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The Biggest Little Gay Rights Battle in Texas: An NDO timeline

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Throughout the summer, red-shirted NDO supporters have demonstrated outside and inside City Hall, as have blue-shirted NDO opposition groups

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August 6, 2013: CAUSA launches a change.org petition encouraging SA city council members to support the ordinance. At press time, it garnered 1,461 signatures.

August 7, 2013: More than 120 show up for Citizens to be Heard, the first since City Council returned from a month-long recess in July.

August 11, 2013: During service, Pastor Hagee publicly drops his opposition after learning of the re-worked ordinance wording. However, after an outcry among conservative pundits, he later clarifies he is still opposed to the ordinance.

August 14, 2013: Pastor Charles Flowers and others hold a prayer rally outside City Hall opposing the NDO. "The ordinance is taking away our rights as Christians," Nancy Goettman, chairwoman of the Bexar County chapter of the Christian Coalition of America.

On the same day, 300+ show up for Citizens to be Heard. Eric Alva, a disabled veteran speaking in support of the ordinance, is booed.

"When this ordinance passes, because it will, I will never have to worry about getting fired from a job, getting denied employment from a job or even being banned from an establishment for who I am." Eric Alva, the first American soldier wounded in Iraq

August 15, 2013: Brian Chasnoff at the Express-News publishes a secret recording made in a May 21 meeting in which District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan refers to homosexuality as "so disgusting" during a meeting to discuss how to spin her opposition to the ordinance. She also makes disparaging remarks about the transgender community and LGBT couples hoping to adopt.

The story is picked up by national media sites from Wonkette to Buzzfeed to the LGBT blog Towleroad. Even George Takei, the gay Asian-American actor, posted to his 4.4 million Facebook fans that "personally, I find this woman's actions repugnant."

Mayor Castro responds calling Elisa Chan's remarks "hurtful and ignorant."

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz releases a statement opposing the ordinance.

August 16, 2013: CAUSA holds a press conference calling for Chan to undergo education and sensitivity training, if not resign as District 9's council rep. CAUSA co-chair Dan Graney claims he had two separate conversations in 2009 with Chan in which she indicated she would support the measure.

District 8 representative Ron Nirenberg places on "indefinite leave" a former Chan staffer who advised her to "be a culture warrior" on the NDO fight and later made his way to District 8. Nirenberg also announces his support for the ordinance.

August 20, 2013: GetEQUAL issues a travel alert for all LGBT individuals traveling to San Antonio, claiming the city was not safe for LGBT tourists due to it not having non-discrimination protections.

Elisa Chan holds a press conference where she claims her staff meetings are "free-speech zones" and says she will "not change her own values or beliefs for political gain or survival … political correctness will not win this day; standing firm as an individual in service to the whole community does." She does not apologize for her May 21 remarks.

Late August 2013: Cris Medina in District 7 comes out in favor of the ordinance.

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