Only 25,000 signatures were needed to force the issue onto the ballot. Signatures are still being verified, but there will probably be enough to force a vote. Mayor Annise Parker, who championed the ordinance, said she will have it placed on the November ballot if the city secretary certifies the vote.
GLBT Political Caucus President Noel Freeman encouraged people to look through signatures on the petition to see if their names were added fraudulently.
Those petitioning the city said the organization posted the names and addresses as a form of intimidation and to get people fired from their jobs.
In a KHOU-TV report, one supporter of the ordinance found irony in this.
“I just find it incredibly ironic that a group whose M.O. was to track down gay people outside of bars and try to get them fired from their jobs for decades are now suddenly worried about people losing their jobs,” said Kristen Capps.