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SAN ANTONIO -- Members and supporters of the LGBT community stormed San Antonio City Hall on Friday afternoon in outrage over District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan and anti-gay comments she allegedly made to members of her staff.

Express-News columnist Brian Chasnoff broke the story with a secret recording provided by one of Chan's staff members -- James Stevens has since resigned from her staff.

Chasnoff said he spoke to Chan before the story published on Friday morning.

She didn't say much about the comments, Chasnoff said. She told me that she had to hear the tape before she could comment to me. So I did ask her about it but she walked away before we could have a discussion.

KENS 5 also reached out to Chan for comment. Her staff said the councilwoman is out of town but will be releasing a statement later in the day.

Chasnoff told KENS 5's Deborah Knapp that Chan, at first, said she did not know James Stevens, the former aide who provided the recording.

First she claimed not to know exactly who I was talking about. Then she said, 'Yes, that does ring a bell,' Chasnoff said.

The recording was allegedly taken at a meeting with Chan and her staff to discuss proposed updates to the city non-discrimination ordinance. The proposal aims to add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity.

Ironically, Elisa Chan is not prohibited from making even these remarks. Even the updated ordinance would not prohibit her from serving on council, Chasnoff said.

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