Houston Voters Reject Broad Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Mayor Annise D. Parker, who backs the ordinance, on Tuesday. A lesbian, she has accused opponents of using fear mongering to generate support for a repeal.

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HOUSTON — A yearlong battle over gay and transgender rights that turned into a costly, ugly war of words between this city’s lesbian mayor and social conservatives ended Tuesday in a defeat for supporters of gay rights as voters repealed an anti-discrimination ordinance that had attracted attention from the White House, sports figures and Hollywood celebrities.

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