Published On: Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013

City of San Antonio measure to require support of gay marriage to hold office, receive grant money or get a city contract

Groups of Christians in the Texas city of San Antonio are unifying to oppose a measure meant to protect gays from discrimination because they believe the measure discriminates against them.

Opponents of the change to San Antonio’s discrimination ordinance say it could prevent anyone who opposes homosexuality from holding public office or getting a city contract.

"Lesbian" wedding mock-cake at the Roma Gay Pride in 2008. Picture by Stefano Bolognini via wikimedia commons.

“Lesbian” wedding mock-cake at the Roma Gay Pride in 2008. Picture by Stefano Bolognini via wikimedia commons.

Anyone who may have “demonstrated a bias” based on sexual orientation cannot work with the city or run for city office.

“No person shall be appointed to a position if the city council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability, ” says the changed law.

The change adds the terms “sexual orientation” and “gender identity.”

“This is not against the homosexual community. It is not that at all,” said Robert Wilson, a local attorney representing the group of 100 mostly small and independent churches called the Gathering of Pastors and Leaders, to the Express News.

“But what we’re concerned about is how this affects those with different religious views on this issue. And there’s nothing in this statute to protect them.”

“A religious view: either you have one or you don’t, it is still a religious view. And if I don’t attain to their view, then I’m out of the picture completely.”

San Antonio council representative Diego Bernard and Mayor Julian Castro are advocating the measure.

The measure will be considered by San Antonio legislators during August.


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