SAN ANTONIO -- Religious groups gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday to speak out against the city's proposed non-discrimination ordinance.

The controversial ordinance aims to update San Antonio's hiring practices to protect people based on their gender identity, sexual orientation and veteran status.

Read the proposed changes to the ordinance here.

Church leaders from area Hispanic and African American churches said that if the ordinance passes, it would hinder the civil rights of church leaders in San Antonio.

The main deal today is to separate ourselves or divorce ourselves from the gay and lesbian agenda because they have constantly been trying to attach themselves as a civil rights movement but it's not a civil rights movement. It's a movement of choice, said Tyrone Lee Christian, an associate pastor at My Friends House Christian Fellowship.

People that would like to speak at Wednesday night's city council meeting can sign up online to speak from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday or in person starting at 4 p.m.

The meeting can be accessed from the Main Plaza entrance. Those wishing to attend will have to go through security.

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