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12:50 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Gay Rights Activists Celebrate Supreme Court DOMA/Prop 8 Decisions

A man holds a sign that reads "Love is love" at a pro-gay rally outside the Bexar County Courthouse.
Joey Palacios TPR

The sweeping decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 by the U.S. Supreme Court caused rallies of support across the country on Wednesday. Several hundred people celebrating the ruling gathered at the Bexar County Courthouse.

Activists and other people of all ages holding both rainbow and American flags, and a sign that said "love is love" flooded in front of the courthouse to cheer on the rulings of the Supreme Court. Many of those attending had smiles on their faces, adding to the mood of victory as they danced.

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Texas Legislature
2:48 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

How Did The 83rd Legislature Do On LGBT Equality?

People in San Antonio marched for equal rights in Milam Park as the Supreme Court heard arguments in the DOMA case in March of this year.
Ryan Loyd TPR

The month of June is Gay Pride month and Chuck Smith, the executive director of Equality Texas, is looking back over the 83rd legislative session to celebrate the group’s successes and develop a plan for some areas of improvement.

"This legislative session we had a record number of endorsed bills--over 30 bills--and I think that was indicative of lawmakers not being afraid to carry our legislation. I think the reality is that what we are trying to do now is mainstream Texas values," Smith said.

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City Government
12:57 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Mixed Review For Anti-Discrimination Proposal

The council's governance committee met in the main chamber halls because many people on both sides of the anti-discrimination issue showed up to hear the discussion.
Ryan Loyd TPR

When it comes to city hiring practices or contracts the council awards, District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal believes everyone should be included in protections against discrimination, which is why he’s suggesting an update to San Antonio’s anti-discrimination policies to include gender identity, sexual orientation, and veterans.

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City Government
4:01 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Bernal Gets Support, Backlash On Anti-Discrimination Expansion Proposal

District 1's Diego Bernal says the city is lagging on anti-discrimination policies and has proposed an expansion to include such groups as the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.
Gonzalo Rodriguez Duable

The San Antonio City Council could soon take up an anti-discrimination ordinance to include additional groups.

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal proposed a policy that would also be consolidated with other anti-discrimination regulations that he said are scattered about in a constellation of codes and ordinances.

City staffers are researching how to go about consolidating the policies. The council’s governance committee will meet Tuesday and decide whether to advance the issue to the full city council.

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Texas Constitution
11:13 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Castro Seeking City Attorney Opinion Following Attorney General Ruling On Domestic Benefits

Mayor Julian Castro is asking the city attorney's office how San Antonio would be affected by the AG's ruling that domestic partner benefits are unconstitutional.
Ryan Loyd TPR

In response to a request by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has issued an opinion on domestic partner benefits.

Abbott said cities, school districts and other "political subdivisions" who allow benefits to domestic partners are in violation of the Texas Constitution.

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City Council Elections
1:39 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

LGBT Group Endorses Candidates For City Election, Castro May Get Another Chance

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro told the nation he supports marriage equality at the Democratic National Convention in Sept. 2012.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Stonewall Democrats of San Antonio are the only Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender organization of their kind in Bexar County to screen and endorse candidates for public office.

For endorsement consideration, candidates must fill out a questionnaire on issues like non-discrimination and during its recent review of candidates for the San Antonio City Council, 22 of the 39 candidates completed their questionnaires.

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Texas Legislature
4:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

LGBT Workplace Equality Bill Would Ban Such Discrimination Statewide

Van de Putte has had a busy legislative session so far and her workplace equality bill is just another example of her leadership role.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

A bill in the Texas Senate authored by Sen. Leticia Van DePutte would make it illegal for any employer to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation.

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LGBTQ Rights
10:48 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Supporters Rally For Equal Rights In San Antonio, Court Hears DOMA Case

Mitsue McCoy leads chants with a megaphone outside City Hall. Marchers rallied City Hall to symbolize their support for a city-wide human rights ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR

Julie Pousson took the microphone and shouted that all people should be treated the same. A closeted lesbian for a long time, Pousson said no one should have to hide in the shadows, and her message resonated with the hundreds of people gathered outside the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday evening.

Activists held signs, candles, flags, and their pride for gays and lesbians who they believe should have the right to marry the same as traditional couples.

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Fronteras Desk
1:05 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Want Inclusion In Immigration Reform

William Wood and Jesus Rodriguez married recently with the hope that a change in federal law will allow Wood, a U.S. citizen, to petition for legal residency for Rodriguez, who is undocumented.
Adrian Florido Fronteras

 

Fronteras: Gay and lesbian activists are fighting to be included as U.S. immigration reform takes shape. The new Somali president has called for Somali refugees in the U.S. to return to their homeland and help rebuild the nation. Will young Somalis heed his call? We look at a new university housing model in New Mexico for student veterans. Also, we get the scoop on this year's CineFestival, which spotlights Latino films in San Antonio.

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LGBTQ Rights
2:20 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage/Civil Union Bills Filed In Legislature

Minnesota protesters ahead of the state legislature's anti-gay amendment vote in May 2011; the amendment failed.
Flickr user Fibonacci Blue cc

As some states across the U.S. approve same-sex marriage by voters or legislatures, many are asking when conservative Texas will move forward on the issue. Several lawmakers filed bills this week that can be seen at least symbolic victories of progress.

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