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It's thumbs down for Ivy Taylor from CAUSA
QSanAntonio, July 19, 2014

In a statement issued on Friday, July 18 CAUSA (Community Alliance for a United San Antonio) did not endorse any of the four city council members who are seeking the position of interim mayor. However, one sentence in the statement made clear who they did not want to get the job.

On July 16, the city clerk Leticia Vacek announced that letters of interest in the position had been received from council members Ron Nirenberg, Ray Lopez, Ivy R. Taylor and Shirley Gonzalez. The interim mayor will serve until May 21, 2015 when the next mayoral election is held.

While not naming Councilwoman Taylor, the only one of the four candidates who did not vote for the nondiscrimination ordinance, the CAUSA statement declared: ". . . 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."

As of July 18, CAUSA had met with Taylor, Lopez and Gonzales.

In a July 14 column in the San Antonio Express-News, Brian Chasnoff reports, "District 2 Councilwoman Ivy Taylor is busy making amends with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, meeting with leaders and pledging to uphold and even strengthen the city's updated nondiscrimination ordinance that she voted against last year."

Chasnoff went on to write that Taylor was making the gesture in order to "bury the hatchet" with Councilman Diego Bernal, the originator of the NDO.

At her recent meeting with CAUSA, Taylor said she would work on improving the process of filing complaints under the NDO and would appoint an LGBT liaison to her office. When asked about her vote against the NDO, Taylor stood by the comments she made on the day the ordinance was passed.

It is those comments, spoken in angry tones, which many in the LGBT community recall in their objections of Taylor.

“My main concern has been that the passage of this ordinance may cause some individuals to have to choose between the law and their faith,” Taylor said that day.

“As a person whose faith guides many decisions, I can understand that perspective. I also don’t think there can be agreement on what constitutes ‘discrimination’ and I don’t believe that people of faith should be forced to promote that which is in conflict with their basic moral values … I would not be able to sleep at night if I voted yes. It’s not just about me, it’s my job to represent my constituents."

“. . . I have sacrificed a lot to serve in this role on city council, but I will not sacrifice my core values and beliefs for political gain or to be in alignment with a particular platform. And if that was the expectation for me as a black woman, you’ve got the wrong sister in this seat,” Taylor added.

On Friday evening, Taylor appeared on Texas Week with Rick Casey. On the program, she told Casey she voted against the ordinance because it brought business owners who might have "certain religious beliefs" in conflict with the law.

"People should have a right to act out their faith," she said. "This is something that I do everyday in this job as a public servant."

When Casey pressed Taylor on a question about how some have used the bible to justify segregation, she replied, "What's more important is that we move forward. The ordinance has passed. It is the law of the land."

Taylor said she always thought she had a "fair relationship" (with the LGBT community) and that she met with "some of the folks" who had concerns about strengthening the implementation process for the ordinance. It would be her job as mayor to work on it she told Casey.

Taylor defended her convictions saying, "I have my own personal beliefs as well as many other San Antonians, many whom came out to speak and voiced those opinions. And so I think we just need to find some common ground and move on."

CAUSA is urging the community to contact their City Council representative by phone or email to voice their thoughts on who should become interim mayor. Click here to find your councilperson's contact information.

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. Here is the text of that statement.

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.