The fight to save HERO is still going strong in the face of intense opposition.
From Buzzfeed News:
“It’s a lie. It’s a lie. It’s a lie. It’s a lie.”
That was Sally Field on Thursday as she described an ad campaign currently running here in an attempt to repeal the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, known as HERO. Field stood abreast with a group of women political leaders in Texas who encouraged a “yes” vote on Nov. 3 to uphold the law and denounced the ad campaign as outright lies.
“Do you want to call it a lie, or shall I?” Texas state Sen. Sylvia Garcia said when BuzzFeed News asked the women to comment on an onslaught of recent commercials that claim HERO would allow male sex predators to prowl women’s restrooms in order to sexually assault young girls.
Field stepped in.
“When I read what HERO really is,” the Academy Award-winning actor told reporters, “I was so amazed there is disagreement.”
Titled as Proposition 1 on Tuesday’s ballot, HERO bans discrimination against 15 classes of people — including racial minorities, women, people of faith, and LGBT people — in places of housing, employment, and public accommodation. More than 200 jurisdictions in Texas already have LGBT nondiscrimination laws on the books, including many of states largest cities.