Secret Recording Exposes Texas Politician’s Anti-Gay Views
A San Antonio councilwoman is at the center of the controversy after one of her aides recorded a meeting in which the politician blasted gays — when she was supposed to be discussing legislation granting the LGBT community protections.
James Stevens, a 28-year-old aide to District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, released audio of an alleged conversation taking place at a May 21 meeting in Chan’s city hall office to the San Antonio Express-News.
During the conversation, Chan can purportedly be heard calling homosexuality and other “non-traditional” preferences “disgusting to even think about.” She also said that being gay is a “behavioral preference” and that gay couples should be “banned” from adoption.
“My decision to record in the first place was that, during the staff meetings, we weren’t really discussing the ordinance itself,” Stevens told the Express-News. “ We spent 80 percent of that meeting talking about how disgusting homosexuality is.”
Chan’s office told Huffington Post they have no official comment on the “alleged recording.”
The vote on an anti-discrimination ordinance that would prevent discrimination based on veteran status, sexual orientation, and gender identity for city positions or jobs contracted with the city wil take place on Sept. 5.