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 Juli√°n 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.

Abbott apparently doesn’t know the meaning of religious freedom. This doesn’t surprise me knowing¬†the stances he’s taken on many issues involving the separation of church and state.

About Daniel Moran

Daniel Moran is an openly atheist candidate for the Texas legislature. Currently earning his degree in Political Science at the University of North Texas, he plans to continue his education in law school. Daniel is also on the UNT Moot Court Team and Vice-President of the UNT Secular Student Alliance.

Posted on August 28, 2013, in LGBT, Politics, Religion/Atheism and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. *color-coded

  2. As always, thanks for the links. This is the kind of theocracy that makes me angry. People shouldn’t be allowed to make anti-gay remarks on the job at all. Religious expression which creates an atmosphere of hostility towards any other person is NOT protected speech. You can’t go around spouting off about whatever you please whenever you please. The First Amendment does not allow for discrimination. I’m glad this legislation has been proposed, and I hope it passes.

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