In a surprising move, San Antonio City Council governance committee this afternoon stalled that proposal to add sexual orientation to the list of protections under the city’s anti discrimination law, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Several members of the committee complained that the proposal, which was first revealed by 1200 WOAI news yesterday morning, and which has still not been written, was being pushed too quickly.
Councilman David Medina, who is the only sitting council member who will face the voters in the coming two years, as he will be in a runoff next month, was the most adamant about delaying the proposal.
Others who spoke in favor of delay were Councilwoman Ivy Taylor and Councilman Rey Medina.
Mayor Castro made a passionate plea to support the ordinance, saying to oppose it is to 'not want to give equal protection to people based on their sexual orientation,' a comment which drew boos from opponents of the proposal. Many of them wore buttons showing one man, one woman, and one child.
The council chambers was packed, and was about 50-50 among people in favor, and against, the law.
City Attorney Michael Bernard said a draft of the ordinance can be written by next week, and will then be distributed to council.
Others on council were worried about the scope and the authority of the 'Human Rights Commission,' which would also be created as part of the measure.