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USA, Texas: Effort to Repeal San Antonio’s Nondiscrimination Ordinance Fails

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Texas mapAn effort to put San Antonio’s new LGBT nondiscrimination ordinance on the ballot for repeal has failed.

LGBTQ Nation reports:

An effort to repeal San Antonio’s LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination ordinance died Tuesday when opponents of the measure failed to gather the required signatures to put a referendum before voters. A few hours before Tuesday’s deadline, petition organizers informed city officials they did not gather the required 10 percent of eligible voters to put the measure on the citywide ballot, reported the San Antonio Express-News. Pastor Gerald Ripley of Abundant Life Church, leader of the petition drive, estimated the group collected about 20,000 signatures, well below the required 61,046.

It’s great to see these efforts to overturn LGBT rights laws becoming progressively harder for opponents.

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USA, Texas: Attorney General May Not Sue San Antonio Over LGBT Rights Ordinance

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Texas Attorney General Greg AbbottTexas Attorney General Greg Abbott may be backing off of a legal challenge against San Antonio’s new LGBT rights ordinance.

Equality On Trial reports:

Citing a late change in the nondiscrimination ordinance that San Antonio recently passed, a spokesman for the Texas attorney general’s office said the state is now unlikely to file suit. A clause that disallowed appointed city officials to “demonstrate a bias, by word or deed” was deleted from the ordinance before the San Antonio City Council passed it on Sept. 5 with an 8-3 vote. The ordinance is aimed at preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. “We are pleased the city council heeded our advice and deleted this provision, which surely would have been grounds for a constitutional challenge to the ordinance,” Jerry Strickland, a spokesman for the AG’s office, said in a statement. “We will continue to review the ordinance and monitor the situation.”

Sounds to me like Abbott got some bad publicity over the move, and went looking for something to cover his a**.

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USA, Texas: Attorney General to Sue San Antonio Over LGBT Rights Bill

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Texas mapTexas AG Greg Abbott is going after San Antonio’s new anti discrimination law.

Equality on Trial reports:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott yesterday told a San Antonio radio station that he plans to filing a federal court challenge to a non-discrimination measure that was recently passed by San Antonio officials. 1200 WOAI reports: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott tells 1200 WOAI news he’s serious about filing a federal lawsuit against San Antonio’s newly enacted Gay and Lesbian Non Discrimination Ordinance, and says litigation to block the new law may be filed as early as this week.

It’s not even ok to protect LGBT folks from discrimination now? Seriously?

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USA, Texas: San Antonio Passes Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Friday, 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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USA, Texas: San Antonio City Council Throws Transgender Citizens Under the Bus

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Texas mapIt looks like conservatives scored a win in the proposed nondiscrimination ordinance in San Antonio this week.

The Dallas Voice reports:

A new draft of San Antonio’s proposed nondiscrimination ordinance released Tuesday lists restroom use for transgender people under its exemptions. “Nothing herein 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,” the new draft states. Councilman Diego Bernal, the ordinance’s author, did not respond to requests for comment as to why the compromise was necessary. The ordinance had support from Mayor Julian Castro and six council members last week, which was enough to pass the ordinance. A vote is expected on Sept. 5.

I find myself more and more disgusted by the supposed fear that these people have of transgender folks. They have no understanding of the day-to-day realities the transgender people go through. Instead they present a distorted picture designed to instill fear of the other, of the child molester, of the abnormal. This country has a long ways to go to support our transgender brothers and sisters.

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