False Anti-HERO Ad Drags Local ABC Affiliate KTRK Into Fight!
The Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick in the 30-second paid spot tells viewers that the City of Houston Prop One is not about equality. “That is already the law of the land. It’s about allowing men in women’s locker rooms and bathrooms.”-
The second ad uses, without permission; video footage of a ABC 13 news cast. The video which shows Mayor Annise Parker saying “This just doesn’t happen!” Relating to transgender women following woman into the rest room to do them harm. No word yet if ABC 13 plans to seek legal action.
The video shows a 2012 incident out of Dallas, Texas where a transgender woman was ticketed for using a restroom at a hospital. The transgender woman, who is a registered sex offender, a crime dating back to 1990.
The ad attacks the transgender woman, but makes no mentions the case was dismissed and the woman did nothing except use the restroom.
Houston Unites, the group supporting the HERO ordinance, according to ABC 13 says in that case Witherspoon was a victim of discrimination. Fran Watson, a spokesperson for the group, stated that voters ought not be making a choice about restrooms at all.
“Proposition 1 is for all Houstonians. We have 15 groups that is protected: race, sex, color, national origin, veteran’s status, pregnancy. We’re saying that real Houstonians are facing discrimination. We want to make sure we have this ordinance out there for those Houstonians.”
HERO stands for Houston Equal Rights Ordinance. It is on the current ballot for voters in the City of Houston as City of Houston Proposition 1. It would allow 15 different groups of Houstonians to complain about discrimination at City Hall as opposed to filing a federal lawsuit, which is currently the only option available.