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Human Rights Campaign President “Stunned” Over HERO Fail!

Houston Votes ‘No’ On A Major Anti-Discrimination Bill
Houston Votes ‘No’ On A Major Anti-Discrimination Bill

(Houston, TX)  Anti-LGBT activists in Houston succeeded in rolling back the crucial nondiscrimination protections for the city of Houston this November.

The election; as a result, left Houston with out local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, women, minorities, veterans, and many others.

“It’s almost unbelievable that this could happen in a vibrant and diverse city like Houston. And make no mistake: if we don’t double down on our commitment to equality today, we’ll face the same thing again and again in cities across the nation.” stated Chad Griffin, the national president of the Human Rights Campaign.

Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) passed the City Council last year, and forced onto the ballot by the Texas Supreme Court. Over the last few weeks, opponents fought with what HRC calls ‘shamelessly, misinformation and ugly lies’ about LGBT people in an effort to trick fair-minded voters into voting against HERO.

“Here in Texas we are going to keep up the fight for equality. And we are not going to let tonight’s loss in Houston set the tone for the upcoming year. We are counting on our faithful supporters like you to be there alongside us again for the tough battles ahead.” Griffin stated!

 

Houston Texan’s Owner Bob McNair Withdraws Support for Anti-Hero Campaign! Demands Return Of Contribution!

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

(Houston, TX) (AboutNEWS) The owner of the Houston Texan’s just released the following statement to About Magazine

“I recently made a personal contribution to Campaign for Houston because my thorough review of the HERO ordinance led me to believe that a thoughtful rewrite would provide a better ordinance that would provide strong non-discrimination protections for all Houstonians, which I would support, and would be less divisive of our city.”

“It was on these principles that I made my personal contribution to Campaign for Houston.  To my great dismay, Campaign for Houston made numerous unauthorized statements about my opposition to HERO in print, broadcast and social media – including attributing certain statements of belief to me.  Their actions and statements were never discussed with nor approved by me. Therefore I instructed the Campaign to return my contribution.”

“I do not believe in or tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind.  I also believe that we Houstonians should have an ordinance that unites our community and provides a bold statement of non-discrimination.  I encourage all Houstonians to vote on November 3.”

Robert F. Kennedy once said, “Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work together to change a small portion of events, and in the total of those acts will be written the history of our generation.”

Robert C. McNair

October 23, 2015

Did The Houston Texans Owner Violate NFL Discrimination Policy By Supporting Anti-HERO Ordinance

Houston Texans owner Robert McNair
Houston Texans owner Robert McNair

“It is the policy of the National Football League to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law.”

 

(HOUSTON, TX) Houston Texans’ owner, and devoted christian Robert McNair has joined the ranks of Lance Berkman, donating $10,000.00 to the Anti-Houston HERO campaign. [Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance] on the heels of going to the polls. But; does this donation violate the NFL’s policy on discrimination?

Campaign for Houston spokesman Jared Woodfill said the donation “was very exciting for us.” Relating to McNair’s check earlier this week.

(Update) Robert McNair has released the following statement.

“Houston is a city known for the diversity and exceptionalism of its hard working people. We are also a city that works to ensure that everyone is treated respectfully and fairly.” McNair stated in a statement released through the Houston Texans.

“I strongly believe that everyone who lives or works in or visits Houston should be treated with the utmost dignity and respect. Because of the way the HERO ordinance is written, it has begun to separate rather than unite our community. This problem can be solved by defeating the current bill in November, thoughtfully rewriting it and then resubmitting it to the voter,” McNair said.

“Bob and Janice have always taken their roles as Christian stewards very seriously” a sentence from the McNair Foundation website reads. Mr. McNair is a recipient of the Anti-Defamation League’s Torch of Liberty Award.- The nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency.

It’s not the first time the Houston Texans’ have been accused of discrimination. The Texan’s were scorned by the NFL over their refusal to select Michael Sam in the first overall draft pick.

“Coaches, General Managers and others responsible for interviewing and hiring draft-eligible players and free agents must not seek information concerning or make personnel decisions based on a player’s sexual orientation”- a memo issued by the NFL.

This includes asking questions during an interview that suggest that the player’s sexual orientation will be a factor in the decision to draft or sign him. Stated an internal memo from the NFL relating to the leagues sexual orientation anti-discrimination and harassment policy guidelines. All factors that would be covered in HERO.

The anti-HERO campaign is currently targeting women in first radio ads where speakers rail against anti-discrimination law that is on the November ballot. Most critics of the law, largely Christian conservatives, object to the non-discrimination protections it extends to gay and transgender residents — one of the 13 other protected groups.

Mayor Annise Parker, has warned that repealing the law could damage the city’s economy and could jeopardize high-profile events such as Houston’s 2017 Super Bowl.

“The HERO supporters have tried to scare people into believing that we would lose the Super Bowl,” Woodfill said. “Obviously, if there were any truth behind that, Bob McNair wouldn’t’ be donating to the folks that are opposed to the ordinance.”

Houston Lifestyles Magazine once wrote that Houston was truly blessed to have the McNair family relating to an article of the giving nature of the McNair family. “Robert and Janice McNair are very giving and sincerely care about their fellowman,” the article rattles. “The McNairs are a true class act, a witness for their Christian faith, and true leaders in every sense of the word.” But is supporting a cause against protecting thirteen different classes from discrimination really caring about the ‘fellowman?’

John Oliver Asked Every Presidential Candidate If They’d Pass an LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

John Oliver Asked Every Presidential Candidate If They’d Pass an LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law

The fight for gay rights is only just heating up.

June’s Supreme Court decision in favor of marriage equality was merely a battle, not the war. The current GOP primary battle royale is a constant reminder. The moment the gavel dropped, Republicans lashed out at the SCOTUS ruling. Stubborn county clerks in several states refused to hand out same-sex marriage licenses, legal consequences be damned. And young conservatives begged the country to respect their beliefs. According to an ardent few, judging homophobic people was persecution, too.

Just this weekend, actress Ellen Page stopped by the Iowa State Fair to put Republican candidate Ted Cruz on the spot about LGBT discrimination. Cruz cited a classic example: if a flower shop doesn’t want to serve gay customers it shouldn’t have to. Page vehemently disagreed. But the politician stuck to his spiel, confident that he’d debated her out of the ring. Onlookers felt otherwise, including John Oliver, who dedicated Sunday’s Last Week Tonight to the ongoing perils of being gay in America. Oliver runs down several cases of discrimination that look baffling in a vacuum, but under Cruz’s own logic, would fly in the president hopeful’s version of the county. In the end of the segment, the comedian reports that, when asked if they’d pass an LGBT anti-discrimination bill when they stepped into office, only four presidential nominees even bothered to return his phone calls. One was Rand Paul, who responded to Oliver’s inquiry with “We’ll pass. Thanks.”

Watch the segment and remember: the fight ain’t over.