San Antonio Ordinance Would Ban Critics of Homosexual Lifestyle from Working for City
By Jerry A. Kane
An ordinance drafted by the San Antonio City Council would ban anyone who has spoken out against the homosexual/transgender lifestyle from serving on a city council, a city board, or working on a city project.
“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.”—Sec. 2-552. (b)
The council’s draft ordinance, which would revise and update the Texas city’s anti-discrimination policy, would also ban contractors and subcontractors from working on municipal projects if they “demonstrated bias against a member of a protected class,” which would include homosexuals and he/shes.
According to Reverend Charles Flowers, the council’s ordinance to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected categories does not explain “what a bias is or who will determine whether or not one has been exercised.”
Flowers has asked the Alliance Defending Freedom, an Arizona-based legal firm, to look over the council’s proposed ordinance. “They said they’ve never seen this kind of language in any other ordinance in any other city that they’ve dealt with,” Flowers added.
Flowers says it’s up to the citizens of San Antonio to stop the ordinance, but he is hoping that Americans nationwide will phone the council members and politely voice their opposition.
The City of San Antonio Mayor & City Council Office homepage is here, and their office phone number is 210-207-7040. The names and phone numbers of the San Antonio City Council are:
District 1, Diego M. Bernal, 210-207-7279;
District 2, Ivy R. Taylor, 210-207-7278;
District 3, Rebecca J. Viagran, 210-207-7064;
District 4, Rey Saldana, 210-207-7281;
District 5, Shirley Gonzales, 210-207-7043;
District 6, Ray Lopez, 210-207-7065;
District 7, Cris Medina, 210-207-7044;
District 8, Ron Nirenberg, 210-207-7086;
District 9, Elisa Chan, 210-207-7325; and
District 10, Carlton Soules, 210-207-7276.
“Remember Sodom and Gomorrah, and the nearby towns, whose people acted as those angels did and indulged in sexual immorality and perversion: they suffer the punishment of eternal fire as a plain warning to all.”—Jude 1:7 (GNT)
For more on the story, see “‘Unprecedented’ language targets those with traditional values” and “Unprecedented ordinance bans Christians from serving on city council.”