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2nd Vote’s Research Uncovers “Big Businesses Behind the Houston Ballot Measure”

Again, the City of Houston is at the center of the liberal assault on religious liberty and traditional values.

Today, Houstonians will head to the ballot box to vote on Proposition 1, also known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).

The latest article from The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness highlighted the high stakes of today’s decision using 2nd Vote’s research:

[R]esidents aren’t the only ones having a say in the debate. According to groups supporting the measure, a number of big businesses have gotten behind the ballot initiative, urging voters to say “yes.” Seven of the biggest include:

1. Apple
2. BASF
3. Dell
4. Dow Co.
5. General Electric
6. Hewlett Packard
7. United Airlines
 
HERO has been controversial since it was first implemented in 2014 and Houston area pastors leading the effort to recall the measure had their sermons subpoenaed by city attorneys. 2nd Vote stood with the Family Research Council and the Houston pastors just one year ago this week in support of religious liberty.

The Daily Signal’s article explains why corporations have inserted themselves into the matter:

“Once again big business wants its freedom to operate according to its values, but wants to deny that freedom to others,” said Ryan T. Anderson, a senior research fellow at The Heritage Foundation and author of the new book “Truth Overruled.” Anderson adds:

“In Houston they are advocating for the kind of policy that has elsewhere penalized family businesses of bakers, florists and photographers, as well as faith-based adoption agencies. This is cultural cronyism at its worst.”

They say this measure goes even farther than other sexual orientation and gender identity laws that have been implemented throughout the country, and they fear that the inclusion of sexual identity could allow men who identify as women to use women’s bathrooms, locker rooms, and other sex-specific facilities, without having legally changed their name or undergone surgery or hormone treatment.

You can read the rest of the article here to learn more about a newspaper ad signed by executives from JPMorgan Chase, UnitedHealthCare, Citi, HSBC Bank, and others in support of the HERO measure. 2nd Vote’s research found that United Airlines helped pay for this newspaper ad with a direct $10,000 contribution.

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