Opponents of an Equal Rights ordinance in Houston managed to repeal the measure on Election Day by somehow making the issue all about “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms.” That’s pretty much like turning a minimum wage law into a referendum on broken glass in baby food. It’s completely insane, which in the world of conservative politics means that it’s breathtakingly effective.
Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) banned discrimination “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,” a phrase that naturally translates into conservative-speak as “Sexual predators will rape your daughter in the Applebee’s bathroom.”
The people trying to repeal the HERO ordinance literally adopted the slogan “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms” and even came up with this handy stick figure diagram that illustrated the sort of Blue Predators that would menace your Red Womenfolk in a nightmare world of equal rights.
Needless to say, it worked like a charm, and now Houston has lost it’s HERO. Gay people (and many others) are subject to discrimination, and red female stick figures are free to use public restrooms without being ogled by Blue Meanies.