The City of Houston, encouraged by the approval of the Gay and Lesbian Non Discrimination Ordinance in San Antonio, will push an ordinance of its own later this month, 1200 WOAI news reprots.
Now that San Antonio has approved a measure preventing discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, Houston Mayor Annise Parker tells 1200 WOAI news it is time to approve a similar measure in her community.
"It is absolutely something that we should do," Parker, who is a lesbian who has openly lived with her domestic partner since 1990 and has raised two children with her, told 1200 WOAI's Michael Board. "The majority of council members have publically stated that they are in support of a non discrimination ordinance."
Houston is currently the only major city in the state which does not have a comprehensive gay, lesbian, and sexual identity non discrimination law. Houston has a law which prevents the city itself from discriminating on the bases of sexual orientation, but it does not extend to so called 'public accommodations,' private businesses which are open to the public. It also does not extend to city contractors.
"We watched what happened in San Antonio, we plan to talk with them about the process, and then we well make our own decision," Parker said.
There is one major hurdle facing Houston officials that may slow the process. Unlike San Antonio, where the city laws can be updated by a council vote, Houston will have to put its non discrimination ordinance up to a vote of the people.