Town Council To Ban Christians From Membership On Town Council In Texas
Churches across San Antonio (Texas) are expressing outrage over a proposed anti-discrimination law that would protect LGBT workers but would not provide a religious exemption and would effectively prohibit anyone who opposes homosexuality from holding public office or getting a city contract.
The proposed change would add "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the city's discrimination ordinance. It would protect gays, lesbians, transgender, and veterans - a move that had critics accusing the council of playing politics with the military.
"No person shall be appointed to a position if the city council finds that such person has, prior to such proposed appointment, engaged in discrimination or demonstrated a bias, by word or deed, against any person, group or organization on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, age or disability," the ordinance reads.
Critics argue that the ordinance could ban Christians who believe homosexuality is a sin from serving on the city council.