The city council approved changes to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance. With an 8-3 vote the city council added gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran issues to the list of protected classes.
Supporters and local leaders got together to celebrate the approval.
“Well we’ve had nondiscrimination ordinance on the books for many years that includes race, color, religion, sex, age (and) other protected categories but nothing for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and over 180 cities already do. So San Antonio is kind of lagging instead of leading in that area so it’s high time,” said supporter Daniel Graney.
Local leaders became the focal point of the celebration with many folks rushing to take pictures and give thanks.
"We came out here because there are members of our city who are part of the lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual community and today what we did is allow them protections so they can be just like every other San Antonio resident,” said District 4 councilman Ray Saldana.
The opposition isn’t giving up so easily though. There are threatening to collect signatures to recall the eight council members who voted yes.
“I’ve done a lot for the inner city. I’ve done a lot for poor neighborhoods. I‘ve passed payday legislation. If your problem with me is that I want to treat everyone equally, it says more about you than it says about me,” said District 1 councilman Diego Bernal.