Eric Alva, a gay veteran who was the first Marine seriously injured the Iraq War, was repeatedly booed by anti-LGBT protestors as he spoke in favor of changes to San Antonio’s anti-discrimination policies that would add protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status.
A crowd led by several pastors rallied in front of City Hall before moving to the City Council chambers, where over 200 people had signed up to speak for and against the proposed changes. At the rally, Pastor Charles Flowers beseeched the Council to “vote ‘no’ to this ordinance, and ‘yes’ to the reign of the kingdom of God.”
Another opponent, Richard Morales, called the fines for those who violate the ordinance “an infringement on our freedom of speech, our freedom of religion.”
When Alva, a San Antonio native who lost his right leg when he stepped on a landmine, attempted to address the Council, anti-gay protesters shouted him down. Before he left the podium, Alva directly addressed the protestors: “To all you people that preach the word of God, shame on you because God loves me, like the day I laid bleeding on the sands of Iraq and that’s why he saved me.”
He later wrote on Facebook:
“Well I just left city council chambers and I feel like crying. I have never seen a city so divided and hateful towards each other. All of mankind should be ashamed. I already spoke and even some of the religious groups even booed me as I spoke. Such disrespect as they preach the word of God.”
The Council is expected to vote on the ordinance on September 5.
[Image via Eric Alva on Facebook]
[Edited on 8/17/13 to correct omission of the word "leg."]
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Attorney General Eric Holder speaks at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg holds a news conference to address a federal judge’s ruling that the city’s stop and frisk policy is unconstitutional.
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Hispanic Republican strategist Ana Navarro blasted Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Sunday and suggested that he might want to “get some therapy for his melon fixation” after the congressman said that many undocumented immigrants had “calves the size of cantaloupes” because they were drug runners.
During a panel segment on Meet the Press, NBC’s David Gregory told King that his assertion that many immigrations had “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’ve been hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert” had been debunked.
“My numbers have not been debunked,” King insisted. “My characterization was exclusively to drug smugglers, and anybody that understands the language and the culture should be able to watch that tape and know that.”
“I think that Congressman King should go get himself some therapy for his melon fixation,” Navarro replied. “I think there might be medication for that. I think he’s a mediocre congressman with no legislative record and the only time he makes national press is when he comes out and says something offensive about the undocumented or Hispanics.”
“I spoke only of drug smugglers, and if Ana understands the language she should know that,” King shot back. “I didn’t insult her, I didn’t insult other Republicans and I didn’t violate the 11th Commandment, that Reagan gave to us.”
“I’m not undocumented, Congressman, I vote,” Navarro interrupted.
“We need to secure the border first, restore the rule of law, then we can have this discussion that you want to get to,” King remarked. “And not be insulting people in the process.”
“You’re going to talk to me about insulting people, Congressman?” Navarro asked.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama will unveil new measures on Friday to increase transparency and build public trust in controversial government surveillance programs, a senior administration official said on Friday.
Obama is scheduled to give a press conference at 3:00 p.m. eastern time (1900 GMT) from the White House.
(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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President Obama speaks about housing and the economy in Phoenix, Arizona.
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