“This is a great victory in the courts, and a great day for civil rights in Houston, Texas. The jury found for the City, and now the judge has found in favor of the City too. I am gratified that the judge signed a final judgment rejecting the plaintiffs’ claims and confirming that their pro-discrimination referendum petition failed. We will be prepared if the plaintiffs decide to appeal.”
“I would hope that the plaintiffs would not appeal, they lost during a jury trial and today they also lost with the judge’s ruling. Now all Houstonians have access to the same protections.”
Mayor Annise Parker
Judge Shaffer entered Final Judgment in favor of the Defendants, finding there were only 16,684 valid signatures. He states, “[a]s a matter of fact and as a matter of law the Referendum Petition is not valid or enforceable in all respects.” Plaintiffs take nothing on their claims against Defendants. Additionally, Defendants are awarded all costs of court.