston
HOUSTON -- Houston city leaders still don't know whether opponents of new anti-bias protections for LGBT residents have enough signatures to force a repeal vote in November. The Houston City Council in May adopted the discrimination bans in housing, employment and services provided by private businesses such as hotels and restaurants. Critics contend ...

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Opponents of Houston equal rights law submit signatures for public vote

| Friday, July 4, 2014
Opponents of Houston's equal rights ordinance deliver boxes to the City Secretary containing thousands of signature calling for a ballot referendum.
HOUSTON — Opponents of Houston’s new LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance on Thursday delivered what they say are thousands of voters’ signatures requesting that it be repealed. The group, consisting of pastors and faith-based organizations, said they had collected more than 50,000 signatures calling for a ballot referendum aimed at repealing...

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‘Very personal’ battle in Houston could get even more personal for Mayor Parker

| Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Annise Parker
In a battle she characterized as “very personal” and “about me,” Annise Parker, the openly gay mayor of Houston, won a victory last week when the city council passed a law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Now, she may have to take on two bigger fights: one to protect the law from a referendum, and another to protect her job from a recall effort.

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Houston city council approves LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance

| Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Houston, Texas
Houston city leaders on Wednesday approved expanded anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents in a measure that critics argued would impede their religious liberties.

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Houston city council delays vote on LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance

| Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Houston, Texas
HOUSTON -- The Houston City Council has delayed a vote on a proposed ordinance to extend a city ban on discrimination to protect gay, lesbian and transgender citizens.

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Hundreds rally outside Houston city hall to protest equal rights ordinance

| Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Hundreds gather outside Houston City Hall on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, to protest a proposed ant-discrimination ordinance.
HOUSTON -- Various pastors along with several hundred people gathered outside Houston City Hall to protest a proposed ordinance that would expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents.

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Houston city council delays vote on equal rights ordinance

| Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Houston
HOUSTON -- The Houston city council has delayed a vote on whether to approve an ordinance consolidating its bans on discrimination based on sex, race, age and religion, and expand anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents.

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