Elisa Chan, a San Antonio city councilwoman who was exposed last week for saying homophobic garbage in a closed-door meeting back in May, responded to the backlash today by saying it's her right to say homophobic garbage. While this is true, it is probably not the best route for Chan to take in order to win over her growing legion of critics.
Reports San Antonio's KENS 5 news, Chan acknowledged in a statement that it was her and her staff who could be heard disparaging LGBT people as "disgusting" in a secretly recorded conversation, but she added that those were her "personal opinions and thoughts as guaranteed to me by the 1st amendment to the U.S. Constitution." She continued: "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."
The mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, has come out to say Chan's comments "were hurtful and misinformed and they don't reflect the views of the overwhelming majority of San Antonians."
You can read about the full extent of Chan and her staffers' anti-gay views below.