A Texas city councilwoman was secretly recorded by an aide as she and her staff discussed homosexuality before coming up with strategies to oppose a local anti-discrimination ordinance.
Homosexuality is “so disgusting!” San Antonio District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan told her staff. Chan also said she believes homosexuality is a choice, that gay people “take hormone shots,” and that gay people should be “banned” from adopting or raising children.
Editor’s note: As noted in this story, in May, Councilwoman Chan was discussing a proposed San Antonio, Texas anti-discrimination ordinance. Wednesday, the City Council held a hearing on that very proposal. And this happened:
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Local news columnist Brian Chasnoff at Hearst’s San Antonio Express-News, offering excellent analysis, reported the story:
“By the way, this is politically incorrect,” she tells her aides. “I don’t think homosexual people should do adoption. They should be banned by adoption. You’re going to confuse those kids. They should be banned.
“If you wanted to choose that lifestyle, we don’t want to discriminate you, but you shouldn’t affect the young people,” she continues. “How terrible. … They’re going to be confused. You see two men go into a bedroom. You see two women kissing. Is that not confusing? It’s confusing.
“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,” she says. “I never bought in that you are born, that you are born gay. I can’t imagine it.”
“When I say that it’s … behavioral preference, they say that, ‘No, you’re born with it.’ But I never bought into that.”
“I think it’s just disgusting just to even think about. All the definitions. …”
But what is even more disgusting than Chan’s personal beliefs are the lies about her positions she says she is willing to tell to cover them up.
In strategizing on how to oppose the anti-discrimination ordinance, Chan decided to have her staff draft an op-ed to appear in a local paper.
“Can you guys come up with a draft?” she asks her aides. “Come up with draft with all the good, those arguments we talk as a speaking point, in terms of we’re addressing an issue that is not an issue. This is national politics again at the council level.
Chan tells her staff what lies to toss into her op-ed to explain her opposition, as if they were from a standard list of options on an anti-gay checklist:
“This is another layer of bureaucracy, that we have not heard any discrimination,” she continues. “And then add in the family value in there. … Maybe I’ll use the industries, that we have a trend, that is, maybe I’ll use we have water rates and CPS rates to worry about.”
And this shocking comment from Chan about the proposed op-ed:
“Maybe what we can do, can we maybe throw some questionable confusions like, OK, this ‘transgender,’ because the definition is so broad…”
Chan and her staff strategize about how to wiggle out of the backlash from her anti-LGBT positions if they’re taken as too extreme. Chan says:
“Maybe I say I was not educated on what transgender is about.”
She adds she could say she looked it up in Wikipedia.
Chasnoff adds to his report that the secret recording was made in May by an aide, James Stevens, who quit this week.
“My decision to record in the first place was that, during the staff meetings, we weren’t really discussing the ordinance itself,” Stevens told me. “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 “is only focused on her political future,” he continued. “She’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.”
Reached at City Hall on Thursday, Chan wouldn’t confirm a rumor that she plans to run for mayor in 2015.
Elisa Chan for mayor of San Antonio, Texas?
Remember that name.
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