Faith leaders who support the ordinance spoke on the steps of City Hall ahead of the vote Thursday by the city council that could add protections for gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in San Antonio.
Credit DeAnne Cuellar / Community Alliance for a United San Antonio
San Antonio's non-discrimination ordinance is not only attracting supporters and opposition from secular communities, faith leaders are also weighing in on the issue that would add gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status to the list of protected classes in the city.
The proposal has been on the table for months, allowing ample time for dialogue and debate.
But the conversation will conclude on Thursday when the city council will finally vote on whether to add the three groups of people to the list of protections already in place.
James Stevens is responsible for releasing the recording that revealed District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan's view on homosexuality, but isn't sure what's next for him. And although Stevens hasn't got a lot sleep lately, he does still believe he did the right thing.
"I’m not seeking any notoriety. And in fact I think every interview I do is just hurting my chances at getting a job somewhere," he said. "But people do have questions and I’m happy to answer."
The San Antonio City Council dissected the city’s proposed non-discrimination ordinance during a marathon B session Wednesday before turning the microphone over to nearly 500 people who signed up to speak during the citizens to be heard portion of the meeting.
City Attorney Michael Bernard defined the ordinance for the council during a brief presentation. Mayor Julián Castro then went back over many of the definitions and used examples to spell out for the audience what the proposal would do if passed.
Groups on both sides of San Antonio's proposed non-discrimination ordinance have fought fiercely about the matter, which would add veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity to the language already in place.
But now, no one is in agreement over the ordinance.
That is because the city's latest draft spells out in detail what will be a part of the ordinance and what will not be. It's what will not be included that has many previous supporters up in arms.
The process for screening Texas science textbooks has been contentious to say the least. Whether kids should be taught the "other" theories of creation in science textbooks is at the heart of the controversy.
Cyber security specialist and former councilwoman Leticia Ozuna is in the business of secret-keeping. She knew it was only a matter of time before the remarks about her family that were made by Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her staff in a recording released by a former staffer became public.
Here's part of it, from the Express-News audio:
Jeff Bazan (former chief of policy to Chan): "That's why, for example, Councilwoman Ozuna is still married to that lady because that lady was born a man. So that marriage is still valid in the State of Texas."
San Antonio District 7 Councilman Cris Medina is the latest to throw his support behind the proposed non-discrimination ordinance, which would extend protections for veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation.
In a statement, Medina wrote:
"I am supporting the proposed ordinance because I oppose discrimination in all forms."