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Vojvodich failed to return calls for comment. A Republican, he's filed for re-election, facing two challengers in the upcoming GOP primary.

SACU discrimination alleged

"I'm not really someone who wears my sexuality on my sleeve, but through the normal course of the workday coworkers might ask me about marital status, family, those things," Keith Crabtree, 47, told the Current last week. "Having been closeted for the first 32 years of my life, I have for the last several years finally started to answer those questions honestly. … telling my coworkers that I'm gay, that I've been with my partner for 11 years."

That didn't fly with a San Antonio Credit Union branch manager near Military and Huebner, Crabtree claims, where he began working last October. In a petition he's circulating online, and in a complaint he's filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Crabtree says the manager singled him out for being gay, and that the company's HR department eventually fired him when he came in to complain.

Crabtree claims the manager barred him from using the restroom in the employee lounge because he was gay. Instead, she insisted he walk out to the lobby to use the customer restroom. Within weeks, she also barred him from using the employee entrance. She put the breaks on his certification process and wouldn't respond to his requests for time off, he says.

Early this year, Crabtree says the manager pulled him into her office and told him he "could not speak of anything gay in any form or fashion, that she didn't want to hear it at all." He says he broke down sobbing in her office.

"We respectfully disagree with the allegations," said Paige Ramsey-Palmer with SACU corporate communications. "We feel they are inaccurate." The company, she insisted, doesn't prohibit any worker from using the employee restroom and that none are barred from discussing family. She cited the company's non-discrimination policy, which does not include a line about discrimination for sexual orientation. "In practice, SACU does not allow discrimination for sexual orientation," she said.

Crabtree says weeks after he brought complaints of discrimination to HR reps, he was fired. He's since filed a complaint with the EEOC for retaliation.

"We are unaware of any employees having been terminated for making a whistleblower complaint," said Ramsey-Palmer. She also said SACU has sent Crabtree a cease and desist letter demanding he take down the online petition, insisting the "inaccurate statements" harm the credit union's reputation and business.

Oil, gas, and endangered lizard 'dysfunction'

Former Rail Road Commission chair and current state Senate candidate Elizabeth Ames-Jones offered what was perhaps last week's most hilarious quote: "The United States Constitution begins with 'We the people,' not 'We the lizards.'" So add Ames-Jones to the cacophony of government and industry voices blaming a tiny disappearing dunes sagebrush lizard for wanting to, well, survive.

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