Christians in San Antonio believe it's a certainty they will face discrimination because of a new city council ordinance.
By an 8-3 vote Thursday afternoon, the San Antonio City Council approved a controversial anti-discrimination ordinance which not only protects homosexuals but provides special rights for transgendered people. In addition, business owners who take a faith-based stance against the lifestyles will be barred from doing business with the city. (See city council voting results to the right)
In live coverage on local KENS TV, council member Ivy Taylor, who is a Christian, suggested Christians have a right to stand on their values.
“I have sacrificed a lot to serve in this role on city council, but I will not sacrifice my core values and beliefs for political gain or to be in alignment with a particular platform,” she stated. “And if that was the expectation for me as a black woman, [you’ve] got the wrong sister in this seat.”
Councilwoman Elisa Chan, also a Christian, expressed concern over national homosexual activists singling out San Antonio. “I'm disappointed that the power of political correctness has prevailed over the freedom of speech, but most of all I am disappointed that the harmony of the great people of San Antonio has been disrupted,” she remarked.
Both stressed that Christian faith does not equate to discrimination.
Jonathan Saenz, president of Austin-based Texas Values, released the following statement following the vote:
“Today a majority of the San Antonio City Council voted to approve a radical ordinance that a majority of the people of San Antonio oppose, even adding new language at the last minute. This ordinance will be used as a weapon against people of faith and family values just as other laws have been used in other states. The ordinance lacks transparency, lacks evidence of a real need, and is plagued with major constitutional concerns. The question now is when will the first legal challenge begin and what will the cost be to taxpayers at the end of the litigation that will certainly come.”
U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) opposed the ordinance, as did Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot, who has predicted a lawsuit over religious freedom.