Fair Practices Ordinance Passed  – Texas Border Business


Equal Protection, and an affirmation of the tenets of the U.S. Declaration of Independence "that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Image Source: Image Source:  https://www.brownsvilletx.gov; Bgd for illustration purposes
Equal Protection, and an affirmation of the tenets of the U.S. Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” ; Image Source:  https://www.brownsvilletx.gov; Bgd for illustration purposes
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On Tuesday, September 6, 2022, by unanimous vote of the City Commission on both the first and second readings, The City of Brownsville adopted Ordinance 2022-1709 – FAIR PRACTICES. This Ordinance which has been in the works consistently since 2020 is the most comprehensive language south of Austin, TX which applies to a municipality and all within its jurisdiction, with noted exceptions in the language. This language is not only intended to codify protections affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court for citizens who are part of the LGBTQ+ community, but more broadly to codify equal protection without regard to race, color, religion, gender, familial status, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Equal Protection, and an affirmation of the tenets of the U.S. Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

It is my distinct honor to have been part of this process, first as a member of the City of Brownsville’s LGBTQ+ Task Force, and then as Commissioner, working alongside the individuals on the Task Force then and today. Over the course of the last two years, we have reviewed language from other cities across Texas, have worked with partners from Lambda Legal, the Human Rights Campaign, Equality Texas, and the ACLU, have worked tirelessly with the City Attorney’s Office, and have worked with citizens who had concerns about language of this nature and its possible implications for our citizens. Equal Protection, and an affirmation of the tenets of the U.S. Declaration of Independence “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

– Commissioner Roy De los Santos

Special Thanks goes to the individuals in the LGBTQ+ community who first lobbied the City back in 2019 for the creation of the first LGBTQ+ Task Force in the Rio Grande Valley, to all who have served on the LGBTQ+ Task Force since its creation, and to citizen John Barham who joined me to craft language to ensure a respect for individual freedom while ensuring rights to employment, access to places of public accommodation, and access to housing for all in our City.

Read the full Ordinance Below:

Brownsville ORDINANCE



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