Religious right prays against LGBT inclusion into San Antonio anti-discrimination ordinance
In San Antonio, a fight is underway over a piece of legislation that would update the city’s anti-discrimination ordinance to include protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.
The San Antonio Express News reports that a “majority of council members have already declared their support for the measure,” almost ensuring that the ordinance will pass.
It is great to see that more and more local governments are responding to change in a positive way and moving with the times, even when their own state governments refuse to.
Texas is just one of 29 states, mostly in the South and Midwest, where it is still legal to fire someone for being gay, while in 34 states it is legal to fire someone for being transgendered.
At city hall, supporters and opponents of the update showed up in force. Apparently everyone decided to be color coated to know who is who. Those who were in support wore red and opponents wore blue. San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, a rising star in the Democratic Party, was spotted wearing a pink shirt.
Those who opposed the ordinance update, most of whom were black and Hispanic clergy and their congregants, held a prayer group on the steps of city hall and prayed against the protection of another minorities rights while holding small, white signs that read “Vote No.”
KENS reported that one of the clergy in attendance was Associate Pastor Tyrone Lee Christian of My Friends House Christian Fellowship, who said, “[Those of the gay and lesbian agenda] have constantly been trying to attach themselves as a civil rights movement but it’s not a civil rights movement. It’s a movement of choice.”
Fifty years after Martin Luther King Jr. gave his “I Have a Dream” speech to hundreds-of-thousands at the National Mall in Washington D.C., hundreds of blacks and Hispanics were in San Antonio fighting against the very ideals that he stood, fought, and died for.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who recently announced his plans to run for Texas governor, came out against the ordinance, saying that it would infringe upon the religious rights of others.
Posted on August 28, 2013, in LGBT, Politics, Religion/Atheism and tagged anti-discrimination, blacks, civil rights, discrimination, gay, greg abbott, hispanics, i have a dream, julian castro, lgbt, martin luther king jr, nondiscrimination, ordinance, religious freedom, rights, san antonio, san antonio express news, texas, transgendererd. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.