Today, Think Progress reported that the owner of Houston’s NFL team, the Houston Texans, requested his $10,000 donation back after Campaign for Houston used his money to fund their anti-equality campaign.

Billionaire Bob McNair denounced Campaign for Houston, a group working to defeat the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).

He told Think Progress:

“I recently made a personal contribution to Campaign for Houston because my thorough review of the HERO ordinance led me to believe that a thoughtful rewrite would provide a better ordinance that would provide strong non-discrimination protections for all Houstonians, which I would support, and would be less divisive of our city.

It was on these principles that I made my personal contribution to Campaign for Houston. To my great dismay, Campaign for Houston made numerous unauthorized statements about my opposition to HERO in print, broadcast and social media – including attributing certain statements of belief to me. Their actions and statements were never discussed with nor approved by me. Therefore I instructed the Campaign to return my contribution.

I do not believe in or tolerate personal or professional discrimination of any kind. I also believe that we Houstonians should have an ordinance that unites our community and provides a bold statement of non-discrimination. I encourage all Houstonians to vote on November 3.”

HERO protects Houston residents and visitors from discrimination in housing, employment and business services on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, race, religion and 11 other characteristics.

HRC is proud to join the ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas and Texas Freedom Network as founding partners of the Houston Unites coalition and to work with leaders in the community to protect HERO with a “YES” vote on Houston Proposition 1 on November 3. 

To find a polling location near you or to learn how to vote by mail, check out the Houston Unites' Election Center. If you are voting in Texas, whether you’re voting on Election Day or voting early in person, you’ll need to take an unexpired government-issued photo identification.

To learn more and to join the fight, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)sign up to volunteer in Houston and other select Texas cities, or make a contribution to help ensure we have the resources to win.  

Pol. Adv. Human Rights Campaign

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