Posted on September 11, 2013 at 8:32 PM
Friday, Oct 4 at 6:21 PM
SAN ANTONIO -- Less than a week after San Antonio City Council voted to update the city’s non-discrimination ordinance, a recall campaign gathers momentum. It’s targeting the mayor and those council members who supported the new anti-bias protections for the LGBT community.
With American flags waving and horns honking, about a dozen people demonstrated for several hours in front of the north side office of councilman Diego Bernal. Those behind the demonstration were rallying to recall him and any council member who supported the updated non-discrimination ordinance.
As the author of the updated policy, Bernal faces the strongest recall push.
"The mistake was made by the public to let them in office, the council members made the mistake by voting for this ordinance, we’re correcting the matter,” said Weston Martinez, the president of the Bexar County Conservative Coalition.
The coalition is spearheading the grassroots effort to collect signatures. While the group was demonstrating Wednesday, District 1 constituent Erin Lobosco came out to show support for Bernal.
“He’s protecting your freedom, he listened to his constituents, 80 percent of his constituents voted for him,” said Lobosco.
The BCCC claims it has already collected about half of the 6,000 signatures needed to trigger a recall election for Bernal.
“They’re not going to respect our religious rights,” said one woman who was helping to collect signatures.
After Thursday’s vote Mayor Castro told KENS 5 he’s not worried about a recall campaign.
“It’s people’s prerogative to do what they will. The voters of San Antonio elected me to represent everybody and this city that I love will be a city where nobody is a second class citizen, a city that belongs to everyone,” said Castro.
Organizers said they don’t have a total count on signatures, but plan to get more than required since the city clerk would have to validate them.
KENS 5 reached out to Bernal about the recall effort, he said “I respect their rights to do what they’re doing.”