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Hillary: Fear Tactics To Blame For Failure Of Houston LGBT Measure

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 7/11/2015 Ryan Grenoble

How does one explain the lopsided vote against Houston's Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO)?

If you ask Hillary Clinton, it all comes down to voters' emotions. The U.S. presidential candidate told the crowd at MSNBC's Democratic candidates forum on Friday night that the nondiscrimination measure's failure defied common sense.

The "far right successfully engendered a lot of fear and anxiety against the ordinance," Clinton told moderator Rachel Maddow, who noted that Houston -- compared to the rest of Texas -- is a relatively liberal "blue dot" with an outspoken lesbian mayor.

Clinton added later, "If you stand for equal rights, if you stand against discrimination, you don't just do it once -- you've got to keep fighting."

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