Before a crowd of hundreds at City Hall, the San Antonio City Council adopted a controversial ordinance Thursday aimed at preventing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
After hours of testimony, the council passed the ordinance on an 8-3 vote. Councilmembers Elisa Chan, Carlton Soules and Ivy Taylor were the three no votes.
San Antonio had been one of the only major Texas cities that did not offer protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston all have similar policies in place.
The ordinance, which goes into effect immediately, prevents ...