"Let's let it pass already," Sally Field said of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance

By Tierney McAfee
Updated October 30, 2015 02:20 PM
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Matt Bomer, Hillary Clinton, Sally Field and more big names are speaking out to fight for LGBT rights on the eve of a big decision: On Tuesday, Houston, Texas, decides whether to pass an ordinance offering protections in employment, housing and public accommodations to its minority citizens.

These stars and many more are urging residents of the nation’s fourth-largest city to vote “yes” on Prop 1, or the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which – among other provisions protecting the rights of women, minorities, LGBT people, veterans, and the disabled – would grant transgender people access to restrooms that correspond to their gender identities.

Opponents of HERO in recent weeks launched an ad campaign claiming the nondiscrimination ordinance could open the door for sexual predators to legally enter women’s bathrooms.

“It’s a lie,” Field said of the ad’s message at a fundraiser for a group supporting the ordinance, according to KHOU.com. “It’s a lie, it’s a lie, it’s a lie.”

The Oscar winner, who has an openly gay son, added, “I think it will wake up a lot of people if it doesn’t pass, but please God let’s not wake them up – let’s let it pass already.”

Bomer, who grew up outside Houston, released a video calling on his fellow Houstonians to vote “yes” on Prop 1, saying, “I was raised with the belief that everyone deserves to be treated equally. These are the same values I grew up with in Houston and they’re the same values that I try to teach my kids.”

The White House, Eva Longoria, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Matthew Morrison and Michael Sam have also shown their support for the ordinance on social media.

And White House spokesman Jeff Tiller released a statement saying, “While the Administration generally does not take a formal position on specific proposals or initiatives, the President and Vice President have been strong supporters of state and local efforts to protect Americans from being discriminated against based on who they are and who they love. We’re confident that the citizens of Houston will vote in favor of fairness and equality.”