Court Battle Over Houston's LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance Pushed Back to January
The court battle over Houston's LGBT non-discrimination ordinance has been pushed back to January 2015, meaning that voters will not be able to vote on the measure this November.
Earlier this month we reported that anti-gay activists had failed in efforts to collect enough signatures for a ballot measure that would place the city's recently-passed Equal Rights Ordinance up for a public referendum.
Petition backers then proceeded to sue the city.
Houston's News 92 FM reports:
[Judge Robert] Schaffer also moved the ordinance should not be enforced until after that trial, with supporters and opponents in unanimous agreement.
Opponents of the ordinance gathered signatures believing they had enough to get the issue on the ballot.
They came up almost 2,000 names short, according to Houston Mayor Annise Parker and city’s attorney.
On Friday, opponents of the ordinance dropped their request for a temporary injuction that could have triggered a repeal referendum in November.