- September 4, 2013
The San Antonio Spurs are the latest to join the groundswell of support for an ordinance that would expand the city’s nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and veteran status.
In a letter addressed to Mayor Julian Casto, Rick Pych, president of business operations for Spurs Sports and Entertainment, cited the team’s and the National Basketball Association’s existing nondiscrimination policies and its benefits.
“SS&E and the NBA have historically been leaders in diversity and nondiscrimination,” wrote Pych, according to the San-Antonio Express News. “SS&E has demonstrated a commitment to fair employment practices, which has resulted in a diverse workforce in our multicultural community.”
HRC has been on the ground since January assisting the local coalition Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) in urging the city council to pass an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations.
The City Council will hear public comment today before tomorrow’s vote.
Over the last few months, the debate over the additions to the city’s existing nondiscrimination ordinance has been contentious. On August 14, about 300 people attended a prayer vigil led by local pastors outside the City Council chambers in protest of the additions, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And over 200 individuals signed up to testify both in support and against the bill. During his testimony, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and openly gay man Eric Alva was booed by anti-LGBT protestors.
After audio leaked of San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s vitriolic anti-LGBT rant while discussing the ordinance with staff members, the San Antonio Express-News withdrew its previous support of the councilmember and called for her resignation.