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Anti-LGBTQ Groups Attack Bexar County Over Inclusive EEO Policy

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Bexar County on Tuesday, Feb. 27 added LGBTQ employees to its Equal Employment Opportunity policy.

Out in SA reports:

The update, which was introduced by Precinct 2 Commissioner Paul Elizondo, was passed by a unanimous vote, making Bexar County the second county in Texas, after Dallas County, to amend its EEO policy to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression.

The passage was not without dissent. Four citizens spoke against the update citing mostly religious reasons for their opposition. LGBT political activist Dan Graney spoke in favor of the changes.

The new policy’s language reads: “Bexar County provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to sex, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, age, religion, political affiliation or beliefs, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any non-merit factor in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.”

Prior to the vote, the San Antonio Family Association issued an action alert opposing the changes:

Bexar County Commissioners Court intends to grant special class protections to unnatural lifestyles that will lead to domestic failure and undermines natural marriage, attacks the family, and promotes unhealthy lifestyles choices.

And here’s how Jonathan Saenz, president of the anti-LGBTQ Texas Values, reacted:

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John Wright

John Wright is the editor of OutSmart magazine. He has spent two decades in the mainstream and LGBTQ media. Most recently, he served as senior editor of Dallas Voice, and covered LGBTQ issues in the state Legislature for The Texas Observer. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Wright earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Florida. He resides in the EaDo area of Houston, where he is currently remodeling a 1930s row house.
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