San Antonio Adopts Disputed Gay Rights Measure - ABC News
San Antonio Adopts Disputed Gay Rights Measurebackup link:San Antonio adopts disputed gay rights measure - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.comSan Antonio's leaders on Thursday approved anti-bias protections for gay and transgender residents, over the disapproval of top Texas Republicans and religious conservatives who packed a City Council hearing and occasionally shamed supporters for comparing the issue to the civil rights movement.
The 8-3 City Council vote in favor of the ordinance was a victory for gay rights advocates and for Democratic Mayor Julian Castro, a top surrogate of President Barack Obama. Castro has called the ordinance overdue in the nation's seventh-largest city, where there is a stronger current of traditionalism and conservatism than other major Texas cities that already have similar gay rights protections.
San Antonio joins nearly 180 other U.S. cities that have nondiscrimination ordinances that prohibit bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity, according to the Human Rights Campaign.
"This ordinance is about saying there are no second-class citizens in San Antonio," Castro said.
seems this stuff is spreading like wildfire, equality and ending discrimination is fanning out!
with other recent victories and cases in NM
Photographers Discriminated Against Gay Couple, Court Rules - Law Blog - WSJ
and Oregon which have also made news and discrimination is losing.
TODD'S AMERICAN DISPATCH: Christian bakery closes after LGBT threats, protests | Fox News
Soon i hope these discrimination laws that include sexual orientation are nation wide, many states have them but many do not.
Not sure if it will be picked off one by one or if equal gay rights will nationally happen first with gay marriage.
anyway my state, PA is the only North West state not too but 12 out of 15 of its largest cities do
1. Philadelphia* - pop. 1,526,006 (passed this law in 1954, amended 2002)
2. Pittsburgh* - pop. 305,704 (passed this law in 1992, amended 2005)
3. Allentown* - pop. 118,032 (passed this law in 1964, amended 2002)
4. Erie (as part of Erie County) - pop. 101,786 (passed this law in 2002)
5. Reading* - pop. 88,082 (passed this law in 1955, amended 2009)
6. Scranton - pop. 72,485 (passed this law in 2003)
7. Bethlehem* - pop. 71,329 (passed this law on June 21st, 2011)
8. Lancaster* - pop. 55,381 (passed this law in 1991)
10. Harrisburg* - pop. 47,196 (passed this law in 1992)
12. York - pop. 40,862 (passed this law in 1998)
13. State College* - pop. 38,420 (passed this law in 2008)
15. Easton* - pop. 26,080 (passed this law in 2007)
anyway congratulations San Antonio good job joining the places, cities and states that ending discrimination and practicing equality, hopefully more catch up soon!