Diego Bernal says he's tired of potty talk.
The downtown councilman, who is the chief sponsor of that very controversial Gay and Lesbian Anti-Discrimination proposal which will come before City Council on Wednesday, says there is nothing whatsoever in the proposal that will affect where people go to the bathroom.
"It does not affect bathroom, locker room, or dressing room policies," Bernal said. "Everything as it is right now will remain the same."
Bernal says his proposal will not require the city or city contractors to hire gays and lesbians. He says it includes no affirmative action provisions, it simply prohibits city contractors from refusing to hire an otherwise qualified individual simply because that individual is gay.
It does not require any private companies in San Antonio to offer domestic partner benefits.
It does not prevent anybody, regardless of their beliefs, speech, or activities, from serving on City Council or on any city boards or commissions.
The so called 'word or deed' clause, which some said barred devout Christian and Muslims from serving on city boards and commissions has been removed from the proposal, even though Bernal said the proposal would never have barred anybody from serving on a city board.
He says the protections written into the proposal will not require religious organizations to offer their facilities to groups or activities with which they disagree, and it does not require religious organizations to perform or host ceremonies they disagree with.
"It will also not interfere with religious organizations' practice of only hiring members of their faith, and will not require any business to produce or promote messages it does not agree with on religious grounds," he said.
But the measure will bar any 'public accommodation,' which is a private business which is open to the general public, from refusing to provide goods and services to any individual simply because that person is gay.
"We are not breaking new ground or doing anything revolutionary," Bernal said. "We are merely doing what more than 180 municipalities have already done. Every member of the community deserves to live free from discrimination."