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235 People Speak At Marathon City Council Meeting For Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

Ryan Loyd
TPR News
San Antonio City Hall

About 300 people gathered outside San Antonio City Council chambers Wednesday evening for a protest and prayer vigil demonstrating their opposition to the city’s proposed anti-discrimination ordinance.

The ordinance would consolidate existing policies for race, gender, age and disability, and would add language to prohibit discrimination against sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status. The ordinance covers employment practices for the City of San Antonio and those of city contractors.

As people opposed to the ordinance prayed outside council chambers, people inside signed up to speak. District 8 City Councilman Ron Nirenberg said there were 235 people signed up to speak, split about evenly both for and against the proposal. 

The full council will deliberate the anti-discrimination ordinance on Aug. 28. and is scheduled for a Sept. vote.

Eileen Pace is a veteran radio and print journalist with a long history of investigative and feature reporting in San Antonio and Houston, earning more than 50 awards for investigative reporting, documentaries, long-form series, features, sports stories, outstanding anchoring and best use of sound.