NFL won’t change plans for Houston Super Bowl after rejection of HERO

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In early 2014, the NFL considered alternatives to staging the 2015 Super Bowl in Arizona as Arizona considered passing a law that would have permitted discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.

With voters rejecting on Tuesday the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance on Tuesday by an overwhelming margin of 61 to 39 percent, city leaders are bracing for blowback in various forms. But it won’t include the removal of the Super Bowl.

“This will not affect our plans for Super Bowl LI in 2017,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told PFT. “We will work closely with the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee to make sure all fans feel welcomed at our events. Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard.”

In May 2015, Houston City Council passed a law banning discrimination on a wide variety of characteristics, including race, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The Texas Supreme Court later ordered that the measure must be repealed or placed on a public ballot.

Prior to the vote, Texans owner Bob McNair rescinded a $10,000 donation that he made to the Campaign for Houston, a group that framed the issue narrowly with this catch phrase: “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms.”

McNair claimed that the Campaign for Houston “made unauthorized statements” about his opposition to HERO, but his support for the Campaign for Houston said everything that needed to be said. Since the group specifically existed to oppose HERO because it viewed the measure as an effort to “make ‘sexual orientation’ and ‘gender identification’ two new protected classes,” any support of the Campaign for Houston necessarily became opposition to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

A petition at Change.org already has been launched to move the Super Bowl from Houston. It won’t be easy to get the NFL’s attention, because the NFL already intends to move forward with its plans, regardless of the outcome of the HERO vote.

104 responses to “NFL won’t change plans for Houston Super Bowl after rejection of HERO

  1. This is getting out of hand, really, and has no place in our sports. There is no reason a man should be allowed into a woman’s locker room/bath room based on his word that he feels like a woman (same goes for women who feel like they’re men.) I am all for equal rights of everyone but I refuse to risk that some pervert will take advantage of a well meaning law and expose my daughters to risk. Just not happening. It seems like the vocal minorities in this country just won’t take losses laying down.

  2. 61% of those citizens in that city and state feel men shouldn’t go into women’s bathrooms. Now we get to hear from the loud minority, most of whom are probably out of state, say how that is the wrong decision. Love American politics and media.

  3. That guy bought (or made) that shirt, put it on, and went into public with it. Along with that sign. That’s how much it means to him.

    God bless the USA.

  4. Did I see a sign that read “No Women in Men’s Locker Rooms”? Why are men not being treated equally?

  5. Somewhat unrelated, but I think we need to stop using Roman numerals for Super Bowls. It was a good run, but “LI” sounds like a car trim and seeing them together looks strange.

  6. “Nobody has a right to an opinion anymore, agree with the masses or burn!”

    I think you mean; Agree with the main stream media or burn!

  7. Re: Nobody has a right to an opinion anymore, agree with the masses or burn!

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    It’s always been that way. It just didn’t bother you until your bigotry fell out of favor with the masses.

  8. It was stupid to add in the bathroom part of the bill. Without it, HERO probably passes easily. Course Houston’s “leaders” probably already knew that since they tried to illegally pass it in the first place.

  9. The HERO Ordinance would have allowed mentally ill men who “identify as female” at that particular moment in time access to public facilities intended solely for BIOLOGICAL women! Its about time sanity won out!!

  10. But the NFL is totally okay w/ reporters (male or female) in locker rooms /sigh…

    I’ve always wondered: What question is so important that you need an answer before the guy finishes getting dressed?

  11. Unisex bathrooms are common in the rest of the world. Even high end establishments in Europe have them.

    This seems to be about more than bathrooms though.

  12. Looks like the silent majority has spoken. Now the losing side will go out and “protest”. More accurately yell and call anyone who doesn’t agree with them as bigots.

  13. This PC crap is seriously out of hand. Good for Houston. It is a sad day when “Caitlyn” Jenner is considered a hero. Up is down, black is white, and the small minority are a bunch of whiny cry babies.

  14. Re: Nobody has a right to an opinion anymore, agree with the masses or burn!

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    It’s always been that way. It just didn’t bother you until your bigotry fell out of favor with the masses.

  15. They took it to a vote, it failed, end of story.

    That’s the way the system works in this country.

    Keep politics and sports separate…

  16. When a person stands up for something, thats admirable…when a company/corporation stands up for something, thats suspect

  17. It wasn’t long ago that different races used different restrooms. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone looked the same, thought the same, worshipped the same. They do that in Iran, why can’t we?

