Gay Vet Wounded in Iraq Booed by Anti-Gay Protesters in Texas
Anti-gay protesters booed a gay Marine veteran, who lost a leg in battle during the Iraq War, when he testified in San Antonio, Texas, this week in support of an anti-discrimination ordinance, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
"I said that if this ordinance doesn’t pass, I could be fired from a job and even thrown out of a restaurant, and people started to boo me," Eric Alva, 42, told the newspaper. "I was real hurt by that. It was unbelievable."
According to the Express-News, Alva was the first American to be injured in the U.S. invasion of Iraq and received medical discharged before being awarded the Purple Heart.
"To all you people that preach the word of God, shame on you, because God loves me, like the day I lay bleeding on the sands of Iraq," Alva said in his speech. "And that’s why he saved me."
Twitter and other social media websites blew up soon after Alva gave his 3-minute speech supporting the ordinance, which would expand anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people and veterans. Alva also took to Facebook soon after he addressed the council on Wednesday, the Huffington Post reports.