Houston City Council Passes Non-Discrimination Ordinance Protecting City’s LGBT Community

Annise Parker Signing Ordinance via Twitter

Annise Parker Signing Ordinance via Twitter

 

What seems like an easy decision to pass a non-discrimination ordinance in a city headed by an openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker, turned into a lengthy process as the Houston City Council listened to over 200 speakers, but eventually passed sweeping legislation to protect the LGBT population. The LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance was signed by the recently married Annise Parker yesterday and will protect people based on sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, genetic information, and family, marital or military status in businesses that serve the public, private employers, housing, city employment, and city contracting. If a business is found to be violating the ordinance they could be fined up to $5,000.

 

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