  18. Why is the NFL some forefront for PC liberal issues these days?
    The Redskins debate.
    The possibility of moving Superbowls because states and their voters pass stupid laws?

    Ugh… Who cares? Don’t like the law? Vote no, or yes, or however you oppose it….
    Don’t like democracy? Where a 51% of the vote screws 49%? Join the club.

  19. Looks like it’s Time to move to Houston where where they won’t be bullied into agreeing with the masses for fear of redicule.

  20. This reaction to the HERO law is ridiculous! This nonsense about “men in ladies’ rooms” presumes that all transgender people are predisposed to being rapists (… don’t forget that there are women who identify as men, too…. i.e. women in men’s rooms!)

    There is no evidence to support that; in fact, you could make the argument that more straight, heterosexuals rape than any other group.

    The second completely ridiculous assumption being made is that the law somehow invites transgender men to enter women’s bathrooms! It’s not about bathrooms or straight or transgender people using them! It has no protections nor makes any commentary about whose using what bathroom!

    The third thing is that if a transgender man identifies and dresses as a woman, he can already go into the ladies’ room! Also, if he were truly predisposed to being a rapist, he’d already be a rapist!!!

    Lastly; the notion that the NFL had a dog in the fight was a scare tactic that had no basis in reality. This is the one time that the league should have made zero commentary other than “what the hell does any of this have to do with us”?!

    That someone came up with 2nd grade rhetoric to deny equal rights to transgender people speaks volumes to the lack of education and inclusiveness in that state.

  21. How would all you people that are saying this is discrimination feel if a grown man, trans or not, was sharing a restroom with your lil girl, sister or wife? Yeah, i promise you wouldnt care for that too much!

  22. This is a true story, I swear.

    I was at a hotel in Kansas City once and I saw a guy in a dress walk out of the women’s bathroom in the lobby. How did I know this person was a male you ask?

    Because he had a moustache, that’s how.

  23. Would be a slippery slope if the NFL changed locations because of this. Suddenly you would have politicians introducing legislation in every state where Super Bowls are planned, pressuring the NFL to endorse it, then asking voters to decide based on the threat of the Super Bowl changing locations rather than the contents of the actual legislation.

  24. What else is one to do but laugh at a society where such bizarre questions are even up for consideration?

  25. When and where does all this P.C. garbage stop?

    Pretty soon there will be laws requiring all public places to have 3 separate bathrooms: Men’s room, Ladies room, and “?”.

    Someone please explain how you can tell the difference between a guy that considers himself a transgender, and one who is your average pervert. Because they both exist, perverts probably in greater numbers. Or do you just ask the one with an erection to leave? Or would that be discrimination?

  26. scottjameswebdesign says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:40 AM

    Re: Nobody has a right to an opinion anymore, agree with the masses or burn!

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    It’s always been that way. It just didn’t bother you until your bigotry fell out of favor with the masses.

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    And here is the natural response of a poor debater on issues. He wouldn’t be able to articulate if you were face to face but he just “won the internet”.

  27. Just curious- Who wants men in women’s bathrooms? And, are there at least some women protesters? It seems pretty weird to me for men to be protesting about women’s bathrooms.

  28. A lot of you guys are commenting and have absolutely no idea what you’re talking about. This law went a step further than every other city in the US. It wasn’t only about govt facilities but it covered every single business in the city. And it gave ANYONE access to any restroom or locker room they chose. A guy dressed as the construction worker from the village people could go into a womens bathroom or locker room and all he had to do was claim to “identify” as a woman. This law was ripe for abuse. Further, the mayor of Houston, Annise Parker – look up her background as a LGBT activist – was dishonest, unethical in this entire process. She did everything possible to prevent voters from having a say and her actions as Mayor were reversed by the Tx Supreme Ct TWICE by unanimous decision. This ordinance failed more because people rejected the despicable and dishonest actions of Mayor Parker. The people of Houston did the right thing. And apparently so did the NFL.

  29. Decisions made based on an appeal to one’s compassion usually tend to be poor decisions in the end. There are too many outliers here that could lead to this being a problem. I love how people who are against this proposition are considered bigots and heartless when we just see the inherent problems a proposition like this can cause. When you look at this proposition as a whole and apply all kinds of different scenarios against it, you really see how poorly thought out this was.

