The proposition fixes wording from the original ordinance that is more than a decade old. Sexual orientation and gender identity are listed as separate categories in the new wording, although both were already included. The wording will be clearer and more inclusive.
This contrasts dramatically with protests and lawsuits over HERO, Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, that passed but has not been implemented as it’s battled in court.
Another proposition seeking a pay raise for mayor and city council members also passed, but only by a slim margin.
The only proposition heading for defeat would have allowed changes to the city’s thoroughfare plan without notifying adjacent property owners.