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San Antonio passes non-discrimination ordinance

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On Thursday the city council of San Antonio, TX passed a non-discrimination measure that provides protections for gay and transgender residents on an 8-3 vote.

San Antonio, the seventh largest city in America, joins almost 180 other cities in America that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro remarked, “this is about saying there are no second-class citizens in San Antonio.”

The San Antonio ordinance goes beyond similar ordinances passed in Utah over the past few years, as it extends to city contracts and contractors, prohibits council members from discriminating in their official capacity, and includes protections in public accommodations such as restaurants and hotels.

The measure was opposed by prominent national conservatives and Texas Republicans, including U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Texas Attorney General (and gubernatorial candidate) Greg Abbott.  Abbott has predicted that the ordinance will result in a legal challenge over religious freedom, though he has not indicated that such a challenge will come from the state.

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