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Abbott: SA Gay Anti Discrimination Proposal May be Illegal

Abbott: SA Gay Anti Discrimination Proposal May be Illegal

  Texas Attorney General and Republican governor candidate Greg Abbott hinted today that the gay and lesbian anti discrimination ordinance which is being proposed by San Antonio City Council may be illegal, 1200 WOAI news reprots.

 

  "The Religious Freedom Restoration Act provides that a government agency may not substantially burden a person's free exercise of religion," Abbott said in a statement.

 

  Abbott did not go so far as to threaten to sue to overturn the San Antonio law if it is passed by City Council next week, but he did say that in his opening, the measure 'stifles speech, represses religious liberty, and imposes burdens on those who hold a traditional view on human relations.'

 

  "The proposed ordinance runs contrary to the Texas Constitution, which prohibits religious tests," Abbott said.

 

  The proposal comes up in the City Council work session on Wednesday, and is set for a final vote on September 5.

 

  "Although the proposal has been couches in terms of liberty and equality, it would have the effect of inhibiting the liberty of expression and equality of opportunity for San Antonians," Abbott said.

 

 

 

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