    If your compassion for one group leads you to feel this was wrong to vote this down, apply that same compassion to the people who would potentially be harmed by something like this. Without getting into the specifics of what those potential scenarios are, you might come to the same conclusion that this was not a very well thought out idea.

  30. “a group that framed the issue narrowly with this catch phrase: “No Men in Women’s Bathrooms.”
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    I’m not from Houston and have no dog in this fight BUT…maybe you think this is a minor issue but it is an issue.

    Since when does the rights of a person that wants to pretend they are something other than they are trump the rights of the realist?

  31. Reading the comments illustrates the problem with the liberal view point. This isn’t to bash liberals, don’t get me wrong. But I will use this example, and the guns debate as the other example.

    Liberals do everything based on their heart. I actually appreciate that about them. But once in a while, lets use our heads here.

    With the gun debate, the liberals cant see the negative. They have a one track mind. Get rid of guns, and there will be no more gun deaths. Simple in theory. But reality is, just making people give up their legally owned guns, wont make the illegally owned ones disappear. If no one knows I have a gun, why the hell would I give it up???

    With this bathroom thing, the liberals are arguing (correctly) that the transgender community isn’t going to be raping people in the bathroom. I am ok with this idea. But let me be clear liberals, this isn’t conservatives trying to prevent transgenders from using the bathroom they feel they should use!!!! This is about predators, using this law as a cover. Would you want some creep, going into the ladies room, and doing disgusting things in there? He isn’t really transgendered. He doesn’t really identify as a woman. He simply likes to listen to women pee. Or he wants to make videos in there. And all he has to do is say, “I identify as a woman so I am going to use the ladies room”. What’s next, allowing pedophiles to open a daycare because “they identify as not being pedophiles” so its ok.

    Men that identify as women, dress as women, live as women, already use the women’s bathroom. And vice versa. So why the hell do we need a law opening the ladies rooms doors to all the creeps?

  32. There is no assumption that transgender or gay people are pedophiles and rapists! There IS A REAL fear that rapists and pedophiles would use an ordinance like this to gain access to victims. That is why it was (and should have been) voted down.

    Way to go Houston!

    Now, back to football…

  33. donl517 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:40 AM

    “Nobody has a right to an opinion anymore, agree with the masses or burn!”

    I think you mean; Agree with the main stream media or burn!
    ——————————————————
    I don’t come to PFT for political debate but lines are blurred all across this wonderful country so what the heck, I’m in. When I hear the term mainstream media I always wonder who or what the person using it means. Are they referring to the big guys like NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN, etc.? Maybe the big newspapers? I get the lack of trust, I really do but do these same people put their trust only in the outlets that lean to one’s particular point of view? That doesn’t seem to be what they want either. Speaking for myself all I know is where does one go these days to get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? I fear such a place doesn’t exist and that’s scary. I’d love to hear where some of our good people here on PFT look for the truth in reporting what’s really going on.

  34. Political correctness has made American into a sesspool. The same 20 people picketing the vote would be screaming if the Houston owner allowed a young women to be molested in a stadium rest room.

    Stop we have a choice, go in a stall in the men’s room where no one will see you squat or stay home.

    Enough is enough

  35. There is a lot of ignorance and fear about transgender people. The comments in this article are a good example of that. It is difficult, if not impossible, to have a rational conversation about what transgender people are and are not when those opposed to equal rights are blindly terrified about who makes pee pee in the same bathroom as they do. I am sure if you educated yourself on the topic you wouldn’t be so paralyzed by fear of transgender people.

  36. The use the acronym HERO is insulting to every person who has done something amazing for this country or another person

  37. liberals once again showing their version of tolerance, as in if you do not believe in what they do then there must be consequences. in this case they want the super bowl taken away from Houston because the citizens there exercised their right to vote and had their voices heard, you know the way things are supposed to work in a democracy! they did not vote for discrimination against anybody or anything only that they wanted to keep thinks the way they are supposed to be and that is normal! that means using the bathrooms you were intended to! men in one and women in another. sorry the freaks and their tree hugging friends are offended by it(not really) but that is the way nature intended it to be.

  38. donl517 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:40 AM

    “Nobody has a right to an opinion anymore, agree with the masses or burn!”

