It's thumbs down for Ivy Taylor from
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
here to find your councilperson's contact information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.