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8:26 am
Thu September 5, 2013

San Antonio City Council Hears From Public On Eve Of Historic Non-Discrimination Revision Vote

Councilman Ray Lopez, along with Ron Nirenberg, listens to people speak in favor and against the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

It was one of the last chances residents had to speak directly to each council member about a proposed revision to San Antonio’s non-discrimination ordinance.

More than 700 people – more than last week – signed up. After midnight, Mayor Julián Castro had those who had yet to speak line up so they could approach the podium quickly because the council will be back in the morning to hear from more citizens ahead of its expected vote on the matter.

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Community
7:19 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Competing Noon Time Rallies On Non-Discrimination Ordinance Proposal Conflict

Supporters and opponents have held rallies on the steps of City Hall almost daily ahead of the city council's upcoming vote on the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the days leading up to the San Antonio City Council vote on the proposed revisions to the non-discrimination ordinance, the steps in front of City Hall have transformed into a stage for supporters and opponents.

On Wednesday, two groups that disagree with each other had an event planned for the same time.

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City Government
6:16 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Councilman Carlton Soules Records B Session Because City Did Not Broadcast Meeting

District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules, along with colleague, District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, to residents on the non-discrimination ordinance in the early morning hours of Sept. 5, 2013.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

He’s not a multi-media professional, nor does he have formal training in audio/visual technology.

But District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules had last week’s B session recorded and posted to his website because it was not broadcast on the city’s public access channel, TVSA.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
10:27 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Religious Supporters, Opponents Clash On Proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance

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.
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.

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City Government
4:14 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

What's Next For The Man Who Leaked The Chan Recording?

James Stevens has no plans to get back into politics, but at this point, he's hoping for any full time job.
James Stevens

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."

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
12:49 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Packed Council Chamber For Late Night Non-Discrimination Ordinance Discussion

Municipal Plaza Building
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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City Government
2:48 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Now, No One Agrees With Proposed Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Council B session briefing on the lastest draft of the non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

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.

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City Government
1:39 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Van De Putte Weighs In On Non-Discrimination Ordinance

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio, a leading lawmaker for equal rights, is speaking out against those who are opposing an update to the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

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The Source - August 27, 2013
4:56 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

The Source: Textbooks In Texas | Non-Discrimination Ordinance Debate Continues

Screen shot from the documentary "The Revisionaries," a film about the State Board of Education's textbook approval process. View the trailer at: http://youtu.be/qoeMm0Tm95M.
Director Scott Thurman

In the first segment:

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.  

Professor Michael Soto, a former State Board of Education member, explains how the board operates with reviewers along with documentary filmmaker Scott Thurman, whose documentary "The Revisionaries" took a critical look at the SBOE process a few years ago.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
4:35 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Ozuna Steps Forward To Defend Family, Non-Discrimination Ordinance

Former Dist. 3 Councilwoman Leticia Ozuna (right) and Sophia Parafina, her spouse of 25 years.
Courtesy Leticia Ozuna

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."

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