    I think you mean; Agree with the main stream media or burn!
    ——————————————————
    I don’t come to PFT for political debate but lines are blurred all across this wonderful country so what the heck, I’m in. When I hear the term mainstream media I always wonder who or what the person using it means. Are they referring to the big guys like NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN, etc.? Maybe the big newspapers? I get the lack of trust, I really do but do these same people put their trust only in the outlets that lean to one’s particular point of view? That doesn’t seem to be what they want either. Speaking for myself all I know is where does one go these days to get the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? I fear such a place doesn’t exist and that’s scary. I’d love to hear where some of our good people here on PFT look for the truth in reporting what’s really going on.
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    The mainstream media generally refer to liberally biased news networks: NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, CBS, ABC, Fox (yes, they even lean left at times, don’t believe me, watch it sometime) and major newspaper outlets: Washington Post, New York Times, etc. The result is smaller news outlets on the right that lean just as far to the right but think they’re in the middle. The problem is that both sides have become so polarized, reaching as far to each side as possible, that one must read a little of both and then use their brains to make their own conclusions. The problem with that is, people are lazy and the big guys are all liberally leaning so they watch one network and think they’re informed. I like to read a bit of everything for my news and then use my own intelligence to form an opinion that is so solidly backed by facts that I can’t possibly lose a debate.

  39. barneyfifeactionfigure says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:27 AM

    There is a lot of ignorance and fear about transgender people. The comments in this article are a good example of that. It is difficult, if not impossible, to have a rational conversation about what transgender people are and are not when those opposed to equal rights are blindly terrified about who makes pee pee in the same bathroom as they do. I am sure if you educated yourself on the topic you wouldn’t be so paralyzed by fear of transgender people.

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    Actually, if you took time to really read these comments, no one is afraid of the transgender people rather those that would take advantage of laws like this. It baffles my mind that one would claim one side of an argument is ignorant while admitting their own ignorance at the same time.

  40. More cowardice from the NFL. But let’s spend millions of dollars chasing non-deflated footballs.

    Dumb people won’t bat an eye at this, but forward-looking people lost a little more respect for, and interest in, the league and the game today.

  41. Again, most are not worried that the actual transgenders are the ones who will take advantage of the situation. It’s the creeps out there who just have to claim “they identify” female to gain access to women’s bathrooms and locker rooms. Those who don’t think those weirdos are out there, and they are out there in much larger numbers than the trans community, just one day go over to 4chan ~ just the tip of the weirdos who exist in places like the Darkweb. Giving them access would allow them to hide cameras or to use shoe cameras, bag cameras, etc to record your wife or your daughter using the facilities or locker rooms. If you want access to the women’s room, lop it off, do the surgery, so there’s no question. Otherwise, status quo.

  42. mack2x says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:34 AM

    Why is it, when lib/dems feel defeated, they always resort to name calling and telling everyone how smart they are?

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    You’ve got it wrong. “Lib/dems” aren’t defeated. Houston’s on the wrong side of history, and everyone else except those delusional fear-motivated voters knows it. Trust me, Houston looks ridiculous to the outside world today, no matter how great those folks may feel in their little bubble.

    This isn’t a defeat – we’re just impatient for people like those in Houston to get with the program. It’s going to happen. All they’re doing is delaying it and making people suffer due to lack of civil rights protection.

    And people call it “dumb” because they fell for laughably poor fear-mongering propaganda – “the bathrooms, our little girls!” – as a cover for simply denying people basic freedom from discrimination. Everything the fearful were so fearful about could have been easily handled with ordinances and other procedural measures. This was just a chance for bigots to remain bigots.

  43. Some of you are suggesting that this law will allow dudes to go into the restrooms and do bad things. As if these guys are just sitting around waiting for a law to be passed that will allow them to dress up like a girl and hang out in the ladies room. What is stopping them from doing that right now? They are obviously not law abiding citizens so the idea that this law will somehow give them access they couldn’t previously get is idiotic. There are no restroom police standing by the restrooms checking genitalia…anyone who wants to do shady crap in a public restroom is already doing it! This is all just political bs.

  44. I live in Houston, I voted NO!

    People take this ordinance for what they hear in the mainstream liberal media but there’s more to it than meets the eye. Our Mayor is an open lesbian and has been pushing her agenda down our throats for years. ALL of the “protections” in the HERO ordinance are already guaranteed by the federal government.

    The ONLY reason this law was ever created was because our Mayor is term-limited, on her way out the door, and trying to create a legacy for herself.

