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AG won’t sue over San Antonio non-discrimination ordinance

Mighty decent of him.

RedEquality

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.”

See here and here for the background. Not sure why took Abbott’s office this long to come to the realization that the ordinance had been amended, but whatever. Any day that Greg Abbott doesn’t file a frivolous, politically-motivated lawsuit is a good day in my book.

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