Houston's out mayor, Annise Parker, last week said she would continue to work on passage of an LGBT-inclusive anti-bias law repealed by voters.

While HERO prohibits discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations based on more than a dozen characteristics including race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, opponents who forced it onto this month's ballot kept to a misleading message: The law would give sexual predators pretending to be women access to women's restrooms.

Roughly 60 percent of Houston voters voted against HERO. Its defeat makes Houston the largest city in the United States without LGBT protections.

“I'm going to sit down with the council members and see how they want to proceed,” Parker is quoted as saying by the Houston Chronicle. “We will also, of course, evaluate what the national and international response from the business community is, because that certainly will make a difference.”

Parker, who is barred from seeking a fourth term, said that she does not want “to leave a lot of contentious items for the next administration, and I'm going to try not to leave this one as well. … I think we have a responsibility to try to be thoughtful and figure out a way to bring those protections back.”

(Related: Annise Parker blames “fear mongering” for defeat of LGBT Protections.)