Texas Lawmaker Blasted Over Alleged Anti-Gay Comments
A Texas councilwoman has come under fire this week after a former aide leaked an alleged recording of the politician spewing anti-gay remarks, the San Antonio Express-News.
James Stevens, a 28-year-old aide to San Antonio, Texas, District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, released the audio to the Express this week. The recording was allegedly made on May 21 during a meeting in Chan’s city hall office to discuss an upcoming nondiscrimination ordinance. The recording, however, apparently finds Chan making anti-gay comments, especially regarding same-sex adoption.
According to the publication’s Brain Chasnoff, Chan’s group can be heard linking same-sex marriage to the legalization of incest and bestiality. Chan also allegedly says that homosexuality and other "non-traditional" preferences are "disgusting to even think about." She adds that being gay is a "behavior preference" and that same-sex couple should be "banned" from adopting.
"I don’t think homosexual people should do adoption," Chan says. "They should be banned by adoption. You’re gonna confuse those kids. They should be banned. If you wanted to choose that lifestyle, we don’t want to discriminate you, but it shouldn’t affect the young people. How terrible that we actually allow them to adopt?"
The ordinance the group is debating would prohibit discrimination based on veteran status, sexual orientation and gender identity for city jobs or jobs contracted with the San Antonio.
"My decision to record in the first place was that, during the staff meetings, we weren’t really discussing the ordinance itself," Stevens told Chasnoff. "We were really just talking about ways to appeal to the (voting) base and to get them fired up as opposed to analyzing the ordinance ... [Chan’s] not focused on the policy itself and how it’s going to really affect the city. We spent 80 percent of that meeting talking about how disgusting homosexuality is."
Chan allegedly went on to say, "It is actually, what you call, suggestive, for the kids to be corrupt, which is against nature. I’m telling you, anything that is against nature is not right. You know, to be quite honest, I know this is not politically correct. I never bought in that you are born, that you are born gay. I can’t imagine it.