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Tonight’s musical selection is “Aheym,” by Kronos Quartet with Bryce Dessner, from the album Aheym.

Blue & Red Shirts in San Antonio City Council Chambers

The San Antonio LGBTQ Non-discrimination Ordinance, passed earlier this month by the city council, is safe from Greg Abbott. For now.

I’m at the 100 Year Starship Symposium this weekend, in case you missed my preview on Bytegeist.

Earlier this month, I reported on the successful vote for a LGBTQ nondiscrimination ordinance in San Antonio, Texas. For a time, it seemed like Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, intent on using hatred to forward his political career, might sue to block its implementation. But, a little-publicized change in language means his office seems to be backing down on threats. From Texas Public Radio:

The gubernatorial candidate believed the ordinance violates free speech because of the phrase, “word or deed.”

He said it violated the Constitution because the law would prevent appointees on city boards and commissions from engaging in bias by “word or deed.”

But when the law passed, the San Antonio City Council removed the phrase in question, unbeknownst to many people on both sides of the issue.

Instead, the ordinance says members cannot discriminate against anyone while acting in their official capacity on a board or commission.

However, his office warns, “We will continue to review the ordinance and monitor the situation.” Whatever that means, as the Dallas Voice points out:

There’s no situation and once passed, ordinances don’t freely change, requiring constant monitoring.

What bothers Abbott is that in San Antonio, as in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and El Paso, discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is now illegal. The only thing to monitor is that this sort of discrimination doesn’t happen. Anywhere. But that’s probably not what Abbott’s office will be doing.

Queer activists with groups like GetEqual TX are already organizing for their next Texas city — Corpus Christi.

What’s on your mind tonight? It’s an open conversation in the comments.

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Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and