2. Her comments were recorded during a closed meeting regarding San Antonio’s nondiscrimination ordinance:
“The comments from the staff meeting on May 21st were and are my personal opinions and thoughts as guaranteed to me by the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It is unfortunate that a former member of my D9 Council team betrayed the trust of my staff members and me. I will fight, I will always fight for our freedom of speech, especially in a private setting.”
3. On the recording, she called homosexuality “so disgusting,” said homosexuals are not born gay and they shouldn’t be allowed to adopt children.
6. Marine Eric Alva, the first American wounded in Iraq when he lost his leg after stepping on a mine, recently spoke in support of the ordinance and was booed by religious protesters.
7. He told BuzzFeed Chan’s comments are indeed protected by the first amendment, but she was wrong not to apologize for what she said:
We’ve gone away from a sense of respect and human kindness that citizens should have for each other. We’re all entitled to rights and beliefs but it’s a shame that she doesn’t see the other side. She doesn’t apologize in her comments at all. It would be the same if someone were making discriminatory remarks against her for being Asian. It’s disrespectful, it’s harmful, it does instigate hate against groups.
8. “That’s the aggression we were fighting in Iraq against Saddam Hussein,” Alva continued. “She’s saying she’s superior to people who don’t see things the way she says they are.”
- Election forecasts are everywhere these days, but what do they really mean? Here's what they tell us 🔍
- Confused refugees question what's next as French authorities begin to clear out the Calais "Jungle" camp.
- Obamacare premiums will jump an average 25% in 2017, but federal officials say subsidies will keep costs low for most people.
- The first Gilmore Girls trailer is finally here and it looks like Luke and Lorelai are together 💛☕️