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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Family Research Council (FRC) expressed strong opposition today to a new ordinance approved by the San Antonio city council that is the first step toward banning orthodox Christians from holding public office in the city.
Of the city council vote FRC President Tony Perkins said:
"This ordinance is a vicious attack on Christians that could be the first step to banning believers from local boards and commissions.
"Not only does the measure contradict Texas's Constitution (which outlaws religious tests), it's a gross infringement on free speech for people serving in council-appointed positions. The ordinance would also bar anyone who would exercise their beliefs in natural marriage or biblical sexuality from doing business with the city.
"Thankfully, Texas leaders from Senator Ted Cruz to state Attorney General Greg Abbott are standing up to the city council's contempt for free speech and religious freedom. We can all be encouraged that leaders like Sen. Cruz, Greg Abbott, and a myriad of churches are stepping up to challenge the city's lawlessness.
"We fully expect that this anti-Christian ordinance will be a magnet for lawsuits and will ultimately be struck down for violating the First Amendment rights of San Antonio residents," concluded Perkins