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Houston may revisit LGBT equal rights measure that failed at polls

Houston may revisit LGBT equal rights measure that failed at polls

A controversial citywide nondiscrimination measure overwhelmingly rejected by voters here this week may not be dead.

Voters rejected the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance 61% to 39% after a protracted 18-month legal and political battle, but it could be revived by the City Council, experts said, particularly if one of the contenders in an ongoing mayoral runoff champions the measure that would provide nondiscrimination protections for gay and transgender people.

The Democratic mayoral contender, state lawmaker Sylvester Turner, supported the ordinance and garnered 31% of the vote. His Republican opponent, Bill King, opposed the ordinance, pledging not to reintroduce it if it...

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