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Anti-Gay San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan Resigns, Announces Bid For State Senate

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Elisa Chan, the San Antonio Councilwoman who made headlines back in August for her recorded anti-gay comments in which she called gays 'disgusting' and unfit to be parents, submitted her letter of resignation Monday in order to seek higher office. The San Antonio Express-News reports:

Her last day as District 9 councilwoman is Oct. 18, said her campaign spokesman, Craig Murphy. State law requires that she resign from council in order to file as a state candidate, and the filing period for candidates is Nov. 9-Dec. 9.

Last month, Chan, 47, said she would challenge incumbent tea party Republican Donna Campbell to represent Senate District 25.

In a letter to Mayor Julián Castro and council members, Chan said she was proud of San Antonio and "what we have accomplished." She reflected on her five years on council, saying:

"I have done my best to represent the conservative values of these fine people. The people of this district take an active role in deciding policy, giving their input, volunteering their time and listening to the views of their neighbors," she wrote.

 Gay neighbors excluded of course. 


Texas AG Greg Abbott: San Antonio Ordinance Protecting Gays Would Curb Religious Expression

Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott spoke out on Monday against a proposed LGBT anti-discrimination bill in San Antonio. The measure  has been in the headlines recently because of City Councilwoman Elisa Chan's remarks on it, in which she called gays and lesbians "disgusting".

AbbottThe Dallas Morning News reports:

The ordinance mirrors language already adopted in five other large Texas cities, including Dallas. AG candidates Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman, Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas and Sen. Ken Paxton of Plano all have come out against the ordinance.

That chorus was joined by Abbott on Monday, who said it would impinge on religious freedoms. He also suggested it would run afoul of the Texas Constitution, which was amended in 2005 to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

“Religious expression is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and this ordinance is also contrary to the clearly expressed will of the Texas Legislature,” Abbott said.

“Although the proposal has been couched in terms of liberty and equality, it would have the effect of inhibiting the liberty of expression and equality of opportunity for San Antonians,” he said.

The San Antonio City Council is expected to vote on the ordinance on September 5.


Bryan Fischer Defends Elisa Chan, Says 90 Percent Of Americans Find Gay Sex 'Repulsive': VIDEO

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Just days ago, a recording was leaked in which San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan called gay people "disgusting". She has spent the last few days defending her remarks against the subsequent outrage rather than apologizing, and claiming the the homophobic remarks were simply "taken out of context". Now, noted and vocal homophobe Bryan Fischer is rushing to her aid, claiming that the views she expressed are shared by a vast majority of the American people. 

Elisa ChanOn his radio show yesterday, Fisher said that Chan should not apologize for her comments, since "these are things that anybody who is thinking rightly and clearly about homosexuality would believe.":

"I would guarantee you 90% of the American people, if they would stop and think about what actually happens in homosexual sexual behavior, they would find it disgusting...they would find it abhorrent. There's something revulsive about it, that's exactly what God thinks about it, that's why he calls it 'an abomination'." 

Of course, even if Fischer's statement has any base in fact, it is still hardly relevant. Even if a majority of the population doesn't find gay sexual activity to be appealing (which is, by definition, what would make them "straight" to begin with), it still does not justify discrimination against members of the LGBT community under the law. Furthermore, even if Chan's views are shared by other members of the American public does not mean she has the right to express them while executing public office. 

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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...

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San Antonio Councilwoman Defends Statement That Gays are 'Disgusting' - VIDEO

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San Antonio Councilwoman Elisa Chan has issued her first public statement since a staff meeting recording emerged of her calling gays and lesbians 'disgusting' and unfit to be parents. The comments were recorded during a closed meeting over a possible update to the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to protect sexual orientation and gender identity.

Says Chan:

"The comments from the staff meeting on May 21st were and are my personal opinions and thoughts as guaranteed to me by the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is unfortunate that a former member of my D9 Council team betrayed the trust of my staff members and me. I will fight, I will always fight for our freedom of speech, especially in a private setting."

Check out a news report of the story, AFTER THE JUMP...

While Chan's remarks have been condemned by Mayor Julian Castro and others, she has receieved backing from the San Antonio based Justice Foundation, a non-profit law firm that advocates for limited government and freedom of religious expression. Allan E. Parker, president of the Justice Foundation, defended Chan and warned that the proposed ordinance would criminalize those who express their opposition to homosexuality:

"I'm glad she's not resigning and I'm glad she's standing by her right to have her own opinion," said Parker. "That's the issue in this case. Will we be able to disagree in San Antonio or is one side going to be criminalized?"

One has to wonder if Chan and the Justice Foundation would still be the 'champions' of freedom of speech they claim to be if a fellow councilmember had directed animus towards Chan's ethnicity or gender...

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