Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Today, faith leaders across denominations gathered outside of Grace Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas, in demonstration of the broad religious support for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).

Tomorrow, Houstonians head to the ballot box to vote “yes” on Proposition 1 to defend HERO, which 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.

Attendees included Rev Jenni Martin Fairbanks, Rev Vicky Gibbs, Rabbi Joshua Herman of Congregation Beth Israel, Rev. Ron Lister of The International Center for Spiritual and Social Activism and Rabbi Joshua Herman.

“We are all God’s children, and as people of faith, we are called to treat everyone with love and respect,” said Rev. Jenni Martin Fairbank. “That’s why we are encouraging every Houstonian to vote ‘Yes’ on Proposition 1 tomorrow.”

Faith leaders have helped to lead to charge for HERO. Last week, 16 congregations participated in Souls to the Polls, a day of action to raise the voices of people of faith in Houston.

In an editorial endorsing Proposition 1, world-renowned pastor and author Rudy Rasmus, wrote, “As a Christian, I am taught to love my neighbor as myself. When I search my heart, I believe we are all called to treat others with dignity and respect. Protecting others from discrimination is a way for me to live my faith and lead my congregation to be open and welcoming to all.”

Rasmus recorded a television ad with his wife, Pastor Juanita Rasmus and Rev. Brandon and Hillary Pete in support of Proposition 1.  

HRC is committed to protecting HERO by investing resources, staff and volunteers in the Houston Unites campaign.  Tomorrow’s vote will be close, so it’s critical that Houstonians vote “yes” on Proposition 1.

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, you’ll need to take an unexpired government-issued photo identification.

Reverend Vicky Gibbs

Rabbi Joshua Herman

Reverend Jenni Martin Fairbanks


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