Pressure Mounts Calling for San Antonio Councilwoman’s Resignation
August 22, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
Outrage over San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan’s vitriolic anti-LGBT rant continues to build, with the San Antonio Express-News now calling for Chan’s resignation.
Last week, the San Antonio Express-News broke the story with a secretly recorded audio clip of the councilwoman and city staff discussing a proposal to add sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status to the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance.
In an editorial published yesterday, the Express-News wrote:
“She clearly does not grasp the impact of her words, or that some of her constituents are the very people she has derided.
So, too, is her lack of honesty. As the recording makes clear enough, she sought to conceal her views under the cloak of “family values” and government intrusion. Really, though, the reason for her opposition was disgust.
While Chan once had greater political aspirations, and perhaps still does, we don't see how she can continue representing this city.”
The debate over the additions to the city’s existing nondiscrimination ordinance has been contentious. On August 14, about 300 people attended a prayer vigil led by local pastors outside the City Council chambers in protest of the additions, according to the San Antonio Express-News. And over 200 individuals signed up to testify both in support and against the bill.
During his testimony, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and openly gay man Eric Alva was booed by anti-LGBT protestors.
HRC has been on the ground since January assisting the local coalition Community Alliance for a United San Antonio (CAUSA) in urging the city council to pass an ordinance prohibiting discrimination against LGBT people in employment, housing and public accommodations.
The Council is expected to vote on the additions on September 5. San Antonio residents can contact urge their city councilors to vote for the non-discrimination ordinance by taking action now.
And listen to the audio below.
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