San Antonio, Texas Passes LGBT Non-Discrimination Ordinance in 8-3 Vote


San Antonio, Texas has passed an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in a vote of 8-3. The ordinance covers city employment, and citywide contracting, housing and public accommodations.

The measure's passage follows months of public debate, public prayer against it, and headlines over City Councilwoman Elisa Chan's remarks on the bill, in which she called LGBT people "disgusting".


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  1. Good for them! That poor WNBA player (whatever her name is) will have to have a photo taken of her pouting.

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 5, 2013 3:50:50 PM

  2. Way to go San Antonio. You have heard the true calling of liberty and have responded. I am glad that the city did not give in to hate and discrimination. It is always amazing to me to see people that have themselves been exposed to discrimination not understand how we are all in this together. I am glad that their clouded judgements did not rule the day. Congratulations and full speed ahead.

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Sep 5, 2013 3:52:45 PM

  3. The ordinance only applies to city employers and employees and it got watered down a lot from where it was, but it's something, and the bigots (aka Elisa Chan and Carlton Soules) lost. San Antonio sending a good message that the city stands for equality. SA has one of the biggest LGBT populations so something, no matter how expansive it is or isn't, was necessary.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Sep 5, 2013 3:54:49 PM

  4. Can we just pass ENDA so these idiots will go away?

    Posted by: Anthony | Sep 5, 2013 3:56:27 PM

  5. The two conservative councilmembers and the African american vote against. Yep everything checks out sterotypically wise.

    Posted by: KEVIN | Sep 5, 2013 4:00:47 PM

  6. Anthony, we cannot pass ENDA as long if there is a Republican House, Republican Senate, or Republican President. Therefore, we cannot pass it until at least 2017, or more likely, until at least 2013 because of Republican gerrymandering of Congressional districts.

    Posted by: Luke | Sep 5, 2013 4:02:16 PM

  7. Thank you for the oversized graphic on this story. I hope it boosted your self-esteem.

    Posted by: GIJoe | Sep 5, 2013 4:05:45 PM

  8. So as San Antonio takes a step forward, there's another community in Texas that's going back.

    The Texarkana Gazette is refusing to publish a lesbian couple's wedding annoucement saying that it's against their policy.

    I put the link in my comment name, but you can also google Michelle Cook and Patricia Wrightner.

    Posted by: Steve | Sep 5, 2013 4:07:03 PM

  9. It's particularly shameful that two of the three votes against came from two women of color who should be particularly aware of the sting of discrimination and segregation.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Sep 5, 2013 4:09:52 PM

  10. Thanks for the graphic. It's nice to know(BY NAME) who the actual bigots and haters are and it's should be no surprise that women of color were the most vocal and bigoted. They are an embarrassement to the residents of San Antonio and deserve to be called on their homohatred. One can hope that the Victory Fund runs a few qualified OPENLY gay folks against these bigots in the next election cycle and remove them from office permanently!

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 5, 2013 4:18:29 PM

  11. Francis #1,

    Where have you read that? The only portion that was changed was the bathroom guidelines for transgendered persons.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 5, 2013 4:28:51 PM



    So much for celebrating diversity.

    So much for learning from the past.

    These women have probably encountered some form of discrimination in their lives, but hey. GAYS? Screw them. They don't count.

    Posted by: NYCer | Sep 5, 2013 4:32:08 PM

  13. Totally agree NYCer. What shameful hypocrisy. Those pathetic betches can kiss my azz.

    Posted by: James | Sep 5, 2013 4:33:10 PM

  14. Oh, yeah, NYCER and JAMES, like either one of you would have supported civil rights for Blacks and Asians--that's if you had the same mentality 40 years ago that you show now.

    There are bigots in every race/nationality AND, OH YES, sexual orientations also.

    Like you care about "divesity" Who the you think you're fooling?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 5, 2013 4:44:15 PM

  15. Elisa Chan also voted against the Veteran Non-discrimination Ordinance. Apparently she feels discrimination is fine.

    Posted by: gerry | Sep 5, 2013 4:44:45 PM

  16. You prayed. Jesus has spoken. FYI: he said equality.

    Posted by: Mitch | Sep 5, 2013 4:46:41 PM

  17. @Francis only the employment applies to city employees and it didn't get that watered down. There are five sections it applies to including fair housing and public accommodations.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Sep 5, 2013 4:49:57 PM

  18. How's that prayer thing workin' out for ya'?

    Posted by: mike | Sep 5, 2013 5:01:25 PM

  19. Derrick from Philly - you're very, very reliable. ALWAYS there to defend black people, even when they commit crimes, act ignorantly, and even vote against gay issues. Everyone knows where your priorities are.

    Posted by: SamIam | Sep 5, 2013 5:03:34 PM

  20. The ordinance applies to contracting, which essentially is employment.

    Posted by: Stefan | Sep 5, 2013 5:04:06 PM

  21. Any gay rights progress anywhere in the South is to be welcomed.

    Posted by: Mary | Sep 5, 2013 5:08:40 PM

  22. And SAMIAM, you are a reliable White supremacist--always there to spout anti-Black hatred. It is my job on Towleroad to respond to your kind. (how ya' like that line?)

    @ "ALWAYS there to defend black people...and even vote against gay issues."

    Maybe that's because your kind never notices the majority of Black politicians who do vote in favor of civil rights for Gay folks--in the Congress or on a local level.

    Your kind only cares about those Blacks who are anti-Gay--they're the only ones who get your attention. That makes you pretty reliable too, don't it now?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 5, 2013 5:28:00 PM

  23. Hey, SAMIAM,

    another thing: where in my comment is there a defense of the Black or Asian councilwomen who voted against civil rights for Gays?

    I don't defend Blacks who hate Gays. Why should I? They hate me too. But I can't stand a pompous, smug White supremacist--even if he's a homo.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Sep 5, 2013 5:33:02 PM

  24. Easiest way to solve the "what it covers, what it doesn't" is to post the darn thing. Only change is to bathroom provision which was changed to add points of unlawful entry.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Sep 5, 2013 5:36:52 PM

  25. Just two little words for Ellsa, Ivy, and Carlton. Can you guess what they are?

    Posted by: Peter | Sep 5, 2013 6:04:34 PM

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