POSTED: Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 2:07pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 6, 2013 - 1:10am
San Antonio, TX (KTSM) — The nation’s seventh-largest city, San Antonio, added sexual orientation and gender identity protections into ordinances governing city employment, contracting, housing and public accommodations.
The City Council passed the updates by a 8-3 vote, and despite an ugly smear campaign mounted by anti-LGBT activists that included harmful propaganda directed particularly at transgender San Antonians.
“The San Antonio City Council did the right thing today in updating their ordinances to reflect the basic value that all city residents deserve to be treated equally under the law,” said Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin.
HRC has been on the ground in San Antonio with strategic support and field resources since January to organize support for the ordinance updates, and was proud to partner with the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) in bringing the updates to a successful council vote.
San Antonio Councilman Diego Bernal was the sponsor of this bill, and the ordinance updates also enjoyed the strong backing of Mayor Julian Castro.
San Antonio scored 48 out of 100 points on the HRC Foundation’s 2012 Municipal Equality Index, and HRC expects that score to improve dramatically this year as a result of Mayor Castro’s leadership.