Houston passes law to protect gays

July 27, 2001
The City Council passed an anti-discrimination measure to protect gay city employees, 16 years after a similar law was overturned by voters.
      The law passed Wednesday protects employees from discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender, age and other factors.
      "It is something that is long overdue and years in the making," said Councilwoman Annise Parker, a lesbian who was instrumental in getting the law passed.