Thursday, August 20, 2015

Texas Supreme Court Rules On Houston Equal Rights Referendum Ballot Language

In yet another ruling on the referendum calling for the repeal of Houston, Texas' controversial Equal Rights Ordinance, the Texas Supreme Court yesterday in In re Williams and Woodfill, (TX Sup. Ct., Aug. 19, 2015), ruled on proper ballot language. It held that the vote must be on whether or not to approve the Ordinance, not on whether or not to approve its repeal. The Court also held that the city did not abuse its discretion by referring in the ballot language to the "Houston Equal Rights Ordinance." Houston Chronicle reports on the decision. (See prior related posting.)