President Obama and Vice President Biden today offered veiled support for the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), to be considered by voters in that city this Tuesday. The measure would prohibit anti-LGBT discrimination in the nation’s fourth-largest city.
Said White House spokesman Jeff Tiller in a statement provided to Towleroad:
“While the administration generally does not take a formal position on specific proposals or initiatives, the president and vice president have been strong supporters of state and local efforts to protect Americans from being discriminated against based on who they are and who they love. We’re confident that the citizens of Houston will vote in favor of fairness and equality.”
The White House has held off on support for the Equality Act, proposed legislation which would expand non-discrimination protections for LGBT people nationwide.