The San Antonio Spurs have come out in support of the city’s proposed nondiscrimination ordinance.
Mayor Julian Castro released the letter to the Express-News on Tuesday, in which the team cites its own and the National Basketball Association’s nondiscrimination policies. The NBA added sexual orientation to its policy in 2011.
Rick Pych, president of business operations for Spurs Sports & Entertainment, wrote in the letter that the team and NBA support inclusion of everyone with discrimination.
“SS&E and the NBA have historically been leaders in diversity and nondiscrimination,” Pych wrote. “SS&E has demonstrated a commitment to fair employment practices, which has resulted in a diverse workforce in our multicultural community.”
Castro said he’s pleased with the support from the business community, which includes the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
“Successful companies clearly get that nondiscrimination provisions that apply to the LGBT community make good business sense and are the right thing to do,” he said.
Clergy members gathered Tuesday at City Hall to show support for the ordinance, which the council will vote on Thursday. The measure would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status in employment, housing and public accommodations.
Equality Texas is urging LGBT supporters to voice their support and show up at the council meeting Wednesday and to the vote on Thursday. The Express-News came in support of the ordinance this morning in an editorial.