Victoria's nondiscrimination policy meets state, federal laws

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

Sept. 5, 2013 at 4:05 a.m.
Updated Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:06 a.m.

Nondiscrimination policies for the city of Victoria will remain unchanged as its neighbor to the west adds protection based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Victoria Human Resources Director Cheryl Marthiljohni said the city's nondiscrimination policy follows state and federal law.

As its general policies undergo an in-house review, that specific policy will stay as is, she said. Sexual orientation is already included in the nondiscrimination clause.

However, gender identity is not listed.

San Antonio City Council voted Thursday to join almost 180 other U.S. cities that have nondiscrimination ordinances prohibiting bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Marthiljohni said she sees a trend more at the national level than statewide for nondiscrimination policies to include sexual orientation.

Mayor Paul Polasek, who owns a software business, said the issue can become emotional for some.

He said it is not up to him to judge what someone does on their own time.

"If someone can do a great job for me, that's what I'm most concerned about - not what they do on their own time or their own preferences," he said.

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