USA, Texas: San Antonio Passes Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Written by scott on September 6th, 2013

Texas mapGood news out of San Antonio – an LGBT anti discrimination ordinance just passed there in the heart of the red state.

The Dallas Voice reports:

Despite loud and vocal opposition from Christian extremists, the San Antonio City Council on Sept. 5 passed a nondiscrimination ordinance that includes protections for LGBT citizens and veterans. The vote was eight in favor and three against. The newly passed ordinance amends sections of the city code that cover public accommodations, fair housing, city employment, city contracts and appointments to city boards and commissions. The language in the code now includes sexual orientation and gender identity, and veteran status as protected classes. The changes will take effect immediately.

The language that had been added previously to allow businesses to deny access to bathrooms for transgender citizens:

“Nothing heron shall be construed as directing any policy or practice regarding the use of restrooms, shower rooms, or similar facilities which have been designated for use by persons of the opposite sex.”

Was ultimately softened:

“Nothing in Division 5 shall be construed as allowing any person to access to any sex-segregated place for any unlawful purpose.”

A small step forward.

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