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San Antonio Councilwoman Calls Gays 'Disgusting'

San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan is under pressure to resign - this after she was recorded making many anti-gay comments in which she called gays and lesbians "disgusting."

A former aide, James Stevens, secretly recorded audio from a meeting with city officials in which they discussed a possible update to the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to protect sexual orientation and gender identity. Chan is rumored to be contender for the mayorship in 2015.

The recording was made available to the San Antonio Express-News, which has included some of the more offensive soundbites in an article published earlier this week. A full transcript is here. Listen to the audio, AFTER THE JUMP.

“This is my philosophy, guys,” she says. “Whatever you want to do in your bedroom is none of my business, but do not impose your view on other people, especially becoming policy ... because personally, I think it's just disgusting just to even think about.

Chan reveals that she does not support adoption by gays and lesbians:

“By the way, this is politically incorrect,” she tells her aides. “I don't think homosexual people should do adoption. They should be banned by adoption. You're going to confuse those kids. They should be banned.

“If you wanted to choose that lifestyle, we don't want to discriminate you, but you shouldn't affect the young people,” she continues...It's confusing...I'm telling you, anything that is against nature is not right.”

She also claims that being gay is a choice:

“You know, to be quite honest, I know this is not politically correct,” she says. “I never bought in that you are born, that you are born gay. I can't imagine it.”

RallyStevens explained why he chose to record the meeting: "We spent 80 percent of that meeting talking about how disgusting homosexuality is...My decision to record in the first place was that, during the staff meetings, we weren't really discussing the ordinance itself."

Yesterday, demonstrators took to San Antonio city hall to speak out about Chan's comments.

Many LGBT groups and San Antonio officials have called for Chan to resign, including Mayor Julián Castro who said "it was also astounding how misinformed and downright ignorant a lot of that conversation was."

The mayor added: “Some folks have wondered whether an update to the ordinance is necessary. This is a strong example of why it is necessary.”

Chan has declined to comment.

Listen to audio from the meeting, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Put that ugly bigot on a slow boat back to China. She will enjoy China's Government commitment to civil liberties. Same as hers.

    Posted by: Mike in nyc | Aug 17, 2013 9:46:42 AM

  2. Hmmm.... Wonder what CHURCH she goes to.

    Posted by: Dean | Aug 17, 2013 9:47:25 AM

  3. Damn, how hateful can someone be? She's definitely part of the big seed of evil in this world. Come to think of it, she's probably a self-loathing lesbian who will probably get caught in some lesbian scandal sometime soon.

    Posted by: Nat | Aug 17, 2013 9:47:51 AM

  4. Wow. Just wow. The good news is, we have reached a point where even in Texas, the pressure for her to resign will grow and her career, except as a water carrier for the far religious right, is over.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Aug 17, 2013 9:52:51 AM

  5. I'd bet $10k that this woman has never had an orgasm, or any positive sexual experience.

    Posted by: Chris | Aug 17, 2013 9:53:03 AM

  6. Welcome to the great state of Texas.

    Posted by: Ben Nevis | Aug 17, 2013 9:55:20 AM

  7. WTF?!!?

    Posted by: Alfonso | Aug 17, 2013 9:58:29 AM

  8. Get her out. Period.

    No excuses. NO apology bull. This is some disturbing, disturbing stuff.

    Posted by: Gino Tee | Aug 17, 2013 9:59:08 AM

  9. Hey LGBT,

    How about instead of pouring out vodka from other countries, we ya know, put pressure against city leaders that think we're cesspool in our own country!


    Posted by: Concord | Aug 17, 2013 9:59:56 AM

  10. What are national LGBT groups & coalitions doing about this? I would hope these kinds of stories, as opposed to celebrity functions, is what they would take the lead on in reacting to............

    Posted by: Scott Landry | Aug 17, 2013 10:00:44 AM

  11. What are national LGBT groups & coalitions doing about this? I would hope these kinds of stories, as opposed to celebrity functions, is what they would take the lead on in reacting to............

    Posted by: Scott Landry | Aug 17, 2013 10:00:44 AM

  12. Horrible commentary. Just awful and ugly. This is beyond ignorance, her comments reveal unfiltered hate.

    Posted by: Klien | Aug 17, 2013 10:01:09 AM

  13. Her comments truly turned my stomach. I couldn't even believe they are real. Is there enough resources for LGBT in Texas to voice their concerns about her and oust her?
    If not, can national LGBT groups step in?

    Posted by: C.J | Aug 17, 2013 10:02:33 AM

  14. And she's close to being the mayor of one of the largest cities in our nation.

    This is a huge, huge problem.

    Posted by: Veejay | Aug 17, 2013 10:02:59 AM


    Posted by: Reality | Aug 17, 2013 10:03:56 AM

  16. It's great we're so engaged in things happening in Russia, but can we also use just a bit of that energy to fight this kind of excessively nasty, bigoted, hateful homophobia right in our own backyard?

    Posted by: Junior | Aug 17, 2013 10:04:02 AM

  17. Protest every single day outside city hall until she is gone. Every single day.

    Posted by: Lee | Aug 17, 2013 10:05:20 AM

  18. Geezus. Even some republicans in conservative areas are not opposed to gay adoptions, realizing gays and lesbian loving families adopt children from the foster care system and give them loving homes.

    Posted by: hughes | Aug 17, 2013 10:06:57 AM

  19. I want to see Mayor Castro take the lead in encouraging this woman's exit. He's proven to be a strong leader in the democratic party and seeing how hisname is thrown around toward vice president potential; this is a great platform to show his leadership.

    Posted by: Fiat | Aug 17, 2013 10:08:17 AM

  20. San Antonio? and I always thought that was one of the more progressive areas in the state.

    If she stays, LGBT are not going to be well represented, and beyond that, it sends a very demoralizing message to our LGBT youth.

    Posted by: George | Aug 17, 2013 10:09:12 AM

  21. Woah. That is some hateful sh-t right there.

    Can we spread the love by protesting LGBT prejudice that takes place here as well?

    Posted by: Real Talk | Aug 17, 2013 10:10:51 AM

  22. We need to not get accustomed and accepting of militant hatred for our community. We need to vocally and visibly challenge such bigotry, and in this case, hate. What often happens in a sea of hatred is you become numb to it, which leads to complacency.
    This is not okay. Not in 2013. Not ever. Not toward any demographic. She has to step down. And unless consistent pressure is put on the city- she won't.

    Posted by: TreesLightBlazer | Aug 17, 2013 10:13:24 AM

  23. The San Antonio I know will not stand for this. We're far more like Austin than Laredo. This is inexcusable coming from our elected officials.

    Posted by: TX Steve | Aug 17, 2013 10:14:18 AM

  24. Protest. Be galvanized. Organize peaceful marches. Contact local city leaders. Get your voices and faces heard. We pay too much taxes to deal with this crap still.

    Posted by: Javier | Aug 17, 2013 10:15:36 AM

  25. Gay/lesbian parents lead to confused children and should be outlawed? Who does this woman think she is? This is revolting.

    Posted by: Michelle | Aug 17, 2013 10:17:21 AM

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