As the Christian right freaks out over the passage of an anti-discrimination ordinance in San Antonio, Texas that includes sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, their buddy Greg Abbott, the Texas Attorney General, seems to agree that the law is constitutional:
Citing a late change in the nondiscrimination ordinance that San Antonio recently passed, a spokesman for the Texas attorney general’s office said the state is now unlikely to file suit.
A clause that disallowed appointed city officials to “demonstrate a bias, by word or deed” was deleted from the ordinance before the San Antonio City Council passed it on Sept. 5 with an 8-3 vote. The ordinance is aimed at preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
“We are pleased the city council heeded our advice and deleted this provision, which surely would have been grounds for a constitutional challenge to the ordinance,” Jerry Strickland, a spokesman for the AG’s office, said in a statement. “We will continue to review the ordinance and monitor the situation.”
The original language was overly broad and would likely have been struck down, but the fact that it was stripped and the final law seems not to have slowed down the wingnuts a bit. They’re claiming, as they always do, that the law will lead to pastors being dragged from the pulpit and thrown in jail. The fact that it never happens never seems to matter to them at all.
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