Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Houston Mayor’s Deceptive Ballot Language on LGBT Ordinance
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With a vote by the people on Houston’s LGBT ordinance scheduled for November 2015, the Texas Supreme Court again has ruled against Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s administration related to Houston’s so-called “equal rights” ordinance. The state’s high court ruled that the “The City Council must comply with its own laws regarding the handling of a referendum petition and any resulting election,” and must “word the proposition such that voters will vote directly for or against the ordinance.” The Council, under Mayor Parker’s guidance, had initially approved confusing ballot language that would have forced opponents of the controversial ordinance to vote “yes” to repeal the ordinance, which was in violation of the Houston City Charter.
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