With just one week until Election Day, actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family) and husband Justin Mikita have announced their support for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).
“As a happily — and legally — married couple, we couldn’t imagine being fired from our jobs for exercising our right to marry,” Mikita explained in an email for HRC. “But that is what the people of Houston could be up against if HERO is repealed.”
With their foundation Tie The Knot, the couple is stepping up as heroes for Houston. They are matching every donation up to $20,000 to help protect HERO.
“While Jesse plays a lawyer on TV, I'm an attorney in real life. I think we can both agree that Houston — the fourth largest city in America — can't undo these critical legal protections,” Mikita continued. “This has real-life consequences not just for Houston, but for all of us.”
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 a leading partner in the Houston Unites coalition that includes HRC, ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas and Texas Freedom Network.
Early voting began on October 19 and ends on Friday, October 30. 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 on Election Day or voting early in person, you’ll need to take an unexpired government-issued photo identification.
|Pol. Adv. Human Rights Campaign|