Gay marriage opponents face jobs ban (US)

Christian Institute 30 July 2013
The seventh largest city in the US is considering a law which could ban anyone who disagrees with gay marriage from working for the city government.
San Antonio City Council in the US state of Texas is amending its anti-discrimination rules in a move which could also hit city contracts with faith groups.
The proposed new wording for the city ordinance says “no person shall be appointed to a position” if that person has ever shown “a bias, by word or deed” against a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.
An organisation called Faith Outreach criticised the proposals. The group said: “The proposed ordinance includes ‘words’ against sexual orientation or gender identity as discriminatory acts.
“It allows City Council to prohibit those that speak their religious beliefs regarding homosexuality from serving on city boards. This violates First Amendment freedom of speech and freedom of religion.”
The group added: “For example, if a person publically expresses their religious belief that homosexual behaviour is a sin—even if this expression is at a church service—that person could be frozen out of involvement with city government.”
Other proposed changes to the city ordinances could affect contracts with outside agencies like churches and other faith groups.

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