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CAUSA issues statement on selection of interim mayor
QSanAntonio, July 18, 2014

CAUSA (Community Alliance for a United San Antonio) issued a statement on Friday, July 18 regarding the selection of the interim mayor. Below is the text of that statement.

CAUSA statement on appointment of interim mayor

First and foremost, the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) would like to thank Mayor Julian Castro for his service to San Antonio. Castro’s passion, dedication, and vision has positioned our city for positive growth, prosperity, and advancement in the movement towards full inclusion and equality. We wish Mayor Castro and his family joy and success in their move to D. C. and wish him well in his endeavor as our nation’s Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Now San Antonio’s City Council must choose one of their own to step into the position of Interim Mayor. As the Council deliberates who will lead San Antonio, we request that they discern what it means to continue Mayor Castro’s vision and statement that “there are no second-class citizens in San Antonio.” We firmly believe that San Antonio’s mayor must be someone who fully embraces the core principle that ALL people, including members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, should be treated fairly and equally.

Furthermore, CAUSA has come to the consensus that the next mayor needs to be someone who voted in favor of including LGBT protections in the Non-Discrimination Ordinance (NDO) last year. The work of the NDO is not yet complete and we need a mayor who will move swiftly to strengthen it. While it is fully inclusive, it is far from being comprehensive. We still have work to do and need an ally to lead the city in implementing the current NDO and expanding further protections to include employment citywide, not just for city employees.

As a city, we should embrace everyone and find strength in our diversity. All of us wish to be treated with dignity and respect. Therefore, we call on our city’s leadership to appoint an Interim Mayor who has demonstrated a commitment to fair and equal treatment of all residents of San Antonio.

CAUSA is a nonpartisan coalition of groups and individuals whose aim is to promote nondiscrimination laws and policies within the City of San Antonio and Bexar County.

CAUSA to weigh in on interim mayor selection
QSanAntonio, June 25, 2014
Members of the Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) met on June 24 to discuss, among other things, the selection of the interim mayor and who might best fill the position.

LGBT opposition to Ivy Taylor persists as interim mayor selection nears
QSanAntonio, July 11, 2014
In just a few days, the City Council will begin the process of selecting the interim mayor. Within the LGBT community, there appears to be a consensus as to who should get the post: Anyone but Ivy Taylor.

Don’t deny Ivy Taylor’s chance to ‘evolve’
By Frederick Williams, San Antonio Current, July 2, 2014
Some residents from the LBGT community have publicly made it known that they oppose Ivy Taylor’s consideration by the council to serve as mayor in the interim before May’s general election.

In defense of Ivy Taylor
By Charles Kuffner, OffTheKuff.com, July 6, 2014
Ivy Taylor is a San Antonio City Council member. She’s currently considered a frontrunner to succeed outgoing Mayor Julian Castro once he leaves to become Housing Secretary. Her elevation to Mayor would be historic, as she would be the first African-American Mayor of San Antonio, but it has also generated some controversy because in 2013 she voted against expanding the city’s non-discrimination ordinance.

A Look To The Future, Not the Past
By Randy Bear, Bexar Left and Right, June 17, 2014
It seems that some within our city’s LGBT community don’t seem to be able to move past a vote taken almost a year ago with regards to the non-discrimination ordinance. One of the potential candidates for interim mayor, Councilwoman Ivy Taylor, is being rejected, not because of her work on council, but because of her vote on the ordinance, as if that one vote completely defined her council career.

LGBT activists balk at idea of Ivy Taylor as interim mayor
QSanAntonio, June 16, 2014
Political activists in the LGBT community say they are concerned by the news that City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor may be the frontrunner for the post of interim mayor after Mayor Julian Castro leaves San Antonio to take a position in President Obama's cabinet.

Commentary: The next mayor of San Antonio must support equality for all
By Dan Graney, QSanAntonio, June 17, 2014
I was recently quoted in the San Antonio Express-News as opposing the appointment of District 2 City Councilwoman Ivy Taylor as interim mayor after Mayor Castro is confirmed and sworn in as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. I just wanted to issue a statement that elaborates on why I think she does not deserve to be the mayor of this great city, not even for one minute.