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Gay Vet Wounded in Iraq Booed by Anti-Gay Protesters in Texas

by Jason St. Amand
National News Editor
Tuesday Aug 20, 2013

Anti-gay protesters booed a gay Marine veteran, who lost a leg in battle during the Iraq War, when he testified in San Antonio, Texas, this week in support of an anti-discrimination ordinance, the San Antonio Express-News reports.

"I said that if this ordinance doesn't pass, I could be fired from a job and even thrown out of a restaurant, and people started to boo me," Eric Alva, 42, told the newspaper. "I was real hurt by that. It was unbelievable."

According to the Express-News, Alva was the first American to be injured in the U.S. invasion of Iraq and received medical discharged before being awarded the Purple Heart.

"To all you people that preach the word of God, shame on you, because God loves me, like the day I lay bleeding on the sands of Iraq," Alva said in his speech. "And that's why he saved me."

Twitter and other social media websites blew up soon after Alva gave his 3-minute speech supporting the ordinance, which would expand anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people and veterans. Alva also took to Facebook soon after he addressed the council on Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports.

"Well I just left city council chambers and I feel like crying," he wrote. "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 added another update to included a picture of Alva with the text of his speech imposed on the picture.

The Express-News reports there were about 300 anti-gay protesters, led by local religious leaders. They rallied outside San Antonio's city hall before they streamed the debate online.

"We need our prayers to touch our council members," Pastor Charles Flowers told the Express-News. "Let them vote 'no' to this ordinance, and 'yes' to the reign of the kingdom of God."

The same ordinance has ignited a controversy around San Antonio councilwoman Elisa Chan. A former aide allegedly released an audio recording that found the lawmaker spewing anti-gay remarks during a meeting on the measure. On Monday, Chan released a statement defending her comments.

"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," Chan said. "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."


  • gdhamf, 2013-08-20 22:48:22

    This brings shame to all of Texas and hurts ALL of America. Sad day indeed.

  • gdhamf, 2013-08-21 04:04:09

    To this Chan woman, you are a public employee in a public building paid for by the public on public time, you have NO reasonable expectation of privacy. The only place you have the right to expect privacy is in a bathroom stall so get over it dumb-ass

  • Corey, 2013-08-21 17:35:30

    States like Texas, Alaska and Florida need to sucede already, so we can cut them off and let them live in they’re Wild West fantasy world. I would never go into the military for any country, even Mahmud Ali had enough self esteem to refuse. Conservative Christians should be exterminated, they have NEVER done anything good, in fact, those types are the ones that have caused most blood shed throughout history. To this day they only cause pain, usually aimed at minorities. I say exterminate them all!! If I could get a stand your ground law in my state, is sit on my front steps and shoot any conservative Christian I saw because they threaten my very equality, my very existence, and yes, I do mean what I am saying!!!!

  • , 2013-08-23 11:22:58

    all groups should lose their 501 c tax free status for making political statements which is strickly disallowed there is a group of gay and non gay people thru the miracle of modern electronics data bases created to "George Wallace " people that make anti gay remarks past and present data base all military members, political, religious, actors name it if you have hate in your heart we will find you and put you on our list ...some one once said "hate motivates" us

  • Wayne M., 2013-08-23 20:40:33

    If this is how the United States treats those who serve the country in times of war and threat to national security, why would anyone want to serve the country? Regardless of how one may feel on homosexuality, Eric Alva is a hero and deserves to be treated as such. His comments also show he is more in touch with the true gospel and Kingdom of God than "Pastor" Flowers. Eric understands the depth of God’s love and does not use religion as an excuse to justify discrimination.

  • GAG'EM, 2013-08-23 21:58:28

    This reminds me of black soldiers in WW II who came home to a segregated South and had to use the "Colored" facilities while the Nazi POWs were given the privilege of using the "Whites Only" facilities. The situations may not be exactly analogous, but it still raises the question: Why exactly DO gays want to serve in the military? I mean, whose freedom are they fighting and dying (and losing limbs) for? Rather than demanding the ’right’ to serve, we should be refusing to serve until we are granted full equality in all areas of society.

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