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Opposition Grows to Gay Anti-Discrimination Bill as Transgendered Support Wanes

Opposition Grows to Gay Anti-Discrimination Bill as Transgendered Support Wanes

  Several conservative state officials have written letters to San Antonio City Council members, expressing their opposition to the gay and lesbian anti-discrimination proposal which is set to come up for a vote next week, 1200 WOAI news reports.


  Despite a demand by some members to delay the scheduled September 5 vote, supporters are attempting to push it through on Thursday, following a disastrous City Council work session last Wednesday which actually increased opposition to the proposal.


  Several transgendered individuals told 1200 WOAI news they will not support the bill due to the fact that it will not allow them to use the public restroom of their choice.


  Some supporters are concerned that if a vote is delayed, even more support will drop away from the proposal, which would add sexual orientation and 'gender preference' to the list of protected classes under the city's anti-discrimination law.


  But transgendered representatives told 1200 WOAI news that assurances given to opponents that the measure would not allow men to use women's rest rooms has actually turned them against the bill.


  State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), who is running for Lieutenant Governor, said he is 'proud to stand with the faith community leaders of San Antonio on this issue.'


  "I hope the San Antonio City Council considers the harm this ordinance will perpetrate on those who share my faith as well as the inevitable litigation before adopting this politically motivated measure," Patrick said.


  There have been charges that the measure is 'racist.'  Much of the opposition has been driven by African American churches and pastors, who were well represented at a huge rally against the proposal on Wednesday.  Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, who represents the East Side, is clearly uncomfortable with the proposal, although she hasn't announced which way she plans to vote.


  State Sen. Donna Campbell, a Tea Party favorite, is also an opponent of the proposal.


  "Any ordinance that ostracizes a majority of its citizens for their personal religious beliefs is wrong, whether you agree with those beliefs or not," Campbell said.


  Ironically, City Councilwoman Elisa Chan, who has become somewhat of a hero among conservatives for her strong stand against the proposal, and for what many see as unfair criticism of her in secretly recorded comments, is considering challenging Campbell for her state senate seat.

 

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