Sally Field in town to support Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

Sally Field says she is compelled to stand up to what she calls evil lies surrounding Houston Equal Right's Ordinance.

HOUSTON – Sally Field says she is compelled to stand up to what she calls evil lies surrounding Houston Equal Right's Ordinance.

The two-time Oscar winning actress says this is very personal to her because her mother and grandmother were both born here in Houston, and she's the mother of a gay son.

However, the actress says this goes much deeper than that.       

"Why here, why Houston, why me? Because everyone in this country is watching this. This is incredibly important. Eyes are on Houston. This is Texas," Field said.

She's a name big enough to grab plenty of attention. Field is hoping Houston voters will listen to her message and vote "Yes" on Proposition 1.

"There are 15 different categories of people it protects. I fit into many of those categories," she said. "This is my country, this our fight to bring about equality as a right for everyone."

Raw: Sally Field speaks on HERO at Alley Theatre

Field joined other female leaders in the Houston community in slamming opposition to the HERO ordinance and concerns that it could give sexual predators legal permission to enter women's restrooms.

"It's a lie," Field said. "It's a lie, it's a lie, it's a lie. That's all you can say."

Which is why Field says she didn't think twice about coming here to Houston to clear what she believes is confusion amongst voters.

Her feelings were echoed by everyone who spoke out including Houston city council member Ellen Cohen, who spent 18 years as CEO of the Houston area Women's Center.

Cohen says the biggest opponents of HERO are using scare tactics that are not accurate.

"Sexual assault happens to someone who knows the perpetrator, sexual assault doesn't happen by men putting on an outfit and walking into a women's restroom," Cohen said. "It's bogus it's incorrect."

"I think it will wake up a lot of people if it doesn't pass but please god let's not wake them up let's let it pass already," Field added.

Speakers who took the podium at the Alley Theatre point out that similar anti-discrimination ordinances exist in 200 cities in 17 different states.

They say there hasn't been a single case reported of an equal rights ordinance resulting in an assault in a bathroom.

HERO has started to attract attention on a national level as well. Hillary Clinton tweeted her support and the White House issued the following statement:

While the Administration generally does not take a formal position on specific proposals or initiatives, the President and Vice President have been strong supporters of state and local efforts to protect Americans from being discriminated against based on who they are and who they love. We're confident that the citizens of Houston will vote in the favor of fairness and equality.

 


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