The battle over Houston's non-discrimination law took a real ugly turn last week when opponents aired one of the most outrageous and disgustingly deceptive ads in their effort to repeal it at the ballot box in November.
Even though the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) protects 15 different characteristics from discrimination in Texas's largest city, those who want to kill the legislation are focused on only one of them: gender identity.
And they are ginning up support and misinformed hysteria by calling it "the bathroom ordinance."
Take a look at the ad from an outfit called the Campaign for Houston. The last frame is as terrifying as the entire ad is flat-out false.
The ad states:
"Any man at any time could enter a woman's bathroom at any time simply by claiming to be a woman that day. No one is exempt, even registered sex offenders could follow women or young girls into the bathroom and if a business tried to stop them they'd be fined. Protect women's privacy. Prevent danger. Vote "no" on the Proposition 1 "bathroom ordinance." It goes too far."