Voters reject Houston Equal Rights Ordinance staff

HOUSTON – Voters have said a resounding no to Houston’s controversial equal rights ordinance.

Prop 1, nicknamed HERO, failed by a margin of 62-percent to 38-percent.

Opponents of the issue branded it “the bathroom ordinance,” playing up the argument that it would allow sexual predators dressed as women to use women’s restrooms. A television ad featured a little girl being cornered by a man in a restroom.

“This was a campaign of fear-mongering and deliberate lies,” Houston Mayor Annise Parker said. “No one’s rights should be subject to a popular vote.”