by Callie Enlow
CAUSA, Community Alliance for a United San Antonio, and other LGBT groups appear to be firing on all cylinders now that proposed changes to the City's non-discrimination ordinance to protect LGBT San Antonians have come under scrutiny from national conservative media and advocacy groups. Several council members, including Ron Nirenberg, Rebecca Viagran, Cris Medina and Ivy Taylor, are still on the fence about the changes, which would prohibit city employees and departments discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity while acting on behalf of COSA. Detractors appear to worry about the ordinance impacting religious freedom, although the language already contains a religious exemption.
In advance of council discussions, tentatively slated for the Aug. 15 B Session and Sept. 5 A session according to sources familiar with the issue, CAUSA has launched a petition for ordinance supporters to sign here. GetEQUALTX is encouraging people to attend Wednesday's Citizens to Be Heard council session as well.
Over the weekend, allies of CAUSA's cause (full disclosure: my husband, Ben Judson, was one of them) created a web site, hashtag (#ndo4sa) and avatar (see above) for ordinance supporters to use as well. Opponents of the ordinance, including Alliance Defending Freedom and Texas Values have also encouraged citizens in San Antonio and beyond to contact COSA council members and voice their displeasure, bringing statewide and national organizing efforts to the fight.