Texas News

News > Texas News > Houston puts equal-rights ordinance on hold

Houston puts equal-rights ordinance on hold

A conservative court challenge has prompted Houston officials to suspend new protections for gay and transgender residents until an Aug. 15 court hearing.

Conservative activists have sued the city after failing to collect enough votes for a repeal referendum. Mayor Annise Parker had already said she wouldn't enforce the ordinance until challenges were resolved. On Thursday, City Attorney David Feldman told the Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1nxFAqj) that the city has stipulated in court that it wouldn't enforce the ordinance until the court challenge is heard.

The conservative critics want to repeal the ordinance at the polls in November, but Feldman has said the ordinance foes lacked enough valid signatures on their petition to put the question on the ballot.

---

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

Texas News

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning to formally announce his response to a judge's ruling allowing a felony...
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry is planning to formally announce his response to a judge's ruling allowing a felony...
Here in Gustine, population 457, what happens at the schoolhouse affects nearly everyone. And something happened...
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today announced that three fugitives on the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex...
Houston State Representative Sylvester Turner says he's gotten reports of students washing their clothes and...