Despite months of intense public debate, religious bigots public prayer against it, and City Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s now infamous statements in which she called LGBT people “disgusting”. San Antonio, Texas has passed an LGBT non-discrimination ordinance in a vote of 8-3. (Guess how Chan voted?)
More than 700 people registered to speak Wednesday during a marathon session of citizen testimony that stretched past midnight. Just a few hours later, 100 people signed up Thursday morning to get in a final word before the vote
Opponents went on to say the ordinance would stifle religious expression and does not have the support of most of the city’s residents.
“The problem I have is that you criminalize us if we speak our faith,” said Marc Longoria, a pastor at My Father’s House Church. “We are Christians all the time. We don’t have an on and off switch.” with some even resorting to using the anti-gay religious rights meme that LGBT rights are not civil rights.
“My parents and my grandparents rode the back of the bus,” said Sylvia Villarreal, who urged the council to vote no. “And I say shame on them for comparing this to civil rights.”
But after all the lies and gnashing of teeth from opponents were said and done San Antonio, Texas will now join nearly 180 other U.S. cities that have nondiscrimination ordinances that prohibit bias based on sexual orientation or gender identity
San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan who was secretly taped by her aide James Stevens, making hateful and disparaging remarks against LGBT individuals in Chan’s city hall office during a discuss with her staff the city’s upcoming nondiscrimination ordinance vote.
Chan is defending her bigotry by hiding behind the First Amendment:
“The comments from the staff meeting on May 21st were and are my personal opinions and thoughts as guaranteed to me by the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is unfortunate that a former member of my D9 Council team betrayed the trust of my staff members and me. I will fight, I will always fight for our freedom of speech, especially in a private setting.” – Councilwoman Elisa Chan
In the recording, the Chan discusses with her staff how the legalization of same-sex marriage could lead to the legalization of incest or bestiality, Chan can be heard calling homosexuality and other “non-traditional”preferences “disgusting to even think about.” She also says being gay is a “behavioral preference” and that same-sex couples should be “banned” from adoption.
“I don’t think homosexual people should do adoption,” she says on the audio. “They should be banned by adoption. You’re gonna confuse those kids. They should be banned. If you wanted to choose that lifestyle, we don’t want to discriminate you, but it shouldn’t affect the young people. How terrible that we actually allow them to adopt?”
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro (D-Texas) has spoken out against Chan’s remarks.
“Councilwoman Chan’s remarks were hurtful and ignorant, “[No one should] believe for one second that they represent the views of San Antonians. Ours is a city that welcomes everyone and appreciates diversity.”
You can listen to the audio from the meeting below: