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The Source: What Does Houston's Loss At Texas Supreme Court Mean For San Antonio NDO?

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Last year, Houston passed a sweeping reform to its nondiscrimination order expanding it to several different groups of people including military personnel, people with differing marital status, and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender community.

The expansion was hotly contested in that city and made national headlines. Unlike San Antonio's NDO, which covers city government and those doing business with the city, Houston provided a penalty for any business with more than 15 workers for employment discrimination.

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court said Houston needed to stop enforcing the ordinance and either repeal it or put it on the November ballot.

According to the Judges, opponents of the ordinance had successfully petitioned the city to add the issue to the ballot over the protests of some city officials who disputed the number of signatures.

What does it mean for gay rights in texas? How might the ruling affect San Antonio's NDO?


  • Roger Salcido, field organizer for Equality Texas, an advocacy organization for LGBT rights
  • Terri Burke, executive director of the ACLU of Texas
  • Jonathan Saenz, president of Texas Values Action, a conservative group that opposes same-sex marriage
Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive