U.S. District Judge Kenneth Hoyt overturned Houston's attempt to defend the policy that give benefits to the city's LGBT workers' spouses in a federal court. But even though we lost a battle for LGBT workers, the war goes on.
In Texas a straight couple has challenged the city of Houston to prevent it from extending spouse benefits to same-sex partners.
While in April, we wondered if Houston would allow the protection of LGBT people, opponents of the equal benefits ordinance had submitted a petition to send the issue to a vote before it is subsequently rejected by a court for fraud. Then the Supreme Court of Texas, seized by the same opponents, asked the municipality of Houston to repeal the ordinance or to submit it to a vote. Well, finally the matter will be submitted to vote in November.
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance that will allow basic protections for LGBT workers in Houston, Texas, could finally go into effect.
Several things happened in Texas.
Since the beginning of the year, a battle about the transgenders rights to use public toilets for men and women as they please in the city of Houston oppose the mayor and a group of Christian pastors.
While the city of Houston allows partners of gay city employees to receive benefits, the District Judge Lisa Millard has ordered the city to immediately stop these services.
This discrimination makes no sense because the daughter of the mayor of Houston was initially unable to pass her driver license because she has two mothers.
The attempt by a religious group to get a vote on the equality law in Houston was dismissed after the discovery of signatures collected fraudulently.
In Houston, LGBT activists launch a petition to obtain a referendum in order to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation in employment, public accomodations and housing and that the city grants health insurance benefits to the unmarried partners of city employees.