    Think about it, the Metropolitan Houston area leans conservative but the city itself is extremely liberal. The same voters that elected a lesbian Mayor through all possible terms are the same ones that defeated this law. There’s no bigotry we just don’t want perverted rapists and child molestors gaining access to a restroom that our mothers, sisters, wives, children, ect, ect, are using and it be legal because he claims he’s a woman today.

  45. The use the acronym HERO is insulting to every person who has done something amazing for this country or another person

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    You should have seen the shirts these people printed that were made to look like the Superman S-shield, but with “HERO” in the middle.

    These people really think they are special because of the opinions they have.

  46. HERO? Really? I wish this country would spend more time focusing on real problems rather than trying to figure out where little Johnifer needs to go to the bathroom. There’s a lot bigger problems in Houston then that I’m sure.

  47. I absolutely love how this article articulates that the goal of making gender identification and sexual orientation protected classes has be “narrowly framed” to be about men in women’s bathrooms.

    aaaaaaaaand the comments section is almost exclusively framing this issue to be about men in women’s bathrooms.

    Way to read the headline, look at the picture, then comment. (slow clap).

    That’s probably the same effort and thought 61% of the voters put into deciding their stance on this issue.

  48. Male/Female are defined by physical attributes not mental states.

    If you have male parts, go here. If you don’t, go there. IF its too hard to figure that out, then it should just be one bathroom/locker room.

    I feel that that is a bad thing for women, but I am not one. So I will wait to hear more opinion from women.

  49. romophobic says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:41 AM

    Actually, if you took time to really read these comments, no one is afraid of the transgender people rather those that would take advantage of laws like this. It baffles my mind that one would claim one side of an argument is ignorant while admitting their own ignorance at the same time.

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    I am not surprised you are baffled. Re-read the comments and count how many commenters said something along the lines of “Men don’t belong in women’s bathrooms.” Anyone who says something like that is clearly ignorant of what transgender people are. A comment like that also shows fear about what these “men” will do in a place they don’t belong. If you need me to dumb it down any further I would be more than happy to. Take care.

  50. The pea brains are out again. The people who have a problem with it are neanderthal men. Most women don’t care. The irony is that the men’s room has a shorter line or no line at all.

  51. romophobic says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:41 AM

    barneyfifeactionfigure says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:27 AM

    There is a lot of ignorance and fear about transgender people. The comments in this article are a good example of that. It is difficult, if not impossible, to have a rational conversation about what transgender people are and are not when those opposed to equal rights are blindly terrified about who makes pee pee in the same bathroom as they do. I am sure if you educated yourself on the topic you wouldn’t be so paralyzed by fear of transgender people.

    —-

    Actually, if you took time to really read these comments, no one is afraid of the transgender people rather those that would take advantage of laws like this. It baffles my mind that one would claim one side of an argument is ignorant while admitting their own ignorance at the same time.
    ——————————————————
    Thank you for your honest and sincere answer to my previous question regarding mainstream media. I too watch and read news outlets with opposing political values. I watch Fox and MSNBC a lot and it almost always amazes me how they can see the same topic from two completely different points of view and you are right, it’s up to the individual to parse the information and decide what to do with that.
    Now as far as this: “Actually, if you took time to really read these comments, no one is afraid of the transgender people rather those that would take advantage of laws like this. It baffles my mind that one would claim one side of an argument is ignorant while admitting their own ignorance at the same time.” I respectfully disagree with your take that after reading the comments, there is in your opinion “no one is afraid of the transgender people”. There clearly are a few here who seem to be very much afraid of them so as to go so far as to describe them as freaks. I am the uncle of a 16 year old girl who recently made the tremendously brave decision to tell the world she is transgendered. So now HE in the eyes of more than a few is a freak? Not how nature intended? I simply can’t accept that. Saying all that I still respect and defend the citizens of Houston’s right to vote their personal opinions on the matter.

  52. Do people really need another reason to not use a public bathroom? They’re often dirty and gross.

    Don’t use one period. Suck it up and wait until you get home or let it rip in your pants!

  53. The obvious solution to the entire thing is to label bath/dressing rooms….XX and XY. Define gender by genetic terms. You can identify however you want, but, genetic identity does not lie.

  54. The real reason the NFL should move the game is because it’s in HOUSTON! They must’ve had too many dry martinis when the took that vote.

