Yesterday, voters in the City of Houston overwhelming rejected Proposition 1, also known as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).
As conservatives and values minded individuals organized to defeat the measure, liberal groups supporting HERO were bouyed by big business.
Utilizing 2nd Vote’s research, The Daily Signal’s Kelsey Harkness identified 7 major coporations supporting the ballot initiative:
4. Dow Co.
5. General Electric
6. Hewlett Packard
7. United Airlines
HERO had 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 Heritage Foundation’s Ryan T. Anderson took big business to task for its involvement:
“Once again big business wants its freedom to operate according to its values, but wants to deny that freedom to others. 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 Daily Signal’s 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.