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San Antonio LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law Draws Hundreds To 'Pray' In Protest (VIDEO)

Aug 29, 2013 | Updated Feb 02, 2016

The City Council of San Antonio, Texas, is currently in the process of considering whether or not to offer nondiscrimination protection for individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity within already existing legislation.

In response, hundreds of protestors attended an open meeting to voice their discontent and pray for the city council to not pass the legislation.

"While we love the people involved, we cannot allow their agenda to stain the fabric, the tapestry, of the civil rights movement,” said the Rev. Charles Flowers, a pastor attending the protest on Wednesday. Hundreds of predominately religious protestors joined the pastor and echoed his sentiments.

Councilwoman Elisa Chan reportedly received a standing ovation from members of the crowd during the meeting, and claimed that parts of the nondiscrimination legislation were "confusing."

Chan came under fire last week after a confidential staff meeting recording leaked in which the councilwoman called gays "disgusting" and made other homophobic and transphobic comments.

Chan refused to apologize for the incident, citing free speech.

Anti-gay pundits of the bill are making their voices heard and have garnered support from the likes of WNBA star Sophia Young -- who seems confused, thinking that the nondiscrimination legislation would legalize same-sex marriage.

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte weighed in on the debate surrounding the city's nondiscrimination legislation, citing her support for the policy. "The Department of Defense has made it perfectly clear that the Department of Defense will recognize not only our gay and lesbian soldiers, marines and navy seals, but will give them full partner benefits," she said. "And if San Antonio is 'Military City' then we need to follow the direction of the Department of Defense. Why wouldn’t we want them to continue to stay in San Antonio as they have."

City officials are expected to vote on the ordinance on Thursday, Sept. 5

Photo courtesy of Rey Saldana

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