In re Williams (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
At issue in this mandamus proceeding was the City of Houston’s equal rights ordinance. Relators - two signers of a referendum petition calling for the repeal of the ordinance - contested the wording of the ballot language. Two days after the City Council adopted the current ballot language, Relators petitioned for emergency and mandamus relief, noting that the deadline for revising the ballot language had not yet passed. The Supreme Court conditionally granted mandamus relief, directing the City Council to word the proposition such that voters will vote directly for or against the ordinance.