Faith leaders speak in support of Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

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HOUSTON - In five weeks, Houstonians will go to the polls to vote on the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

A group of faith leaders Thursday morning voiced their support for the controversial measure during a news conference at Grace Lutheran Church.

"Our sacred texts, our traditions teach us to love our neighbors and nowhere does it say to discriminate against our neighbor and that's why we came here this morning. We may come from many different backgrounds, we may have many different beliefs, but still what's most important is what we have in common," said one leader.

The group said it will also release a set of commercials in support of the measure.

The Houston City Council last year adopted the nondiscrimination ordinance, which aims to protect gay and transgender people against discrimination in employment and public places.

Last month, council approved final language for the ordinance on the November ballot Wednesday.

The final language reads:

"Proposition 1: [Relating to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.] Are you in favor of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, Ord. No. 2014-530, which prohibits discrimination in city employment and city services, city contracts, public accommodations, private employment, and housing based on an individual's sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, familial status, marital status, military status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or pregnancy?"

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