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Houston Mayor Prohibits Gay Discrimination

Houston Mayor Lee Brown signed an executive order prohibiting city service and employment workers from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation. The order overturns a 1985 election decision that defeated an ordinance protecting gay and lesbian workers.

Previously, there was no protection from discrimination in local, state or federal law. Former Mayor Jim McConn had signed a similar law in 1979, but the law expired when he left office.

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PlanetOut - February 19, 1998

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