The Equal Rights Fight Over Houston’s Bathrooms (The New York Times)

By Mimi Swartz
HOUSTON likes to call itself the city of the future.

This is, after all, the nation’s fourth largest metropolis and one of its most diverse. We have a lesbian mayor, twice re-elected. Oil is in a temporary slump, yes, but skyscrapers and luxury condos are still rising all over town. World-class architects are gussying up our parks and museums.

But our super-sophisticated self-conception is now endangered, thanks to months of strife that have led to Proposition 1’s appearance on the Nov. 3 ballot, a measure also known as the “bathroom ordinance.”

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