Mayor Annise Parker’s equal rights ordinance has hit a roadblock and is now tabled for at least two weeks after extended debate during yesterday’s city council meeting. Although language in the ordinance was removed on Tuesday regarding transgender bathrooms in Houston, Mayor Parker made her personal feelings known about the measure.
“Some council members are going to have to make a hard vote in two weeks. But it is personal. It’s not academic. It is my life that is being discussed.”
At this point, the ordinance will be put on hold but that doesn’t stop the controversy surrounding the measure, which the mayor claims will offer protections to city businesses and individuals that currently have none with regards to discrimination.
Mayor Parker first unveiled plans for the proposal back during the State of the City Address. It remains to be seen how the vote will play out or if there will be more compromises made to the wording of the ordinance to get the votes required.