Mayor Annise Parker did not back away from HERO during an online chat, defending the non-discrimination ordinance and arguing that what made her a successful mayor could help her in another elected office.
Longtime state lawmaker Sylvester Turner, an LGBT ally, finished first in the Houston mayor's race on Tuesday and made a clear pitch to convince LGBT voters disgruntled over HERO's defeat to pick him in the December runoff.
Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman opposes HERO, calling Houston's equal rights ordinance 'confusing and divisive' while lending his name to anti-LGBT opposition efforts that dub it the 'bathroom ordinance.'
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, never shy about his anti-gay beliefs, stepped into the debate over HERO by blasting Mayor Annise Parker and dropping $70,000 on a nasty ad against the non-discrimination ordinance.