San Antonio councilwoman responds to criticism over anti-gay remarks

San Antonio councilwoman responds to criticism over anti-gay remarks

San Antonio councilwoman responds to criticism over anti-gay remarks

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by Jeff Anastasio / KENS 5

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Posted on August 19, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 19 at 10:45 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- After a firestorm erupted Friday over her anti-gay remarks, District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan on Monday issued her first public statement about controversial comments she made during a staff meeting earlier this year.

Chan's remarks were recorded during a closed meeting regarding San Antonio's nondiscrimination ordinance.

"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."

Chan's response comes after secretly recorded audio surfaced in a report in the San Antonio Express-News in which Chan can be heard calling homosexuals "disgusting" and saying that gays should not be allowed to adopt children. 

Chan could also be heard saying: "They're going to be confused.  You're going to see two men going into bedroom.  You see two women kissing.  Is that not confusing?"

Click to hear an audio excerpt from the meeting.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro condemned the councilwoman's remarks.

"Councilwoman Chan's comments were hurtful and misinformed and they don't reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of San Antonians," Castro said. "San Antonio is a city where everybody belongs. We're a city that treats folks with respect and appreciates our diversity."

Chan revealed she plans to hold a press conference on the issue later this week. 

 

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