SAN ANTONIO -- A popular San Antonio evangelist used his Sunday sermon to speak on a proposed city ordinance designed to protect the rights of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people.
Pastor John Hagee, the founder and Senior Pastor of Cornerstone Church, brought up the issue to congregates after meeting with the author of the proposal and reviewing certain changes to the language of the ordinance.
Under the original proposal, Hagee was especially concerned that city council members could stop religious leaders from running for city boards or commissions based off their conservative views on homosexuality.
Hagee released the following statement to KENS 5 on Monday:
"After speaking with San Antonio City Councilman Diego Bernal, it was explained to me that the portions of the proposed ordinance that were most offensive to freedom of speech and freedom of religion, with respect to people of faith being able to serve on the San Antonio City Council, were deleted."
Hagee and other church leaders were initially concerned that the ordinance would infringe upon the first amendment rights and religious liberties of people of faith.
"I'm grateful for our city council's willingness to respond to the concerns of the constituents and I appreciate their efforts to create a non-discriminatory policy that does not discriminate against people of faith," Hagee said.
Bernal told KENS 5 he thought the discussion he had with Hagee was "very healthy."
Bernal said it has been the city's intention all along to protect the citizens of this community by not discriminating against anyone for religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.
The revised ordinance will go before the entire council sometime in September for final approval.