LGBTQ

Non-Discrimination Ordinance
9:29 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Change Of Phrase In Final NDO Disarms Attorney General's Threat

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott believed the city's non-discrimination ordinance would open San Antonio up to lawsuits.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed he'd take a stand if San Antonio passed the controversial and widely-discussed non-discrimination ordinance, but now it looks like Abbott is backing down.

The gubernatorial candidate believed the ordinance violates free speech because of the phrase, "word or deed."

He said it violated the Constitution because the law would prevent appointees on city boards and commissions from engaging in bias by "word or deed."

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Same-Sex Benefits
9:36 am
Tue September 17, 2013

ACLU Petition Seeking DOD Action In National Guard Benefit Refusals

Parade grounds at Camp Mabry, Austin.
Flickr user Eric Frierson (utheadache) cc

In response to the decision of several state National Guard posts to not process federal benefits for same-sex military couples, the ACLU has started a petition that already has thousands of signatures online.  

Once they have enough signatures, they plan to submit the petition to the Department of Defense in hopes that the DOD will take action against the Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas National Guards for their inaction on same-sex benefits.

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Same-Sex Benefits
9:40 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Van De Putte And House Dems See National Guard Refusal In Opposite Ways

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte says she understands Gen. Nichols' reasons for approaching the matter with caution.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

With Attorney General Greg Abbott now advising the Texas National Guard about the legal side of their refusal to process federal same-sex couple benefits, a group of House Democrats are urging Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the head of the Texas National Guard, to rescind his decision and start processing the benefits.

But the issue is more complex than you might imagine.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
5:35 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Opponents Of NDO Lodge Ethics Complaints Against Bernal

Councilman Diego Bernal gestures as he explained his position on the city's non-discrimination ordinance at the Sept. 5 meeting.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The non-discrimination ordinance has passed, but opponents are not giving up their fight.

Opponents of the ordinance are retaliating against Mayor Julián Castro and each of the eight council members who voted to pass the measure -- they are gathering signatures for recall petitions.

On Aug. 10, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal was holding his regular Coffee with the Councilman event at Linda’s Mexican Restaurant #2.

But this time the room was populated with opponents of the LGBT non-discrimination ordinance.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
3:59 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Abbott Says San Antonio NDO Is Subject To Legal Challenge

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
State of Texas

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.

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The Source - September 5, 2013
1:23 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

The Source: Rep. Lloyd Doggett | The NDO Vote | Carmen Tafolla

San Antonio City Council is voting today on the proposed non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett joins us to talk about Affordable Care implementation and his views on intervention in Syria.

In the second segment:

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City Government
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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