Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott tells 1200 WOAI news he's serious about filing a federal lawsuit against San Antonio's newly enacted Gay and Lesbian Non Discrimination Ordinance, and says litigation to block the new law may be filed as early as this week.
The law, which was passed 8-3 on Thursday, adds sexual orientation and 'gender identity' to the state's current non discrimination laws.
But Abbott and other conservative activists say haste on the part of supporters to ram the NDO through, and last minute changes made during the debate make the law a 'mess' and make it unenforceable and illegal.
"Section 32 of Article One of the Texas Constitution concerns same sex marriage," Abbott said. "If someone says we are going to stand on the law, they would be guilty of violating that San Antonio ordinance."
The state has a 'supremacy clause' much like the federal government, stressing that municipal law cannot override state law.
Abbott says the San Antonio law does just that, violating several state laws.
"There is a provision in here, that seems to silence anyone who may have a disagreement with that ordinance," Abbott said. "I believe that violates the First Amendment protections of freedom of speech and freedom of religion, and violates the Texas Constitution."
Supporters say all the new law does is adds to protections already in place barring discrimination against a wide variety of individuals.
But Abbott and other conservatives say supporters went too far by providing punishments and sanctions to those who may disagree with the new proposal, leaving it open to a successful court challenge.