San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor is apparently taking her cues from wingnut GOP state Rep. Molly White.
Last week, we told you how White's staff told a gay constituent that discussing LGBT issues would be a "waste of time."
Now, Mayor Taylor says San Antonio's LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination ordinance — which she voted against when it passed in 2013 — was a "waste of time."
Taylor, appointed mayor of the nation's seventh-largest city after Julian Castro was named HUD secretary, made the comments during a candidate forum on Sunday at Cornerstone Church. The San Antonio Express News reports:
The candidates also re-litigated the year-and-a-half-old nondiscrimination ordinance, which added sexual orientation and gender identity to protected classes.
Taylor said she voted with her conscience — against the protections — and stands by her decision.
“I did not feel we should have even been debating that issue,” she said. “I thought it was a waste of time.”
Taylor also recently called the nondiscrimination ordinance "a political stunt," and as mayor, she has refused to properly implement it. Last week, Taylor voted against a resolution calling on the state Legislature to respect local control when it comes to issues like nondiscrimination laws.
It's unclear whether Taylor, the city's first black mayor, also thinks race-based protections are a waste of time.
Probably not, but that won't stop her from pandering to right-wing voters as she tries to make a runoff against former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte or former state Rep. Mike Villarreal, both LGBT allies.
The good news is that if and when Taylor loses the mayor's race, she'll be off the City Council, too. Good riddance.