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Posted: May 13, 2014 11:02 PM

Updated: May 13, 2014 11:04 PM

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston City Council is to vote on a proposed ordinance to extend a city ban on discrimination to gay, lesbian and transgender citizens.

The ordinance to be voted on Wednesday is similar to one approved last year in San Antonio. That ordinance prompted a dispute between city officials and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. The Republican, who is seeking the governor's office, predicted a lawsuit over religious freedoms but hasn't the state will challenge that ordinance.

Opponents to the proposed ordinance say it would infringe on their religious liberties to speak out against what they called the gay, lesbian and transgender lifestyle. However, Mayor Annise Parker, who is openly gay, and other supporters say the measure would offer protections at the local level against all forms of discrimination.

Topics: Equal Rights Ordinance-Houston

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