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Controversial Council Issue on Gays

SAN ANTONIO - By Randy Escamilla

San Antonio's proposed non-discrimination ordinance that would prevent discrimination against gays and lesbians remains controversial. District One Councilman Diego Bernal, who introduced the ordinance, says it's a vocal minority with a hatred toward gays leading the opposition.

"What has surprised me is the lengths to which peiople have gone to say something that's not true. To say that we're persecuting Christians? I'm a Christian. I go to church regularly. I have an awesome pastor. He's amazing," said Bernal.

Bernal says he introduced the measure because he sees San Antonio as a tolerant world-class city where people help the vulnerable.

"Loving thy neighbor or caring for one another. That's not a Republican or a Democrat thing, or a liberal sort of thing. It's about treating people fairly."

District 10 Councilman Carlton Spears opposes the measure and says while there are some bad people in the world he has not seen evidence of discrimination of gays and lesbians in San Antonio.

The Council is expected to vote on this issue September 5.

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