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San Antonio Councilwoman Says Anti-gay Comments Were 'Taken Out of Context', Won't Apologize: VIDEO

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At a press conference earlier today, San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan defended her right to free speech following the firestorm over her recorded comments calling gays and lesbians "disgusting" and unfit to be parents.

Said Chan:

"I know that many people find the comments made in the meeting offensive. But again, it was a confidential meeting said in the privacy of my office where none of us are supposed to worry about what we say."

Chan went on to claim that many of her comments have been taken out of context, including her use of the word "disgusting," which she asserted was in reference to pedophilia and sex with animals (the audio transcript says otherwise however). Chan then concluded her speech by extending a half-assed olive branch to the gay community before jumping back on her 'freedom of speech' talking points:

"My belief system is mine, and it does not mean I would like to impose those beliefs onto anyone else. Even though the LGBT community and I don't share the same views, I respect and support their personal freedom and right to their lifestyle. I will, however, not change my own views for political gain or survival (applause)."

Regardless, Chan seems densely unaware of the fact that the public's outrage revolves around what she said, not whether or not she has a right to say it.

Watch a news report of the press conference, AFTER THE JUMP...

If the video does not play properly, you can find it here.

 

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  1. Chòubī.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Aug 20, 2013 8:07:04 PM


  2. Chòubī.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Aug 20, 2013 8:08:11 PM


  3. >"it does not mean I would like to impose those beliefs onto anyone else"

    BS! Imposing her beliefs on people was the whole point of that meeting.

    Posted by: Steve | Aug 20, 2013 8:11:03 PM


  4. It's just like the Don Cathy/Chik-fil-a thing. The "right" is trying to turn it into a freedom of speech issue when it's not at all about that. Frankly I love it when the bigots freely express their bigotry, it's the easiest way to find them out.

    Posted by: Craig | Aug 20, 2013 8:15:05 PM


  5. If they are her private personal opinions, why did she express them in a meeting in her capacity as a councilwoman? It is not her own home. Especially the meeting was about something related to her "opinions".

    Posted by: simon | Aug 20, 2013 8:15:21 PM


  6. Your beliefs are yours. Their beliefs of not wanting you in office are theirs. No need to hold a press conference Echan.

    Posted by: AndyTowlette | Aug 20, 2013 8:16:34 PM


  7. Christianist bigot.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Aug 20, 2013 8:18:11 PM


  8. She just needs to resign. Now.
    Failing that, surely she's never be reelected.
    Absolutely unbelievable.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 20, 2013 8:18:59 PM


  9. Throw her pathetic ass out - and no apology.

    Posted by: David From Canada | Aug 20, 2013 8:22:13 PM


  10. She's right not to apologize because she meant what she said. And she's lying about not imposing her beliefs upon the LGBT community, unless she supports measures to give her LGBT constituents the same rights she has. Follow-up question: Doesn't your belief that it's ok to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation conflict with the belief in personal freedom for gay people? And: Is it acceptable to say that you're part of the Asian lifestyle?

    Posted by: Ernie | Aug 20, 2013 8:24:21 PM


  11. She's a councilwoman. The lowest elected office one can hold. As a public official, everything she does is on record and owned by the government. Her privacy rights don't apply at her job. And the employee she fired can sue her for wrongful termination.

    Posted by: Kev C | Aug 20, 2013 8:31:34 PM


  12. For a while we were joking here in San Antonio that we hope she doesn't have a gay hairdresser. Then ... well, you be the judge after looking at that hairdo.

    Posted by: RBearSAT | Aug 20, 2013 8:40:36 PM


  13. San Antonio, San Antonio ... Gee, can the LGBT community there recruit war hero and San Antonio resident, Eric Alva, to run against her in the next election? I would gladly donate to his campaign to unseat her even though I'm in California.

    Posted by: Fox | Aug 20, 2013 8:43:34 PM


  14. Even if she made me sick just looking at her and her ugly clothes and her cheap jewelry and poor taste and disgusting outlook on life, I would not make it my public policy.

    Posted by: trees | Aug 20, 2013 8:44:46 PM


  15. this is texas, would any glbt citizen expect any less of a texas republican? please schedule multiple news conferences to repeat your beliefs over and over, and express how you don't follow your beliefs. let's see how long anyone is convinced.

    this is not a news story, this is a reminder.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 20, 2013 8:54:39 PM


  16. She can share its "value system", among family and friends, not at work where she's a councilwoman and can influence others to modify the law in perjury of the LGBT community, I hope someone can dig more about this issue

    Posted by: MArk | Aug 20, 2013 9:06:13 PM


  17. "Genghis" Chan isn't fooling anyone. But I suspect she may represent the cream of the top of Texas Republicans. Could her endorsement of Russia's anti-gay propaganda bill be on the horizon? Keep an eye on this one.

    Posted by: Joe | Aug 20, 2013 9:13:21 PM


  18. This woman holds political office serving the people. Anything she says while being paid tax payer money is accountable. She should be fired. Case closed

    Posted by: Will | Aug 20, 2013 9:16:14 PM


  19. The fact that she thinks the 1st Amendment has anything to do with what she said just shows that she shouldn't be in office anyway. Freedom of speech and religion means that the GOVERNMENT can't prosecute/persecute you. It doesn't mean that you're cut off from all criticism. Right wingers love to talk about the constitution, but somehow they never actually understand what it means. If someone tries to throw her in jail for her comments, then get back to me. Until then, she should maybe read up on American law before making stupid ass comments.

    Posted by: Tony | Aug 20, 2013 9:20:58 PM


  20. "...the privacy of my office where none of us are supposed to worry about what we say."

    Yes, because keeping moral boundaries up is sooo hard to do; it's really easy if you practice. "come into my office where we can be the proper little sociopaths and not worry what the world will think of us".

    She's really bad at communicating her ideas--just one small talent that distinguishes an excellent employee from a biogted horrible one. Sorry, but I work for a municipality and what you say or write is not private. You're working on the public's dime and it all belongs to them.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Aug 20, 2013 9:22:37 PM


  21. Hmmm. She/he looks Asian -- just wondering if there has been any discrimination in her/his life. I'm guessing yes unfortunately. I'd think she/he knows what an awful feeling it is. A simple minded ignorant republican most likely.

    Posted by: Bee Bop | Aug 20, 2013 9:24:09 PM


  22. "...it was a confidential meeting said in the privacy of my office where none of us are supposed to worry about what we say."

    She just keeps putting her foot in her mouth. Is it possible to get dumber than dumb?

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Aug 20, 2013 9:25:24 PM


  23. Just another FOUL BIGOT .... There is no amount of praying to your god to make you sleep better tonight or any night .... Another politician ruling with hate! You ARE a disgusting human being.

    Posted by: Alan | Aug 20, 2013 9:34:43 PM


  24. Who is clapping during the press conference and gives her a standing ovation at the end?

    Obviously it's people supportive of her but was it her staff? Was the press conference open to the public?

    Posted by: Bob Hope | Aug 20, 2013 9:35:50 PM


  25. What's chilling is that this woman has all the non-democratic, autocratic vibes of Chinese leaders --dowager empresses as well as arrogant communist elitists.

    Very scary woman.

    Posted by: Dan Cobb | Aug 20, 2013 9:49:42 PM


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