Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said there is a provision in the city’s non-discrimination ordinance that silences anyone who may have a disagreement with the newly updated ordinance, which provides protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.
"I believe that violates the first amendment -- both freedom of speech and freedom of religion -- and violates the Texas Constitution. And I believe that makes the San Antonio ordinance subject to a legal challenge," Abbott said.
Now the question is if Abbott will take legal action.
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.
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.
Credit DeAnne Cuellar / Community Alliance for a United San Antonio
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.
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.
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.
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