In July 2014, the anti-LGBT activists had tried to oppose the order by submitting a petition which had collected enough signatures to be sent to a public vote, but in February, a court rejected their petition because many signatures seemed wrong.
State district Judge Robert Schaffer has just confirmed the decision of February and allows the ordinance to take effect.
Openly gay Houston mayor Annise Parker welcomed the decision.
«I would hope that the plaintiffs would not appeal, they lost during a jury trial and today they also lost with the judge’s ruling.
«Now all Houstonians have access to the same protections.»
Unfortunately, it seems that opponents to this ordinance appeal the decision.