Months After HERO Defeat, Poll Shows Houstonians Overwhelmingly Back Equal Rights
Just five months after voters repealed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) by a margin of 61-39 percent, a new poll shows that 73 percent of the city's residents say it's "very important" to pass such a law, while another 16 percent say it's "somewhat important."
The 35th annual Houston Area Survey, from Rice University's Kinder Institute, also found that 74 percent of Black residents, who voted overwhelmingly against the ordinance Nov. 4, believe it is "very important" for the city to pass a nondiscrimination law.
The poll results seem to underscore the impact of the transgender bathroom myth on the outcome of the vote. Opponents of HERO built their entire campaign around the false, fear-mongering assertion that the ordinance would allow sexual predators to enter women's restrooms and prey on victims. But the pro-HERO campaign failed to effectively counter this lie, which was punctuated by a disgusting TV ad featuring a cisgender man following a little girl into a bathroom stall.
“The vote itself was about a bathroom ordinance,” said Kinder Institute Founding Director Stephen Klineberg, “not an equal rights or anti-discrimination ordinance, and it’s a reminder of how much it matters how these propositions get framed in the political process.”
Dammit, if we overwhelmingly support it, then how the hell did we lose? Yes, I know the other side stroked people's fears, but something had to happen to all of those supporters to the law. Where were they on voting day???
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