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New ordinance to stop discrimination in Houston

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

A powerful ordinance with subpoena power and hefty fines could soon be a tool to stop discrimination in Houston.

Monday Mayor Annise Parker announced the details of her Equal Rights ordinance.

It would level fines of $500 a day up to $5,000 on a public business ed that discriminates against someone based on race, religion or sexual orientation.

However, there are some who say this is all about the Mayor's own personal agenda.

Fox 26 news spoke with Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh who says the Mayor told him this: "It's really about the gay community and I said I'm not gonna let you get by with that. You're gonna have to come out and tell the people what this is really about."

Mayor Parker responded to the allegations saying, "I've already heard it said this is an ordinance specifically for the gay community that is in fact not the case. "

The ordinance would also provide the city inspector with the power to force a business suspected of discrimination to comply with an investigation.

That's where the city would use the ordinance's subpoena power.

The City Council is expected to vote on the measure the first week of May.

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