San Antonio Bans LGBT Bias 'by Word or Deed'

(UPDATED) America's seventh-largest city follows 180 others in expanding non-discrimination laws. But focus on spoken statements is a first...

Update (Sept. 17): Baptist Press reports on the first likely casualty of San Antonio's new policy: major meetings by Southern Baptists at the city's convention center.


Update (Sept. 9): Religion Clause clarifies the details of San Antonio's expanded non-discrimination policy.

The controversial "word or deed" portion was amended to no longer focus on past statements by city officials. The final wording:

No appointed official or member of a board or commission shall engage in discrimination or demonstrate a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group of persons, or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability, while acting in their official capacity while in such public position.

The ordinance also states, "Nothing herein shall be construed as requiring any person or organization to support or advocate any particular lifestyle or religious ...

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