Saturday, February 14, 2015

Uncertain Future for the City of Plano's Sexual Orientation and Sexual Identity Ordinance

On December 8, 2014, the Plano, Texas City Council voted to expand an existing equal rights ordinance to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation and sexual identity in housing, public accommodations, employment, and city contracting.

On January 20, 2015, opposition groups and citizens filed enough petitions to send the ordinance back to the Council to either repeal it or send it to a public vote.  At this time, the City Secretary's office is verifying the signatures.  If and when the signatures are verified, the Council will be required to take action.

Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, El Paso and Houston have already adopted similar ordinances.