The residents of the City of Houston deserve the right to be free from discrimination based on an individual’s age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, gender identity, gender expression, disability, military status, genetic information, marital status, familial status, race or color. This right should include, but not be limited to any of the following:
- The right to pursue and hold employment and the benefits associated therewith without wrongful discrimination as recently reinforced by the United States Supreme Court;
- The right to the full enjoyment of any of the services, advantages, or privileges of any place of public accommodation without wrongful discrimination;
- The right to engage in property transactions, including obtaining housing for rent or sale and credit therefore, without wrongful discrimination;
- The right to live freely from racial profiling, discrimination and violence by law enforcement officials;
- The right to exercise any right granted under this ordinance without retaliation.
The proposed ordinance would provide uniform legal protection to individuals in all of the classes listed above, making it unlawful to discriminate in employment, housing, and public accommodations.