Eric Alva, a gay veteran who lost his right leg in the Iraq War, was reportedly booed by anti-gay protesters when he spoke during a hearing at the San Antonio City Council on Wednesday.
The city is considering an ordinance that would add legal protections for sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status.
When the former Marine tried to speak to the council, he was booed by anti-gay "religious groups," according to his posting on his Facebook page.
Alva then said to the protesters: “To all you people that preach the word of God, shame on you because God loves me, like the day I laid bleeding on the sands of Iraq and that’s why he saved me.”
According to MySanAntonio.com, Pastor Charles Flowers led a rally outside the city council and stated: “We need our prayers to touch our council members. Let them vote 'no' to this ordinance, and 'yes' to the reign of the kingdom of God.”
Alva also wrote on his Facebook page: “Well I just left city council chambers and I feel like crying. I have never seen a city so divided and hateful towards each other. All of mankind should be ashamed. I already spoke and even some of the religious groups even booed me as I spoke. Such disrespect as they preach the word of God.”