SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) – Bexar County Commissioners have issued a proclamation recognizing June 29 as “Pride Bigger Than Texas” day, but it didn’t come without controversy.
Members of the San Antonio Family Association, some pastors and others spoke out against the proclamation supporting the LBGTQ festival before it was read Tuesday by County Commissioner Tommy Calvert.
“The government has no business using our taxpayer dollars or time to promote depravity and dependencies and addictions,” said Patrick Von Dohlen with the San Antonio Family Association. As a taxpayer of Bexar County, it’s abhorrent to me for the government to promote anything unhealthy.”
Others spoke against same sex marriage and lashed out at commissioners, citing a lack of transparency in issuing the proclamation without any mention of the LGBTQ community.
The president of Pride San Antonio called them “words of hate.” Phillip Barceno said the “Pride Bigger Than Texas” festival “not only celebrates our differences, but also what makes us great citizens of San Antonio and Bexar County.”
From the podium, Barceno gave commissioners the opportunity to speak up if they did not support the proclamation. The response was silence. You could have heard a pin drop in the crowded Commissioners Court room.
When Barceno finished speaking, County Judge Nelson Wolff defended the LGBTQ community.
“The gay and lesbian community is very important to this community. If we want to talk about God, let’s talk about love,” said Wolff.
The “Pride Bigger Than Texas” festival and parade June 29 are sponsored by Pride San Antonio.