  55. No wonder the rest of the world can’t stand America

    The rest of the world likes us well enough when we’re saving their freedom.

  56. This is a silly and should have no bearing on a SB coming to town. We must have it pretty good nowadays when things like this are considered major issues.

    I wonder how it would be perceived if a group of straight men got together and argued that transgendered beings should use the women’s bathroom because they are not really men.

  57. dontouchmyjunk says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:11 AM

    The pea brains are out again. The people who have a problem with it are neanderthal men. Most women don’t care. The irony is that the men’s room has a shorter line or no line at all.
    ………………………………………………………………………

    Ha! I guess it will depend on how bad they have to go. You get a line out the door for the women’s room and you can bet Caitlyn will have no issue standing at a urinal.

  58. This is why I just go to the bathroom in the woods now. Avoid all conflict.

    P.S.- Dividing humans by gender is silly, and is something society will evolve beyond in the future. But for now the rallying cry for most people on any issue is… “THE WORLD IS CHANGING AND IT FRIGHTENS ME!”

  59. “The rest of the world likes us well enough when we’re saving their freedom.”

    Right now the rest of the world is looking at the police state of the US, and at the lack of legitimate news sources in your country. We’re questioning if YOU have freedom.

    I wonder how citizens in the Ukraine feel about citizens in the US thinking they are responsible for everyone having freedom.

    @kingpel – Yes… of course we have it pretty good. Not good enough, but still really really good.

  60. Once again, there is a very small minority forcing their opinions on the majority. It’s about time that the majority start telling that minority to take their liberal views to Europe where they belong.

  61. joemontanafootball16 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 12:08 PM

    This is why I just go to the bathroom in the woods now. Avoid all conflict.

    P.S.- Dividing humans by gender is silly, and is something society will evolve beyond in the future. But for now the rallying cry for most people on any issue is… “THE WORLD IS CHANGING AND IT FRIGHTENS ME!”

    ====================

    Except the women who have issues with men coming into their bathrooms or locker rooms and seeing them naked….then they have an issue.

  62. Consider how much the NFL tries to cater to females, I’m not surprised they are not put off by a law stating that men can’t use the women’s bathrooms…..and in the alcohol factor and the lawsuits would be coming out in record breaking numbers.

  63. Interesting social debate, but as usual, it’s rarely all that it seems. Issue is actually all-gender access to restrooms, change rooms, locker rooms etc. It’s that way now in many Scandinavian countries and trending that way in many other parts of Europe. I don’t know what social issues needed to be bridged to get to that point and how long it took, but we are certainly heading that way here in the US as well.

    Don’t believe it? Google this title “U.S. says Illinois school must give locker room access to transgender student”. In fact, the title is a little misleading because the school already provides locker room access to the transgender student. It just asks that the student change behind a screen and shower in a private shower. However, that accommodation is insufficient. The ACLU sued on the students behalf and the school has 30 days to comply allowing the student unrestricted access to the girls locker room or risk losing federal funding.

    Of course, this is not just a transgender issue. It’s much more complex than that. And as usual, its probably important for each of us to study the entire issue before just clicking a yes or no to a simply worded sound bite question. As posted by others, there are many people at work behind the scenes enacting legislation without full disclosure. This is one of the issues that probably warrants more than a cursory view.

  64. I’m sorry, but even the possibility of Houston legalizing that type of behavior, and opening the door for perverts to be able to stalk women like that, is reason enough for the NFL to not consider Houston, unless they elect a new mayor.

    It’s nice to see the voters injecting some much needed common sense into this realm, and it’s also nice to see the NFL stay out it.

  65. I live in Houston. This is my home. I don’t care if you want to be a woman or dress up in women’s clothes. Does not bother me 1 iota. Good for you! But, I don’t want you doing your business in the same bathroom as my child. You are a man. Suck it up and just use the bathroom that is best tool for the job.

  66. I was a lifelong Dem. No longer. I will never feel as though I left the Democratic party. They left me.

  67. I doubt they could change it even if they had wanted to. There’s about a 2 year lead time for logistics i.e. ticket printings etc. I may not like the Houston vote, but they did vote. That’s what we do in America!!

  68. Got to love todays society. You are free to have your own opinion, as long as these big wigs agree with you. And if you are a public figure head like a pro football player, or a business owner, never go against the gay community. If they dont agree with your opinion they will punish you into submission.

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