Houston Equal Rights Ordinance
The Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, euphemistically called "HERO" by its supporters, establishes vast new privileges for homosexuals and transgender individuals in the workplace in Houston, in furtherance of the homosexual agenda. The ordinance was enacted by a divided vote of the Houston City Council in late May 2014, and was then immediately challenged by local pastors in a petition drive to put it on the ballot for a public vote. For more than a year, however, the public vote was delayed based on technicalities and legal maneuvering.
This ordinance allows anyone to enter a restroom of the opposite gender if he self-identifies as female rather than male. The ordinance imposes civil and criminal penalties. This ordinance applies "to include protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity at businesses that serve the public. The protections also apply to city contractors and municipal workers."
Opponents of this ordinance dubbed it the "Sexual Predator Protection Act" based on how it allows men to use women's restrooms.
On July 24, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court ordered the Houston City Council either to repeal the ordinance within a month, or place it on the November ballot for a vote. The Court was sharply critical of the deprivation of the legislative power of the people that had occurred.