HOUSTON -- Houston voters convincingly defeated a controversial equal rights ordinance that critics said threatened religious liberties and put into jeopardy the safety and dignity of men and women in private places like bathrooms. Proposition 1, also referred to as the "bathroom ordinance," failed by a margin of 61 percent to 39 percent.
"I think it's significant," Ed Young, pastor of Houston's Second Baptist Church, told the TEXAN when asked about the margin of victory. "I think there are enough people in the city who still have and will vote godly principles. A lot of people did some soul searching and said this is enough."
Young joined others at the Houston Area Pastors Council "watch party," where everyone seemed cautiously optimistic the organization's work would pay off.
After 18 months of legal battles including a court trial, two Texas Supreme Court decisions, appeals and a move by the mayor's office to subpoena pastors' sermons, council members felt they had done what they could do. The rest was in God's hands.